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How To Choose a Memorial

Learn How To Choose a Headstone, Cemetery Monument, Gravestone, Grave Marker or Memorial for an Iowa or Illinois Cemetery

How to Get Started Choosing a Type of Memorial and Beginning the Design Process

Purchasing a memorial is a unique experience. You are making decisions that will endure for generations. Very often, those decisions must represent the varied wishes and opinions of family members. At Iowa Memorial Granite Company, our trained professionals can help guide you through the important decisions involved in creating a memorial of everlasting beauty.

Step One
Determine the requirements and regulations of your cemetery. Many cemeteries have monument size and shape requirements based on the number of graves a family owns. Some cemeteries only allow specific colors of granite, while others require bronze markers. For help finding your cemetery's requirements, please call us at 563-263-5484.

Step Two
Select the color of granite for the memorial. Granite color varies depending on where it was quarried. We import granite from all over the world and offer a selection of beautiful granite colors from North America. In fact, we have the largest selection of colors available. Memorial price depends, in part, on your choice of granite.

Step Three
To make a memorial design your family's personal tribute to a loved one, please consider several important questions:
1) What shape of stone do you prefer?
2) What design elements should your memorial feature?
3) Would you like to inscribe a family saying or religious verse?
4) What other personal elements are important for your memorial?

The best way to answer these questions is to visit a showroom and let our designers guide you through the process. Our website lists our location, including directions and phone numbers. View some examples in our virtual monument gallery.

Depending on style and granite color, your memorial can take from six weeks to six months to be made. Popular granite colors and sizes are often already in inventory, so many memorials can be delivered in 8-12 weeks. We are one of the few monument companies in Iowa with our own manufacturing plant, which ensures that your memorial will be of superior quality.

To learn more about ordering a monument, download our "Pricing and Ordering" PDF or call 563-263-5484.

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