Gravestone Delivery Issues
Cemeteries throughout the country vary in how
they operate and deal with gravestones purchased from outside dealers.
Therefore, it is imperative that the headstone dealer you use contacts the cemetery to verify that the gravestone meets the cemetery requirements before putting it into production.
In addition here are some facts to consider regarding certain
Cemetery Applications, Setting Permits
and Authorization Forms
These are various forms one of which may
be required by your cemetery for the placement of a headstone on
the grave. These documents normally call for
information regarding the specifications of the gravestone and sometimes
a drawing. They may also request information about the monument
dealer who is selling the headstone to you. Finally the lot owner
or next of kin may need to sign the form authorizing the placement
of the memorial.
If your cemetery requires one of these
documents your monument dealer should acquire it from them and fill in the details
pertaining to the memorial specifications and monument dealer information.
Monument dealers should have no problem taking care of this type of paperwork since they deal with many of the cemeteries on a regular basis.
New Jersey Cemeteries
Since New Jersey law does not allow cemeteries
to conduct sales of gravestone and grave markers, most of these
cemeteries will not install memorials purchased from outside dealers.
Many of them will however, provide the foundation
(if their rules require one) for a fee. If this applies to your
situation then you will need to find a monument dealer who can not only sell you the gravestone, but also arrange for the installation of it.
Catholic cemeteries are maintained by
the Catholic Diocese. These cemeteries typically require an application/permit
to be submitted for the installation of a memorial. Their rules
are usually stringent and almost always require a Christian symbol
such as a cross, image of Jesus or a saint to be presented on
These are cemeteries in outlying towns and rural
areas. Most of these cemeteries do not have a business office
and are not maintained by a full time grounds crew. If you are ordering from an out-of-town monument company such as Everlife Memorials, then an alternative point of delivery may be necessary .
If the cemetery is not capable
of receiving the shipment, the headstone may be delivered to a
local business. It is important that the business accepting the delivery is capable of receiving the shipment from a freight truck. This may necessitate having a loading dock or fork lift to offload the heavier types of gravestones. Many of the smaller gravestones can be offloaded by hand, that is two sets of hands one being the truck dirver's.