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Custom Monument Company offers a wide variety of monument sizes and styles to suit every cemetery requirement and family budget.  We hope this guide will be helpful in determining which type of monument you are interested in. Please feel free to visit our Online Catalog & Monument Designer to browse our extensive catalog of designs that may be customized for you and your loved ones.

Family or Estate Monuments

These monuments typically display a family name and have multiple ledgers, bevel markers, slant markers or flat markers to represent individual members of the family.

companion monuments

These monuments typically have inscription panels on the face of the monument for individuals.

Childress Sign

individual monuments

These monuments are typically smaller and are ideal for individuals.  It is possible to place inscriptions on one of these monuments for two individuals, however space may be limited.

etching grave marker

half serpentine monuments

These monuments may be used for Family or Estate monuments, Individual Monuments or Companion monuments depending on the arrangment of the inscriptions and placement of markers or ledgers for individuals.  It is also a nice way to feature a vase for flowers.

wing-style monuments

These are popular companion style monuments and present a nice opportunity for a flower vase.

slant markers

These are called Slants due to the slanted face.  This face makes the monument easier to read as a visitor approaches the grave from a distance.  These are available in single and double sizes.

bevel markers

These are called Bevels because of the beveled or slanted face of the marker.  This makes the monument easy to read when standing at the foot of the grave site.

flat markers

These are also called Grass Markers or Flush Markers because the are flat or flush against the grass at the grave site.


Grave Ledgers, also called Covers, are ideal for use with Family or Estate monuments where individual graves need to be marked.  These offer ample room for inscriptions and dates.

stone with vases


Etchings are typically placed on black stones and may be created by hand with a diamond tipped tool or with the use of a laser.  Etchings may be high contrast black and white, or they may be in color.
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mausoleums or crypts

These may be large enough to walk into and may provide room for one to twelve spaces depending upon the size.

Columbarium or Cremation Monument

Most all monuments may be fitted with a cored space in the monument or base for storage of cremains.  Some monuments, however, are specially designed for cremains.  The small cremation bench and the larger columbarium shown below are examples of just two alternatives.  


Benches are an ideal way to remember a loved on in a non-traditional setting such as a courtyard or other public area. Some cemetery lots may be large enough to allow a bench.


There are many techniques for carving stone or etching images into a stone surface.  Here are four of the most popular processes.

Types of Stone Carving

Bas Relief: The entire surface of the monument is cut away leaving the flowers in bas relief on top of the other surface.
Etching: Typically used on black granite, this technique cracks the surface of the granite using a diamond tipped tool or a laser. When the granite's polished surface is etched, it creates a high contrast image on the stone. This is popular for photos and portraits.
Flat Carving or Line Carving: This process involves sandblasting an image on the stone. There is no dimensioning or relief given to the carving.
Shaped Carving: This is a time-consuming technique that requires years of training with sandblast tools. This process involves shaping the petals and leaves of flowers with a special sandblast nozzle. Shaped carving gives depth and a sense of reality to the carvings on a monument. 


We offer many styles of lettering.  In addition to a variety of fonts, we also offer a variety of techniques for carving lettering into stone.  This involves different outline treatments as well as different processes for finishing the stone or panel area around lettering.  Here are some samples that may help you with your selection.  

Letter Carving Types 1

Round Edge Raised Letters in a Straight Line Panel (Modified Classic Roman)

Round Edge Raised Letters in Relief (Custom Lettering/Hand-Drawn)

Sunk (V-Sunk) Sandblasted In Steeled Finish (Modified Roman)   

Sunk (V-Sunk) Sandblasted In Steeled Finish (Condensed Modified Roman)

Sunk (Sandblasted) Into Polish (Vermarco) 

Frosted Outline (Double Outline) Letters in Polish (Old English)

Letter Carving Types 2

Sunk (V-Sunk) Sandblasted In Steeled Finish (Old English)

Frosted Outline (Double Outline) Letters in Polish (Custom Font/Hand-Drawn)  

Square Edge Raised Letters in a Straight Line Panel (Modified Classic Roman)  

Sunk (V-Sunk) Sandblasted In Steeled Finish (Unical gothic)

Frosted Outline (Double Outline) Letters in Polish (Modified Roman)

Frosted Outline (Double Outline) Letters in Polish (Sans Serif/Optima)  

Sunk (V-Sunk) Sandblasted In Steeled Finish (Modified Roman)


There are many techniques for finishing the surface of a granite memorial.  This is often determined by the type and color of granite as well as the memorial design. 

Types of Stone Finishes

Polished Finish: Abrasives are rubbed on the surface of the stone with high-speed polishing wheels to create a polished surface

Sawed, Steeled, Frosted: This matte finish is created by sawing the surface.  It may also be accomplished by sandblasting the surface with steel shot, or by frosting it with sandblast sand.

Polished Margin: The surface is polished and a panel area is frosted, making a place for lettering. 

Shell Rock: This is a hewn surface with hewn sides.  This also referred to as Rock Pitch when seen on the sides of a monument.