Monument Lettering Services
How is cemetery lettering done / what's the process?
A customer will contact us letting us know they need new lettering added to their headstone. Once we have the new lettering details, we will visit the stone to take measurements and get a "rubbing" of the existing lettering. A rubbing helps ensure that the new lettering we are adding will match the format, font, size, and spacing of the existing lettering. Working off the rubbing, we create a drawing of the new lettering using a CAD (computer aided design) program. The computerized drawing is cut into a rubber stencil which will be used in the final engraving process. We take the rubber stencil back to the headstone and using a sandblast process, each character is engraved to a specific depth, which is usually based on the depth of the existing lettering. When the sandblast work is finished, each character is again inspected for consistency.
Lettering is not done in the colder months but you can call and order your lettering and it will be done in warmer weather and you will be billed for it at that time.
Adding a Date of Passing to a memorial starts at $300.00 if the cemetery
is located within 25 miles of Comolli Granite in Ashaway, RI. An extra
charge will apply for distances of more than 25 miles. Any additional
lettering beyond a date of passing will be $9.00 per character.
Please complete the form shown below to submit a lettering service request. After submitting this request, a representative from Comolli Granite will contact you via email to finalize your lettering request.
Common Monument Style Options
Slant (with or without Base)
Flush: Flat Marker Flush to the ground
Flush Markers often give a cemetery a consistent appearance. Flush markers make it easier to mow grass and care for the property. Lawnmowers may run over flowers, vases, or personal items left at the grave. These Markers can get overgrown with grass and do need to be trimmed after several years. You need to be standing over it to read it, making it difficult to find a grave.
Bevel (Hickey): Flat marker that sits on top of ground
A beveled marker sits on top of the ground, generally 8”-10” above it. They are easier to see than flush markers. The slight bevel to the top makes it easier to read and will stay clean longer than a flat marker. They can be modified to be able to receive cremation remains. You need to be within 5 to 10 feet to read the marker making it hard to find.
A Companion Marker for the four-legged Family Member in your life. Can either be above or flush with the ground.
Slant Memorial; with or without a base
These memorials provide a large design area for more information and bigger letters on the face of the memorial. Due to upright position it can be read from a greater distance and stays cleaner than flush or bevel markers. A Veteran's bronze service plaque can be affixed to the back upon the Family’s wishes. By adding a 6” to 8” base you gain extra height for visibility and lawnmower protection. A 8" base can also 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 to mount the Veteran's bronze plaque.
Many other styles are available as well, including heart and angel shaped monuments. Contact Comolli Granite and we will assist you in selecting the ideal memorial for your loved one.
Additional Monument Services
In addition to the new monuments described above, Comolli Granite also provides monument cleaning services and lettering services to update date of passing information. To learn more about these additional monument services, select one of the links below:
> Monument Lettering Services
> Monument Cleaning Services