Cemetery monuments are exposed to the rigorous temperature changes of our Northeast seasons. Wet and dry environments, frost and thaw of spring and fall grounds can up-heave stones and foundations, especially with older set monuments. Environmental pollutants create breeding grounds for lichen, mold and moss, leading to black stains and biological growth on monuments that can obscure inscriptions and make beautifully carved monuments unsightly.
Many passing through a cemetery do not realize that memorials are the property and responsibility of the lot holders as they are the owners of the memorials. The Cemetery is unable to use perpetual care funds to clean, repair or re-set monuments.
If you notice an issue with a loved one’s monument, do not attempt to move or fix it on your own! An average monument weighs between 180-220 pounds per cubic foot. Attempting to adjust a monument on your own or without expertise can cause damage, collapse of the monument, and injury to you or others. Please contact us so that we can assist or advise you on how to safely accomplish cleaning, re-setting or restoring your monument.