Stones of Remembrance

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

  • The cemetery has a consistent appearance

  • Flush markers make it easier to mow grass

  • 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

  • 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

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

Slant & Slant on Base Style

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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Cremation Style

  • 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

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

Bench Style

  • 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

  • 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