Nelsons Funeral Home, Professional Care Map It Icon 135 N. Center
P.O. Box 1548
Gaylord, MI 49734
Toll Free:
1-888-732-1770
Phone:
989-732-1770
Fax:
989-732-0843
Hotline:
989-732-6160

Nelson Monument Company

 
For years to come, generations will remember the life of a loved one through the information they find on a headstone or memorial plaque. Such monuments make it simple for others to locate the grave site and to remember important details of a special life. At Nelson Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Gaylord, MI we are pleased to assist you in the important task of designing your permanent grave monument or memorial.
 
We offer elegant marble, bronze and granite headstones, with a variety of options in fonts, colored lettering, borders and emblems. Memorial plaques are available in a choice of finishes as well. Today’s monuments may be customized in an endless variety of options and designs, fit for every budget and location.
 

 Monument Options

Many cemeteries have strict rules on the types of memorial headstones that they will allow onto their burial grounds. Each memorial can be personalized and customized to properly honor the life of a loved one.
 
For more information on a monument, please contact the Nelson Funeral Home & Cremation Service at (989) 732-1770 for assistance in creating a lasting tribute to a special life. 
 

Flush Style

                                                         
Benefits:
The cemetery has a consistent appearance
Flush markers make it easier to mow grass

Concerns:

Lawnmowers may run over flowers, vases, or personal items left at the grave
Markers overgrow with grass just like a driveway or sidewalk
You need to be standing over it to read it, making it difficult to find a grave
 

Bevel Style

                                       

Benefits:

Above ground and easier to see than flush markers 
Slight slope to top makes it easier to read and will stay clean longer than a flat marker 
If  8” or taller they can be cored to receive cremated remains

Concerns: 

You still need to be within 5 to 10  feet to read the marker making it hard to find.
 

Slant & Slant on Base Style

                                                   

Benefits:

Larger design area allows for more information and bigger letters 
Can be read from a greater distance. Stays much cleaner than flush or bevel markers
A Veteran's bronze service plaque can be attached to the back 
By adding a base you get extra height for visibility and lawnmower protection  
A base at least 8" in height can be cored to receive cremated remains 

Concerns:

While the family name, children's names, or other information can be placed on the back, it may limit the ability of mounting the Veteran's bronze plaque
Without a base, a lawnmower can chip the lower face if the sexton is not careful
 
 

Monument Style

                                                 

Benefits:

Easiest to find in the cemetery
Largest design area available 
Can easily be shaped in a wide variety of custom shapes, like a heart, tear drop, car, horse, etc. 
Stays clean longer than other styles 
Base of monument protects from mower damage 
Can be cored to receive cremated remains 
Can be read from a distance 
Offers lots of room on back for design, lettering and mounting a Veteran's bronze plaque if family desires

Concerns:

None
 

 Cremation Style 

                                   

Benefits:

Permanently houses cremains in a sealed, dry, above ground natural unit 
Allows grave space to be used for standard interment
Provides a permanent, historical, remembrance spot

Concerns:

Cemetery regulations may dictate use and determine how many cremains may be placed in memorial
 

Bench Style

                                              

 Benefits:

Provide a place for people to sit and find solace while visiting cemetery 
Unique style and shape makes memorial easier to find among traditional memorials 
Some styles of benches can be cored to receive cremated remains

Concerns:

Depending on type and size of bench, it may not be as easy to read the lettering
A bench may limit the size of design and amount of information that can be placed on it