I have never bought a monument before, where do I begin?
With the purchase of any memorial there are five basic decisions that have to be made; they are style,
size, material, finish and design. At Sanderson Monument we can help guide you through these
decisions to create a memorial that reflects your loved ones beliefs and values.
Do we need to purchase a monument as soon as a death has occurred?
No. Some families are ready to purchase a memorial soon after, other families need more time to
grieve and heal. There is no correct time to wait. We encourage families to take the necessary time to
grieve before purchasing a monument.
Do all cemeteries allow the same type of monuments?
Every cemetery has their own set of rules and regulations. We are familiar with the different cemeteries
and we are able to help guide you to ensure that what you choose will conform to your cemetery.
How long does take to make a monument?
Depending on the complexity of the monument and design, it usually takes 6 - 10 weeks from the time
a monument is purchased until it is installed in the cemetery.
Where does the granite come from?
There are a few granites, such as grey and pink, that come from quarries in Canada and United States.
The rest of the granites come from all over the world.
Are all granites equal?
No. There is a wide range of granites that monument companies will use. Some companies cut costs
by using inferior granites. It might take 10 - 15 years but these inferior granites can fade, discolour or
crack over time. At Sanderson Monument we will only use the highest quality granite and we give a
How long will a monument last?
If quality materials and workmanship are used, a monument will last for hundreds of years so that future
generations have a place to connect to the past. This was R.J. Sanderson's philosophy in 1872 and has
been passed down for 5 generations.
If I want a special shape or design can you do it?
Yes, we have full time artist and designers on staff that can personalize any design or idea you have.
We use time tested craftmanship with modern technology to carve those ideas into granite to create a
monument that is specific to you.
How much does a monument cost?
There are many variables that will determine the cost of a monument such as style, size, material,
finish and design. The average flat marker families choose cost between $600 - $1000. The average
upright style monument families purchase cost between $3000 - $6000.