The intrinsic nature of a memorial is for everlasting display. For this purpose, cemeteries recommend only those materials that we know will maintain their integrity for decades and centuries to come.
Granite – Well known for its extraordinary resistance to time and weather, high quality granite comes from quarries all over the world, including Africa, South America, Asia, Europe and even local Ontario Quarries. Granite also comes in a large selection of beautiful colours – blacks, greys, pinks, reds, greens, and a selection of face finishes – polished, steeled, rough or smooth.
Bronze – Diecast Bronze Plates are often seen on cremation niches, on flat markers, or as plaques for tree and bench memorials. While over time and when exposed to weather, bronze may patina (change in colour tones toward green) the beauty of the product is never diminished.
We will assist and advise on which combination will showcase the design and engraving in the best manner for your monument or marker.
Marble and Limestone – these materials are no longer offered as weather and time have shown that they are vulnerable to “sugaring” (erosion) and breakage when exposed to the elements.
Considerations for Personalization
In order to make this process as personal and meaningful as possible, it is useful to consider how you may want to represent these unique elements into a memorial:
Faith And Beliefs – through traditional symbols, icons, shape, quoted scripture
Character And Traits – through etchings, portraits, lyrics and sayings
Family And Cultural Heritage – family relationships and genealogy is often captured.
Accomplishments – goals, dreams, and purpose
Profession - often easiest to portray through symbols
Events And Occasions of Significance – those most treasured and memorable moments.
Social And Civic Contributions - service to country, local organizations, churches and charities
Hobbies And Interests – those activities that provide passion and excitement in our lives.