No. Typically it takes from 4 weeks to 180 days to produce and deliver your memorial. Most cemeteries will have the ground prepared and the foundation in prior to that.
We expect to deliver your completed memorial (if using inventory stock) in 4 to 6 weeks after you have approved your artwork. Memorials from non-inventory stock can take up to 90 to 180 days to complete and deliver. We custom order the stock, after your approved artwork is received, so that you can make any changes you want during the time you are designing the marker. Then need to wait for the granite to arrive, either from a domestic site or from an international quarry. Winter also interrupts our schedule for deliveries.
Memorials are to represent the individuals they are made for… who better to decide how they want to be remembered than the person the marker is for? Decision making in advance is easier than at a time of grief.
Today, most markers are made of one of three materials, granite, marble or bronze. We recommend granite because of the options it gives you and the durability of granite. See our information section for more details.
Wittenbeck Memorial, Inc. normally installs the memorials it makes. There are some cemeteries that require that they do the installation; in this situation, Wittenbeck Memorial, Inc. simply delivers the marker to the cemetery.
No, marking a grave space is optional. We, of course, recommend it as it provides a place for reflection, comfort, and it also offers genealogical information for future generations.
Depending on the type of material that is used durability will vary. Marble will break down quickly while granite will endure typical weathering for ages.
Marble is a metamorphic stone and will break down over time when exposed to the weather, while granite is an igneous rock and will show little to no change for centuries.
Yes, we are a complete custom manufacturer and can likely fabricate any design you would like.
This is strictly a personal choice; listing the full date of birth and passing gives complete information for future generations, but the choice is yours.
If the problem concerns the actual marker we suggest you first call us.
No, marker regulations vary from cemetery to cemetery and in some cases vary inside the same cemetery from section to section or even lot to lot. It is always best to check with your cemetery, or a qualified monument company, to be sure you purchase something that conforms to your cemetery’s restrictions.
The cost of your memorial will vary, based on size, material, finish, and possible extra items such as vases or ceramic photos. Remember, above all else… when it comes to a marker you truly get what you pay for. Anyone can adjust quality to accommodate a lower price. We are happy to give you specific prices by asking a few simple questions.