Commonly Asked Questions

What will I pay for a memorial?
The price of a memorial starts at about $500. Most people find something they like between $2,000 and $6,000. This pricing includes standard lettering and carving.

Why such a large cost range?
The price of your memorial is determined by the following factors:

  • Granite Quality – The best quality granites are weather resistant and warrantied against cracking, fading, and discoloration.
  • Memorial Size – Generally the larger the memorial, the more it will cost. A memorial’s size may be determined by design, style, and cemetery regulations.
  • Granite Color – Granite is a natural product obtained from quarries worldwide. The more uniform the color and texture, the higher the cost.
  • Lettering and Carving – Longstreth is a full-service monument company. We do not charge extra for lettering and carving.
  • Memorial Finish – The finish, or texture, of a memorial plays a large role in the look and cost of your memorial, but does not affect the durability of the memorial.

Are there any additional costs?
Yes. All monuments and headstones require a foundation. Foundations range in cost which is usually determined by the cemetery.

Do I need to wait for the ground to settle before placing a memorial?
Most cemeteries do not require a wait time for placement of a memorial. If a quality foundation is poured, your monument should not experience settling.

Can a memorial be placed any time of year?
Memorials can be set in the cemetery almost year-round as long as the foundation is in place.

How long does it take to craft a memorial?
Production time of your monument or headstone depends upon your granite and craftsmanship choices. Most memorials require 60 to 90 days to craft, though some may take as long as six months to produce.

May I make payments on the memorial?
Yes. Most often people pay 1/2 down and 1/2 when the monument or headstone is ready to be set. We understand that this does not work for everyone who needs a memorial, so we offer interest free financing as well.

May I purchase my own headstone while I’m still living?
Most definitely. Planning your monument or headstone in advance of needing it benefits you and your family. You have the opportunity to express how you want to be remembered and your loved ones are not put through the stress of making these lasting decisions at an emotionally stressful time.


Do you still have questions? Call for a phone consultation or to schedule an appointment.