Can You Buy a Cemetery Monument Online?


Brick-and-mortar sales (as in buying something in person from a retailer) are still more popular than e-commerce (buying something online). In Australia, brick-and-mortar retail accounts for around $200 billion of sales per year, with e-commerce sales at approximately $25.7 billion per year. There are few limits to what can be purchased online, and this includes things you might not necessarily associate with online shopping. Even though it's possible, should you purchase a cemetery monument online? 

The Cemetery

Purchasing a cemetery monument online is a straightforward process, although it's important to be aware of any potential complications. One of these primary complications is whether or not your chosen monument will be permitted by the cemetery where your loved one will be laid to rest. This is usually only an issue with large, especially ornamental monuments. Standard, flat single headstones or single monuments should be fine, but it's helpful to have a list of guidelines and restrictions from the cemetery before choosing a monument. 

Size, Shape, and Material

When purchasing a monument online, the first step is to choose the size, shape, and material of the monument. The chosen material (traditionally granite, marble, or slate) will influence the price, although these stones are preferred for their durability and weather resistance. The size of the monument will also influence how much information it can include, so if you wish to include items such as a photograph etched into the stone or an epitaph, then a larger monument will be required. 

Final Approval

Of course, a larger monument will increase the cost of the process, and again, you should ensure that the projected size will be permitted by the cemetery. Once the size and content of the monument have been determined, the online monument retailer should ideally be able to provide you with a mockup of the design. This allows for your final approval before the monument is actually manufactured. 

Delivery and Installation

Once manufactured, the monument is ready for delivery and installation. You must be sure that this is included in the overall price of the monument. Be careful to inspect the price breakdown of the monument to ensure that you won't be charged an additional fee for the headstone to be delivered and professionally installed with a base that offers appropriate anchoring. 

Yes, you can easily purchase a cemetery monument online. However, given the significance of the item, you need to make sure that you know precisely what you're getting and that it's going to be accepted for its intended purpose.

To learn more, contact a resource that offers single monuments.


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