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memorial monuments, mausoleums, cemetery memorials The family business quickly flourished and a second location, Tully Memorials in East Hanover was purchased. Then, a third, McHugh Memorials also in East Hanover, followed by a fourth in Westfield, NJ.
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Affordable Headstones

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The passing of a loved one can be a difficult experience on many levels. Handling funeral arrangements and contacting other friends and family can be an emotional drain. While this taxing emotional time is to be somewhat expected, a financial drain can be very burdensome. Funeral services, burial plots, headstones and other post-life services can be quite expensive and are part of an ever growing business. Many post-life service companies are now offering a variety of affordable alternatives as a way to alleviate the funeral expense burden.

Graves and memorials give those still living a place for mourning and remembrance of loved ones who have passed away. Headstones and grave markers have always been a significant part of a burial plot service. They serve as a memorial to mark the location in a cemetery or mausoleum where a loved one is laid to rest. Headstones are usually marked with the family name, symbols or a quote to provide a visual representation of a person's memory. In the past, the shape of the headstone and symbols engraved on it indicated a person's beliefs, wealth or significance in the community. As an example, the symbol of an arch represents the union with a partner in Heaven and a stump-shaped headstone is indicative of membership in a fraternal organization. While using symbols is still significant, the options for what is engraved on a headstone are much less restricted in modern times.

One of the advantages of modern headstone technology is the capability of laser engraving. Laser engraving takes significantly less time than traditional stonecutting by a monumental mason. It is also more readily available and much less expensive. One more advantage is that the precision of the laser allows for much more detail and speed in carving. A design is created with a computer and the laser then cuts the exact design created. Laser cutting granite headstones costs significantly less than traditional stonecutting and is one way that headstones are made more affordable.

Cemeteries often have specific regulations based on national codes about the size and type of materials used for headstones. Before seeking out affordable headstones made of non-traditional materials, make sure to find out from the cemetery what regulations are imposed on headstones for the plot being used. Most regulated cemeteries require that stone based materials be used, which eliminates a lot of modern affordable materials. For those that do not regulate materials, many affordable headstone companies are turning to plaster or plastic headstones. These are very inexpensive when compared to marble or stone. The longevity of these materials is not as well known when exposed to the elements in a cemetery.

Affordable headstone options are widely available. Choosing the right option for your situation may take a little research, but a funeral home should be able to assist with the details of plot regulation specifications. Taking advantage of one of the many cost-cutting opportunities with headstone selection can make a big difference in the overall cost of funeral and post-life services.

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