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Rome Monument Is A Leader In The Cemetery Monument and Memorial Industry

Rome Monument, a leading monument maker and death care industry company, strives to give our time and resources to the people and organizations involved in the memorial industry. The Monument Builders of North America (MBNA) is the largest international association of persons and firms in the memorial industry.

Rome Monument volunteered its services to help clean the 200 headstones Riverview Cemetery in Kiski Township

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Death Care Industry Overview

Listed below is an overview of the death care industry in the United States along with news, companies, trends, statistics, jobs, industry forecasts, research, memorial products and funeral services.

Description of the Death Industry

The death industry, also called the death care industry, generates $20 billion dollars a year in revenues in the United States. The terms death industry or death care industry describes companies such as Rome Monument based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Rome Monument is just one of thousands of companies in the United States that manufacture products and provide services related to dying, burial and the end oflife for humans- and pets too.

This industry includes monument manufacturers and dealers such as Rome Monument. Other types of businesses in this industry include funeral homes such as Dignity Memorial, which is the consumer-facing brand name for SCI which is the largest funeral company in the United States. Service Corporation International (SCI) is a major supplier of deathcare products and services including funeral, cremation, and cemetery services. There are over 22,000 funeral homes in business in the United States.

Crematoriums and crematories are categorized as death industry businesses as are coffing manufacturers, cemeteries and memorial parks. Even pet cemeteries are included in this industry.

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High Quality Mausoleum Design and Construction Overview
Posted on November 29, 2018

In this video, Rome Monument shows you how to tell the difference between high quality mausoleum and low quality mausoleum design and construction. In addition to a superior, professional design, the quality of a mausoleum depends on such factors as the reputation of the granite quarry, the quality of the granite, foundation, base course, side walls, roof and joints, among other construction elements. Water is one of the most damaging influences for a mausoleum. Only a well-built mausoleum that is constructed with high grade granite from reputable quarries is likely to withstand the damaging effects of moisture and water. Of course, other environmental factors such as wind, temperature extremes, and high water tables can also play a role in the deterioration of a mausoleum. A quality built mausoleum can last for centuries – a poorly built mausoleum with inferior materials can start to deteriorate in just a few years. That’s why it is important to hire a mausoleum construction company that designs and builds mausoleums in accordance with strict mausoleum construction standards as set by local, state and federal law. This video also shows you how to order or purchase the highest quality, completely personalized private family mausoleums from a Rome Monument Showroom in Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania, or from your home anywhere in the United States. We start with a family consultation (pre-need is recommended) in which we discuss your personalized family mausoleum design. Through detailed CAD drawings, followed by architectural renderings, we fine-tune the mausoleum design plans so that our skilled monument craftspeople can present you with a mausoleum your family will absolutely love! Once designed and constructed, the mausoleum is delivered, assembled and installed in the cemetery of your choice. You can order, buy, purchase and commission a Private Family Mausoleum with any number of crypts in different styles, shapes, sizes, and price ranges. The following will give you a general understanding of family mausoleum costs.

  • Single Crypt Mausoleum Prices Start at $12,000
  • Two Crypt Mausoleum Prices Start at $23,000
  • Private Family Walk-In Mausoleums Start at $85,000
  • Chapel Mausoleum Prices Start at $180,000
  • Garden Mausoleum Prices Start at $200,000
To Inquire About Ordering a Private Family Mausoleum, call 724-770-0100 or email info@romemonuments.com
 
To learn more about mausoleum design and construction, go to: https://www.romemonuments.com/commissioning_the_design_and_construction_of_a_mausoleum
 
To see private family and estate mausoleum design pictures, go to: https://www.romemonuments.com/mausoleums
 
Read about mausoleum construction standards that Rome Monument meticulously follows: https://www.romemonuments.com/mausoleum_construction_company_standards
 
Rome Monument is a mausoleum and cemetery monument design and construction company with headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Rome has been one of the country’s premier mausoleum builders since 1934.

Rome Monument Designs and Builds Two Crypt Mausoleum for Sandys Family In Toledo Ohio

Posted on November 19, 2018
Rome Monument completed the design, construction and installation of a two crypt mausoleum for Thomas C. Sandys (Born April 28, 1936) and Kathleen A. Sandys (Born April 9, 1940) of Maumee, Ohio. The high quality family mausoleum was built at the Rome Monument Artisan Center in Pittsburgh, PA and then transported to Resurrection Cemetery in Toledo, Ohio where it was installed. The cemetery is one of Toledo's largest and newest Catholic cemeteries. It sits on over 235 acres of land that features a 2 acre lake. The cemetery located on Hill Avenue is just a few miles north of Maumee, Ohio. The side-by-side two crypt mausoleum was built with jet black granite and features a flat roof. The double mausoleum (for two people) was set on a solid granite base course to keep water from entering the crypts. Two crosses were etched into the front of the mausoleum, above the couple's names. The private family mausoleum was purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Sandys before their deaths. Their death dates have not been etched into the mausoleum. Rome Monument will provide on-site engraving after the death of each spouse. This type of 'pre-need' ordering and purchasing arrangement is becoming more popular with Rome Monument's mausoleum customers. Rome Monument offers a "Pre-Arranged Cemetery Monument Plan" allows individuals and families to plan and pay for their mausoleum prior to their passing.

Rome Monument Designed, Built and Installed Two Crypt Family Mausoleum For McKinney Family of Arkansas

Posted on November 19, 2018
Rome Monument recently completed the design, construction and installation of a two crypt 'side-by-side' mahogany color granite mausoleum for the McKinney family of Arkansas. Rome Monument built the mausoleum in Pittsburgh, PA and then transported it to the New Cemetery in Mulberry, Arkansas where it was set on a solid granite base course. The mausoleum, which features a granite gable style roof, memorializes Janice Sue Meador (January 1, 1952 - June 1, 2018) and Jerry Raymond McKinney (Born February 15, 1950). Janice McKinney was a member of the First Baptist Church in Mulberry and the owner of the Blossom Shop in Mulberry for 25 years.The couple was married on October 27, 1972 and their wedding date was inscribed into the front of the mausoleum. Another inscription on the mausoleum reads "Parents of Erin, Grandparents's of Destin, Halyn and Ashtyn". An etched cross and flowers also adorn the front of the two crypt family mausoleum.

13 Secrets of Tombstone Engravers

Written By Shaunacy Ferro, Published on Mental Floss on October 31, 2018
This article published by Mental Floss explores the cemetery memorial and monument design industry. The publication is a media company owned by Minute Media and based in New York City. The Mental Floss web site was voted one of the "100 Best Websites for Women" by Forbes in 2013. The article features quotes from Vince Dioguardi, the president of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-area Rome Monument, a company founded by his great-grandfather in 1932. Pictures of two private family mausoleums designed and built by Rome Monument are showcased in the article. The Dioguardi mausoleum located in Beaver Cemetery is pictured on a sunny day. A Greek neoclassical style family mausoleum constructed by Rome Monument for the Pappan family is also featured in the article. You can even watch Rome Monument building this private mausoleum for the Pappan family on YouTube. You can browse through more pictures of different styles of private family mausoleums built by Rome Monument on the their website. Also quoted in the article is Greg Lundgren of Seattle-based Lundgren Monuments, which focuses on cast-glass memorials.

Excerpts From The Article Are Listed Below

Listed below are the 13 secrets of memorial engravers discussed in the article. 

1. THERE IS NO "NORMAL."
2. THE PROCESS CAN TAKE YEARS ...
3. ... SO THEY OFTEN FEEL VERY CLOSE TO THEIR CLIENTS.
4. CLIENTS OFTEN TRY TO CRAM TOO MANY MOTIFS ON ONE GRAVESTONE.
5. FAMILY DISAGREEMENTS ARE A CHALLENGE.
6. A NUMBER OF THEIR CLIENTS ARE STILL LIVING.
7. THEY DON’T ONLY MEMORIALIZE HUMANS.
8. THEY’RE NOT ALWAYS CHISELING BY HAND.
9. YOU CAN BUY A MEMORIAL FROM WHOMEVER YOU WANT.
10. SOME DESIGNS CAN BE VERY ELABORATE ...
11. ... BUT THEY HAVE TO CONFORM TO A CEMETERY’S RULES.
12. CARS ARE A SURPRISINGLY POPULAR MOTIF.
13. WORKING WITH DEATH ISN’T ALWAYS SAD.
 
Dioguardi estimates that crafting a memorial takes around eight to 10 weeks at his company. You don’t have to leave your gravestone’s design up to the people who outlive you: You can choose something for yourself before you go. “It’s extremely common here,” Dioguardi says. It’s called “pre-need.” That way, there’s no guessing or arguing among your family members about what you might want—it’s already determined.  
 
How your memorial is made depends a lot on who you commissioned it from. Lundgren doesn’t consider himself a stoneworker. He labels himself a designer, and says much of what he does is really graphic design. “Basically what you’re doing is creating line art,” he says. “Most engraving is not done [the] old-fashioned [way], like hand chiseled and chipped away. I’d say probably 99.9 percent is formatted on a computer, cut as a stencil, and then sandblasted and carved into the surface.”  Dioguardi disagrees with that assessment. “A lot of consumers think this is all machinery-based,” he says, but not all firms rely entirely on stencils and computers. Rome Monument uses an automated sandblaster for lettering, but also uses chisels and other tools to create designs by hand. If a family comes in and asks for a gravestone with a rose on it, one of their sculptors will actually carve that rose into the stone freehand. 
 
“Whatever that consumer can think of that they want to do, we can design it,” Dioguardi explains. That goes for the industry as a whole, not just his firm. “There’s a monument in Vermont that it’s a full scale Mercedes-Benz [made] out of a single block of granite,” he describes. The only thing that truly limits what kind of memorial you can design for your loved one is your budget— and your imagination.  
 
Cemeteries do have some say over the type of memorial you install at your love one’s final resting place. “A cemetery is like a condominium association,” Dioguardi explains. While you may own the gravesite itself, there are still certain rules you have to abide by. Specific motifs typically aren't off-limits, but designs are often restricted by size, material, and sometimes even by color. These restrictions can even vary within cemeteries. In one cemetery Rome Monument has worked with, for instance, some areas are restricted to bronze monuments, while monuments in another section have to be granite. Recently, a customer called to inquire about buying a memorial for a family member, but didn’t know where in that cemetery they were buried. “We had to make a couple phone calls to the cemetery to find out where this family’s loved one was laid to rest so that we know what type of monument that we [could] design,” Dioguardi says.
 
The guy in Vermont who was memorized with a giant Mercedes-Benz sculpture isn’t a total outlier—a fair number of people ask to somehow incorporate cars or trucks. While many of Dioguardi’s clients request memorials that incorporate themes like faithfamilyhobbies, and career, Lundgren says he’s created multiple memorials that somehow involve vehicles.  “As depressing as it might sound to be a monument designer, it’s really amazing,” Lundgren says. While most aspects of dealing with the logistics of a loved one’s death are stressful and depressing, figuring out a way to memorialize them permanently is actually a positive process. “To be able to be that one person that can talk about beauty and art and legacy is really powerful,” he explains.
 

New Standalone Mausoleums Barred Statewide
Written by Andrea VanValkenburg for the Press-Republican, Published on October 3, 2018
PLATTSBURGH — In response to what lawmakers called "appalling" conditions at abandoned local mausoleums, a new law now bans construction of such standalone facilities across the state.  Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury) and Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) pushed for the legislation after witnessing the emotional and financial toll that resulted when the Whispering Maples Memorial Gardens mausoleums were allowed to deteriorate and go bust in the towns of Plattsburgh and Ellenburg.  “The condition of these mausoleums was appalling,” Little said in a press release. She took an active role in touring the neglected facilities, seeking funding for their rehabilitation and spearheading the campaign for change in Albany.  “It was a disgrace for those interred and heartbreaking for the families of loved ones," she said. "A tremendous amount of progress has been made to rehabilitate both facilities, costing taxpayers more than $2 million.  "It had to be done and was obviously the right thing to do given the circumstance. But we need to make sure this never happens again.”

STUNNED BY BURDEN
 
Under state law, operating and maintenance costs for the two facilities were passed to local municipalities in 2015 after the two mausoleums, along with a crematory in Ellenburg, were declared abandoned by the state due to disrepair and inadequate revenues and funds to cover future obligations.  The state ordered the towns of Plattsburgh and Ellenburg to assume responsibility for the facilities within their borders.  Leaders in both towns were stunned by the unexpected burden, as they were handed the financial challenge of extensive repairs.  The mausoleum on Tom Miller Road in Plattsburgh, with a total 1,488 spaces, and the one in Ellenburg, with 1,259 spaces, both needed new roofs and considerable work inside.  The state justified declaring the facilities abandoned because:
  • The Whispering Maples Board of Directors failed to set aside adequate funds to cover the costs of pre-need (before death) sales of crypt markers and pre-need sales of rights of interment, with liabilities listed at $140,800 and $190,000, respectively, for a total of $330,800.
  • Financial assets as of June 1, 2015, totaling $296,974, were not adequate to cover pre-need liabilities, and the Permanent Maintenance Fund was also underfunded.
  • As well, the state said at the time, Whispering Maples had failed to repay loans it was allowed to make from the fund and hadn't made regular bank deposits, with a resulting liability of more than $200,000.
ABANDONED DUTIES
 
In late 2015, Town of Queensbury Cemetery Superintendent Connie Goedert became the court-appointed receiver in charge of the Whispering Maples facilities. The towns successfully sought to delay responsibility until the mausoleums were brought up to code, as the situation had developed while the state was in charge of oversight.  With strong encouragement from Sen. Little, the state provided $2 million for repairs and renovations and $300,000 for perpetual-care costs.  “The owners of Whispering Maples Memorial Gardens failed families and members of our community when they made the conscious decision to abandon their duties," Jones said in the release.  "The legislation signed into law (this week) is crucial to ensuring that this does not cost taxpayers money in the future and that the memory of our loved ones will be respected and upheld.”  Little and Jones said the new law will protect taxpayers and municipalities, as well as better ensure that those who have died will not have to endure a similar indignity, nor their loved ones the distress felt by families over the Whispering Maples situation.  “The resting places of our loved ones should always remain well maintained and cared for,” Jones said.
 
'MORAL THING TO DO'
 
While mausoleums have proven successful as cemeteries as part of larger financial plans and as an additional burial option, standalone mausoleums have proven unsuccessful when constructed as a sole cemetery entity, lawmakers said.  Plattsburgh Town Supervisor Michael Cashman applauded the collaborative local and state efforts to "right the wrongs of the past."  At the mausoleum on Tom Miller Road, "the majority of the work has been completed," he said Tuesday.  Both Cashman and Ellenburg Town Supervisor Jason Dezan advocated for change in Albany, sharing their experiences of how abandoned mausoleums can potentially devastate municipalities and loved ones alike.  And, he said, "the general response was we have to stop this from happening again.  "Those structures represent loved ones — grandparents, parents, children and veterans — of our community," he said, adding that fixing the mausoleums' deterioration "was the moral and ethical thing to do."  Cashman applauded Little and Jones's efforts in banning future standalone sites "to protect future communities from this happening to them."  Dezan didn't immediately return a call requesting comment. The law went into effect upon the signature of Gov. Andrew Cuomo. 
 

 

Editor Suzanne Moore contributed to this report.

Famous Mausoleums
Posted on October 3, 2018
Wikipedia says that a mausoleum is an external free-standing building constructed as a monument enclosing the interment space or burial chamber of a deceased person or people. A monument without the interment is a cenotaph. A mausoleum may be considered a type of tomb, or the tomb may be considered to be within the mausoleum. Some of the most famous mausoleums in the world include the Mausoleum of Augustus, Grant's Tomb, Lincoln's Tomb, Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral, Tomb of Cyrus, Hamilton Mausoleum, Palmer Chapel Mausoleum and the Lenin Mausoleum. If you want to see inside large mausoleums built for famous Americans, watch this video. Other famous mausoleums located around the globe include the Anıtkabir, Humayun's Tomb, National Pantheon of Venezuela, Qianling Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Castel Sant'Angelo, Tomb of Jahangir and Mausoleum of Genghis Khan.  They are some of the most elegant pieces of architecture on the planet.  The term “mausoleum” comes from the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, the grave of the King Mausolus, who was a prominent Persian ruler during the 4th century BC. Other notable and famous mausoleums include the  Mausoleum of Mohammed V, Mausoleum of Hadrian, Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, Artigas Mausoleum, Imam Husayn Shrine, Royal Mausoleum of Mauretania, Mausoleum of Diocletian, Holy Cross Mausoleum, Bourguiba Mausoleum, Mausoleum of the Shirvanshahs, Shah-i-Zinda, Great Pyramid of Giza, Terracotta Army and the Taj Mahal. Rome Monument of Pittsburgh is one of the leading mausoleum designers in North America. The company produced a video that showcases large fancy mausoleums styles designed and built as monuments for the entombment of famous Americans.  You can view pictures of the free-standing stone buildings and look inside these famous family mausoleums. You can even find out how these famous tombs and interment spaces were designed and constructed, how much it cost to build these historic mausoleums, and what it costs to build a beautiful private family mausoleum in 2018.  Rome Monument, headquartered in Pittsburgh, is a mausoleum designer, construction company, contractor and builder with over 80 years of experience as a design/builder of private family mausoleums. The company builds single2 person, and family/estate mausoleums for 3 or more interments for both traditional and cremation burials. Mausoleums are free-standing cemetery buildings that contain the grave, tomb or burial chamber of the deceased. A large mausoleum can also incorporate other elements, such as a chapel or a niche for cremated remains.  Our mausoleums can be adorned with beautiful custom designs, etchings, engravings, bas reliefs, statues, 3D carvings, and symbols and imagery that convey the specific nationality or religion of the deceased.

See Inside Large Mausoleums Built for Famous Americans
Published on October 1st, 2018
This video, produced by Rome Monument, showcases large fancy mausoleums designed and built as monuments for the entombment of famous Americans.  View pictures of the free-standing stone buildings and look inside these famous family mausoleums. Find out how these famous tombs and interment spaces were designed and constructed, how much it cost to build these historic mausoleums, and what it costs to build a beautiful private family mausoleum in 2018. The video features the Lincoln TombGrant's TombWilliam McKinley Tomb, the Royal Mausoleum of HawaiiWill Rogers Shrine of the Sun and the Lillian Russell Moore Mausoleum.  Rome Monument, headquartered in Pittsburgh, is a mausoleum designer, construction company, contractor and builder with over 80 years of experience as a design/builder of private family mausoleumsClick here if you want to see what a mausoleum interior looks like. 

VA to Let Vets Pre-Select Cemetery Burials Before Death
Published By Military.com
Written By Amy Bushatz

Excerpt: A rule change at the Veterans Affairs Department will allow veterans to apply for burial in national cemeteries before their death, rather than requiring family members to apply on their behalf after it.  Veteran burial benefits previously were approved at the "time of need." For families, that meant waiting until after the veteran died to apply for the benefits via fax or email by sending in a copy of the veteran's DD-214 or separation documents and then following up by phone.  The rule change instead allows veterans to be approved for burial in a VA national cemetery "pre-need," or before death, through a form submitted by fax, email or mail. The form can be filled out by the veteran or by someone else on his or her behalf.  More than four million people are buried in VA cemeteries. More >

Social Platform Is Announcing Deaths Through Funeral Home Partnerships
Posted on September 28, 2018
Death announcements created with Everdays app, which launched on September 20, 2018,  assist family members manage and communicate the news of a loved one's passing. It also helps other users stay update about deaths within their social circle. Everdays is promoting a dashboard that funeral homes use to create and send obituary infor to their customers via a text message or email. About 1,000 funeral homes use the web based system. The new mobile app takes the process a step further.  Everday is used to send funeral messages, funeral invitations and to preplan for a funeral. The clever app guides people through the process of sending funeral messages or funeral invitations.

How To Personalize A Cemetery Monument or Headstone
Written By Rome Monument
Posted Here On September 24, 2018

Personalize a monument, gravestone, grave marker or cemetery memorial with your loved one’s favorite Bible verse, stanza of poetry, song lyric, catch-phrase or life’s motto. If you and your family are having a difficult time deciding what epitaph or wording to have inscribed on your loved one's memorial, please read the examples below for ideas. Listed here are commonly used epitpahs which you can see on the actual memorials and monuments if you peruse our "Design Gallery."  Military headstone inscriptions frequently include abbreviations that denote the branch of service, war service and awards. The ranks included the Air Force, Army, Army Air Corps, Army Air Forces, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Merchant Marines and Navy. Click here for a list of the most commonly inscribed abbreviations placed on Government-furnished headstones and markers.  If you are at a loss for words and would prefer to have some assistance, feel free to call the main Rome Monument office in Rochester, PA at 724-770-0100 and ask for Vince Dioguardi or Chris Morgan. Either of these compassionate gentleman will be happy to help you with this emotional process.

View Pictures Of Headstone Endearment Phrases, Verses, Sayings and Epitaphs For Cemetery Monuments 

Overlooked Orleans: Choosing A Headstone Was Serious Business

Written by Matt Ballard
Published by The Daily News (Batavia, NY) on August 27, 2018
Posted Here on September 5, 2018

ALBION — the final tour of Mt. Albion Cemetery this summer was Aug. 26, travelling a path across the western end of the cemetery. Over the last several weekends, I found myself intrigued by the visual representations of social and cultural changes throughout the cemetery.
 
The earliest sections of the cemetery are characterized by a lack of uniformity, whether one looks at the varying size of lots, the random distribution of lot numbers, or the diverse styles of monuments. As one travels into the “newer” sections of the cemetery, lots are set out in uniform size, orientation, and cemetery monuments appear more similar to one another.
 
While preparing for these tours, I stumbled across excerpts from a Sears, Roebuck & Company catalog for marble cemetery monuments. An individual could purchase a headstone of modest size at a cost of $7 to $8, plus additional rates for lettering and shipping. A later catalog distributed in 1906 provided prospective customers with samples of granite monuments, a relatively new business venture for the company.
 
One particular example from the catalog is reminiscent of some larger stones found within Mt. Albion. The “Art Renaissance” model is similar in style to that of the Alfred Skinner monument, although the ornamentation is far simpler with the catalog model. Customers could choose from several different sizes, running anywhere from $100 (or $2,768 with inflation) for a 4 foot 10 inch tall monument weighing 1,800 pounds to $312.30 (or $8,638.00 with inflation) for a 9 foot 2 inch tall monument weighing 11,680 pounds.
 
Production for a monument of this size required 12 weeks from quarry to cemetery, which included cutting the stone, lettering the face, and shipping by railroad. Typical lettering costs for granite ran anywhere from 12 to 72 cents per letter and customers could select typeface ranging in size from one inch to six inches in height. For raised lettering, prices ran anywhere from 45 cents to $2.78 per letter ranging in size from one inch to 8 inches. Old English, German, Gothic, and ornamental lettering would cost customers nearly double the price of traditional fonts, so an individual could easily spend more than the cost of the stone itself when adding text depending upon the length of names, dates, and epitaphs.
 
Although standardized mail-order monuments were an option, many people preferred individualized monuments that displayed the artistic talents of local monument dealers.
 
A particular memorial, standing upon lot 879 and paid for by Elizur Kirke Hart, is perhaps one of the most stunning and ostentatious monuments in the entire cemetery. Designed by Charles Diem of Albion in 1879, the large granite monument cost Hart roughly $7,900. Although the total amount spent on the memorial would run upwards of $236,000 today taking inflation into account, the artisanship and labor required to replicate such a beautiful piece of art would likely require double that amount at minimum. The monument stands upon an 8-square-foot base of granite with an eight-foot tall statue of “Hope” resting on top.
 
The statue stands as a symbol of the virtue of hope — the desire and expectation of receiving something. In relation to cemetery symbolism, this often reflects hope for eternal happiness and divine union. Hope is one of seven Heavenly Virtues including Faith, Hope, Charity, Fortitude, Justice, Temperance, and Prudence; Faith, Hope, and Charity (or Love) are considered the three Theological Virtues.
 
Held in her left hand is an anchor, a traditional Christian representation of hope as it often represented safety. In the Catholic tradition, the anchor is symbolic of the execution of St. Clement of Rome by Emperor Trajan, who was tied to an anchor and thrown into the sea.
 
In this depiction, Hope is dressed in a stola, the female counterpart to the Roman toga, with her right hand over her breast as a representation of faith. In other depictions, her index finger points to the sky as a representation of the path to heaven.
 
A similar, smaller statue stands upon the gravesite of David Jones and James Whitney near the Soldiers & Sailors Monument. On that particular example, the large anchor rests at Hope’s feet with a chain attached.
 
Charles Diem was also responsible for a number of other strikingly beautiful monuments throughout the cemetery including the marble tablets found within the Soldiers & Sailors Monument, the large bald eagle draping a mourning cloth over the monument of Col. Robert H. Graham (just west of the tower), and the stunning marble baldacchino that stands on the Sanford E. Church lot. Of course, Sears, Roebuck & Company could not replicate the beauty and complexity of these monuments.
 

I Remember You. Do You Remember Me? What Headstones Say and Mean: About Designs, Symbols & Epitaphs
Produced by Rome Monument
Posted Here on 09/05/18

This video takes you on a virtual flythrough tour of an historic cemetery with its wide and wonderful diversity of cemetery monuments, headstones, gravestones, and statues. You’ll discover that a headstone can say so much more about the deceased than just the name, birth date and death date. 
 
What should a headstone say? It should say how much one loved in life and how much one was, and still is, loved by family. It can convey one's accomplishments, the hobbies and pastimes they participated in, the sacrifices they made for their country, the faith they shared, and so much more. A monument says whatever you want it to say, and it speaks through its personalized design elements. 
 
What goes into a cemetery monument design? You can personalize any cemetery monument with artworketchingsengravingssymbolsemblems, and photographs that convey one’s passions, faith, or accomplishments – even the shape of a monument can be an expression of love and remembrance. Beautiful words make a headstone appear more beautiful and give it more meaning. Add personal inscriptions, epitaphs, bible verses, quotes, and headstone sayings that express one’s love, hope, and prayers for a spouse (“An Angel Shining in Heaven”), wife (“Gardening in Heaven”), husband (“Those who knew him could not help but love him”), father (“The Influence of a Father Upon His Children Lives Through Generations Forever”), mother (“Your Smile, Love And Heart Will Be Missed Forever”), parents (“Together Forever”), or other family member (“Sweet Dreams Little Angel”). A qualified cemetery monument maker can help you decide on a design for your monument and craft a work of art that exceeds your expectations and touches the hearts of all who view it.       
 
How would you like to be remembered? How would you like to remember a loved one? Watch this video to see how Rome Monument can help you make your cemetery monument a beautiful expression of what you want to remember and what you want to be remembered for…forever. 
 

 
Written by by Matt Gephardt and Cindy St. Clair and Published By KUTV On February 2nd 2018
Posted Here On August 6, 2018
(KUTV) After a long history of consumer complaints, the Ogden based monument company, Etched in Stone, is closed.  It is a company on which Get Gephardt has reported several times before. One such report came in 2014, after Debbi Kartchner and Sheila Garcia each demonstrated how the headstones they had purchased were not delivered by the contractually promised delivery date.  Etched in Stone is also no stranger to state regulators. Utah's division of consumer protection fined the company $6,000 last December for violating the Consumer Sales Practices Act.  “This is the third action the division has taken,” DCP Director Daniel O’Bannon says. "We've seen a pattern and that's why we took action.”  Etched in stone has been on the division’s ‘buyer beware’ list since 2007 for having not paid previous citations.  Now, at Ogden City Hall, city officials have revoked Etched in Stone’s business license, effectively forcing the company to shut its doors.  Etched in Stone appealed the suspension to the Ogden City mayor's office but to no avail. In a letter to the company obtained by Get Gephardt, Mayor Mike Caldwell wrote, "I agree with the basis for such suspension and therefore, decline to modify or reverse the administrative order."  Mayor Caldwell also specifically referenced the action taken by the Division of Consumer Protection in his letter.  In 2015, Etched in Stone Owner Wallace Burnside granted Get Gephardt an interview when we showed up at his office. Burnside did not return a call or text message for this story and, Friday afternoon, no one answered the door at the office.  Through the window, the office appears to be cleaned out and the back and side areas that once housed dozens of slabs and stones were vacant.  According to the order suspending Etched in Stone’s business license, Burnside can reapply for a business license after April 30, 2018.  Update: in the hours after this story was broadcast on 2News, Burnside responded, stating that he is insolvent and is closing his business.  He blames state and city regulators as well as the news media for his businesses failings.  Via text message he wrote, in part, “I will miss my customers who's custom art I have loved creating. However I will not miss the self-important bureaucrats or news media who made it their un-appointed agenda to harm my business through relentless propaganda and by inventing multimedia reports against my character! The result being that it only caused further delays by drying up my finances; putting me even further behind. Free enterprise deserves the incentive & privacy to achieve, without the hobbling bias, accusations, and hindrances caused by these narcissistic people. The self-aggrandized media and local governance has, yet again, overstepped where they were not invited, by spreading rumor and fear among the public. Thus, etched in stone design has been injured!”
 
Written By Tammy Ayer and Published by the The Yakima Herald-Republic on June 3, 2018
Posted Here On August 6, 2018
GRANDVIEW, Wash. -- His name is Tim Morris, but they call him Cemetery Tim. He’s the “Whoop! Whoop!” guy.  You don’t know the “Whoop! Whoop!” guy? Let us introduce you.  Morris sells headstones from his office in Grandview. He ships headstones all over the country and gives away free headstones during Facebook Live videos. He created the Facebook page for his business on May 29, 2017. That’s when they started calling him Cemetery Tim.  “I would name a winner for headstone giveaway and I would clap and say, ‘Whoop! Whoop!’” Morris said recently as he stood at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens outside the city. “Someone called me and said, ‘You don’t realize you’re saying whoop whoop all the time.’” So he was and so he does, more than ever. He has nearly 500,000 likes on Facebook, and those followers embrace it, praising his headstone designs and thanking him for helping people during difficult times. God bless you, they say amid dozens of comments on each of his posts, along with #CemeteryTim and #WhoopWhoop and variations of each. “I put myself in other people’s shoes. ... Make it about the families. You’ve got to help them,” Morris said. “I’ve lowered my pricing a lot because I want to help the families.” He’s a cheerleader for his business, just like any good businessman. But Morris is also a booster of the Lower Valley in general. He and Gloria Mendoza, founder of the GMC Training Institute and a member of the Grandview City Council, co-founded Lower Valley Business Connections in January to unite Lower Valley cities and promote being loyal and buying local.  The organization’s first town hall meeting takes place at 6 p.m. June 11 at 801 Grandridge Road, Grandview. It’s open to the public and will feature several leading Lower Valley business people in what they hope will be the first of many fruitful discussions.  “The idea is to start investing in our Lower Valley community, in partnering with one another, staying to buy local, do business local,” Mendoza said. “Tim’s very passionate about that. He is very passionate about the Lower Valley and just giving back to his community. ... He really lives what he preaches.”  Morris leads and participates in fundraisers for people in need, such as the eight children of Maria Gonzalez-Castillo, who died in June 2017. Her husband, Jaime Alejandre, is accused of killing her and remains in jail; his trial is set for August.  And Morris is passionate about recognizing veterans. He and Command Sgt. Maj. Ramon M. Dang Sr. of the Yakima Training Center are working together for a three-piece headstone at the grave of Staff Sgt. Jack Pendleton, the only Medal of Honor recipient buried in Yakima County. Dang raised $9,038 through a GoFundMe account and Morris designed the memorial, which he hopes to set this summer.  An ebullient guy in a business that could wear down the most positive of people, Morris loves his job and loves where he lives.  “There is no place like the Lower Valley,” he said.  Helping families - Morris has run his headstone design business for about three years, starting it from scratch after managing the Memorial Gardens for about three years. He enjoyed overseeing cemetery operations but decided he wanted to work for himself.  After working at a variety of jobs for most of his 44 years, Morris has found a keeper.  “I found something I’m truly passionate about — helping families,” he said. “That keeps me motivated. That keeps me on track.”  Born in Yakima, Morris grew up in Seattle, where he moved at age 2 with his mother when his parents divorced. His mom, Phyllis Kroum, was born in Sunnyside and grew up in Toppenish. His grandmother, Mary Layman, ran the popular Maria’s Restaurant in Parker for years.  “I never knew what I really wanted to be growing up,” said Morris, who’s single. He has a younger brother, Zach, 31, who is a corrections officer at the state penitentiary in Walla Walla and an Army veteran who served in Iraq. Their mother retired from the U.S. Postal Service and lives in Richland. His first “real” job was in food service, at Cafe Recess in Seattle, he noted in a Facebook post. “I was the busser, prep cook, dishwasher and everything else for $3.35 an hour!” Morris wrote.  During summer vacations, they would return to the Yakima Valley to reconnect with relatives.  After high school, Morris continued in the service industry or sales of some kind. He has sold insurance and worked in construction and real estate, among other jobs, before returning to the Valley for good in 2012.  While a businessman, he also sees himself as a community leader. “I just go from the heart. I dibble and dabble in all kinds of things,” Morris said. “I use my voice as much as I can for things I can stand behind.”  Dang likes his dedication to his work and his causes.  “He is a very responsive guy. That’s the reason why I trusted him with another project I had,” said Dang, who found Morris on Facebook. He designed a plaque for the training center gym to honor Army Capt. Aaron Blanchard, a Selah native who died in a 2013 rocket attack on his forward operating base in Afghanistan. Dang showed it to Morris, who had it cast in bronze with color. The plaque went up in April.  “The entire family was appreciative of it,” Dang said. “It’s like we were cut from the same cloth when we got hooked up together. As much as I want the stuff to get done the right way, he is the same way.”  A name and a story - Pausing at the grave of 1-year-old Isabella Orozco, Morris talked about the process of creating her headstone. Isabella died after being struck by a car in the Sunnyside Walmart parking lot in March 2017. “What we came up with is a diamond etch of Isabella’s photo. ... This is all done by hand, it’s not done by machine,” Morris said. “We have an artist that actually takes a diamond etching tool; he’ll set the photo next to where he’s going to do the etching and he’ll just start shading. ...”  “On top of that, we were able to take it one more step and add color. We added pink and blue to her hat ... a little brown for the fur on her jacket,” he added. “Just a beautiful little girl and a great, great family.”  Once headstones are designed, a large fabrication shop in Seattle crafts them.  “I’m really proud of this one,” Morris said softly at the gravesite of Angel Gabriel Mendoza.  Known as Gabby, Mendoza died in a car accident in November 2015. He was a junior and honor student at Granger High School.  “It’s all done by hand. This took a good 40 hours to make,” Morris said of the large flat granite rectangle etched with images of Mendoza at different ages against a background of wheat. A tall cross in matching black granite towers over the flat stone.  “It was the largest funeral I’ve ever seen. There were lots of family and friends that really loved this guy,” he said.  Headstones range in price from a few hundred dollars to several thousand. Even with layaway, it’s a big financial commitment.  Still, “I think everybody should have a headstone. Everybody should have something with their name and some kind of story,” Morris said.  The headstone giveaways help make that happen. He’s given away about 110 headstones since he created the Facebook page, he estimated. Families sometimes just need a break, Morris said.  In February, Morris traveled to Dallas, where he placed a donated headstone at the gravesite of Hector Escobar Jr. Vandals had destroyed Escobar’s grave in 2015. Relatives spoke with a local television station about their hopes of placing a new customized stone there, and word got all the way to Cemetery Tim.  “The poor guy’s grave was torched. I ... selected that family, flew down there and hand-delivered it,” Morris said.  Mendoza met Morris at a business social and initially thought to herself, “That’s got to be an interesting job,” she said. Soon she was impressed.  “As I started hearing his story and seeing the work he’s doing in the Lower Valley to get families to talk about death — that’s not an easy subject to talk about,” Mendoza said. “He does such a nice job about making it an approachable subject.”  She thinks his low-key approach as demonstrated on his Facebook page is a big reason for his success.  “He is always giving back. I think that’s the reason he is doing so well getting followers. People know that he cares,” she said. “He will get in a plane and go to New Mexico to personally deliver a headstone.  “If that’s not commitment, I don’t know what is. He’s wonderful.”
 
Wife's Bronze Grave Marker Matches Husband's Veterans (VA) Headstone
08/02/18
The flat bronze veterans style grave marker, pictured here, memorializes the wife of a Navy Veteran, Betty M. Fleeger (May 20, 1933 - June 22, 2014). It is an exact replica of the type furnished by the United States Department of Veterans (VA) affairs to her husband, Charles D. Fleeger (March 6, 1930 - January 3, 2001). The inscription on Betty's VA style headstone includes her name, birth date, death date and five words endearment, "Beloved Wife, Mother and Grandmother". A cross was also cast into Betty's bronze plaque. Her husband, and beloved companion, served in the United States Navy during the Korean War. Betty's grave marker was designed and manufactured by Rome Monument to match her husband VA headstone. Charles Fleeger's VA headstone design includes his name, birth date, death date, a cross and his military designation, "PI 2 US NAVY KOREA".  Betty was laid to rest, next to her husband at the St. Peter's Reformed Church Cemetery in Zelienople. The flat bronze grave marker is 24 inches long, 12 inches wide and has a 3/4 inch rise. The weight is about 18 pounds. Anchor bolts, nuts and washers are used to attach the bronze plaque to a 28" x 16" concrete base. Wives and family members of veterans order flat bronze grave markers from Rome Monument that match the free headstones for veterans. Rome Monument sells, designs, manufactures and installs copies of Government-furnished headstones and bronze niche markers that honor wives, spouses and companions of U.S. military veterans. Rome Monument also designs and manufactures custom U.S. military headstones and memorials for veteransClick here to download VA Form 40-1330, Claim For Standard Government Headstone or Marker.  As a side note, the VA also furnishes bronze medallions, upon request, to be affixed to an existing, privately purchased headstone or marker to signify the deceased status as a Veteran. This device is furnished in lieu of a traditional Government headstone or marker for Veterans who served on or after Apr. 6, 1917, and whose grave in a private cemetery is marked with a privately purchased headstone or marker.  For more information on ordering a bronze or granite grave marker that matches the design of veterans grave marker or U.S. Military headstone for a veteran, spouse or dependent, click here.
 
Watch Rome Monument Build A Private Family Mausoleum On YouTube
07/31/18
In this video, Rome Monument takes you through the steps on how a mausoleum is designed and built. It follows the construction of a Greek Neoclassical-style mausoleum for the Pappan family of Pennsylvania that was installed in Beaver Cemetery, Beaver Pennsylvania in 2015. Rome Monument is a mausoleum construction company, mausoleum contractor and mausoleum builder with over 80 years of experience as a design/builder of private family mausoleums for cemeteries and memorial parks.
 
 
 
Mausoleum Design Plans
07/19/18
Rome Monument builds poured-in-place concrete mausoleums, granite mausoleums and precast mausoleum buildings.  Rome Monument drafts mausoleum design plans using CAD software and present these drawings and renderings to clients for approval before beginning construction.  Click here to see a preliminary family mausoleum construction design plan made using a CAD program.  The mausoleum construction drawings produced by Rome Monument submitted to clients include precise dimensioned architectural plans, structural plans, electrical plans and mechanical specifications. Click here to view pictures of mausoleums designed and built by Rome Monument. Rome Monument designs and constructs one crypt mausoleumstwo crypt mausoleums and family mausoleums.  Rome Monument uses a CAD program to create blueprints, sketches, scaled renderings and drawings for every mausoleum we construct. The details in these files give clients the ability to refine and approve every aspect of the mausoleum construction project. The Rome Monument mausoleum designers, Vince Dioguardi and Chris Morgan provide expert consulting services to clients so that they understand the mausoleum blueprints and essential mausoleum design concepts. Advice is provided regarding the customer's cemetery and plot selection. The mausoleum design plans are also used to provide additional information related to the costs of mausoleum construction. Rome Monument also designs columbarium and estate memorials. For elaborate multiple crypt mausoleum construction projects, Rome Monument provides precise detailed and dimensioned structural, mechanical, electrical and architectural plans to the customer for analysis, discussion and approval. 
 
07/02/18
As for burial markers with incomplete death years, the Association for Gravestone Studies says they are fairly common. The Greenfield, Mass.-based group explores cemetery markers for historical and artistic perspectives.  Vince Dioguardi, co-owner of Rome Monument, based in Rochester, Pa., is a little more skeptical.  “Does it happen? Absolutely,” he said. “I don’t know that I’d agree that it’s all that common.”  The issue got extra attention 17 years ago, as pre-engraved headstones with death years beginning in 19 henceforth needed to start with 20. Mr. Dioguardi said he’s seen his share of terrible looking “patch and cut” jobs, even a few cases of duct tape and markers. One AGS member in Vermont said she found a marker with the death date, “1999 + 2.”  Typically, it costs about $150 to add the last two digits to an incomplete death year, Mr. Dioguardi said, including finishing the earlier work of another monument company.  Gravestones remain incomplete for a number of reasons. The surviving spouse named on a pre-engraved headstone gets re-married and is buried with the new partner. The person moves away, as Florence did. Family feuds, indifference and insufficient funds are also factors.
 
07/02/18
Penn Hills council has decided to move its monument honoring the municipality’s fallen police officers to the site of a new municipal building that will be located on Duff Road.  Council’s decision on Feb. 5 came after an emotional discussion of whether the monument would be moved to the new $12.3 million municipal building — on the site of the former Penn Hebron Elementary School — or would be situated at the site of the current municipal building on Frankstown Road after it is torn down.  Fallen police officers’ family members were among those to make their views known.  The new municipal building, which will house police and EMS and include a firefighter training area, is scheduled to be completed this summer.  Erected in 1973, the monument is dedicated to the memories of Penn Hills police Sgt. William Schrott and Officer Bartley Connolly, who were killed in the line of duty on March 25, 1972. After Officer Michael Crawshaw was killed while on duty on Dec. 6, 2009, the memorial was expanded in 2010 and includes an engraved granite marker in his honor.  Before council made its decision, Mayor Sara Kuhn outlined a plan that would keep the monument at its present location as part of a memorial town center with a pavilion and walking path.  “This monument is to remind us that some of those who protect and serve, are killed needlessly,” the mayor said. “The location was not an oversight. When it was determined that the frontage of the new building had to be reduced, we realized that the site is no longer acceptable for the monument’s relocation.”  Because of the sloping terrain, the location of the new building was changed. Therefore, there were fewer options for the monument’s location.  “There is no leaving the fallen officers behind. The plan is to make a memorial park to remind everyone of their sacrifice,” Mrs. Kuhn said.  The mayor’s proposal elicited no support among council meeting attendees, which was full of the fallen officers’ family members, co-workers and friends.  Representatives of the families of Sgt. Schrott and Officers Connolly and Crawshaw said they believe the monument must be relocated to the site of the new police headquarters.  “I cannot understand why no one reached out to the families, that they didn’t consider our wishes. This has opened a deep wound,” said Joanne Alexander, the daughter of Sgt. Schrott. “You may think it has been many years, but the pain does not lessen. The only acceptable solution is to move the monument. We feel that by leaving the monument at the present building, it will be forgotten.  “We want it to be where present-day officers will not forget their fallen brothers. We feel there is a suitable location at the new building.”  As Ms. Alexander showed Mrs. Kuhn a map of the new site, Penn Hills police Officer John Debasi gave council another perspective.  “Some officers tonight were presented with certificates, but these men [Schrott, Connolly and Crawshaw] and their families made the ultimate sacrifice.”  John Diogardi, representing Rome Monument, offered to do the relocation for free. “You’ve got a beautiful story. You’ve got our support,” he told council.
 
The Fight for the Right to Be Cremated by Water
07/02/18
"Aquamation," a greener form of body disposal, is gaining acceptance in America. But some powerful groups are fighting to stop it.  The process also uses about 300 gallons of water per body, or three times as much as the average person uses in a day. And while replacing cremation with aquamation would have some climate benefits, they wouldn’t be as huge as, say, getting rid of coal-fired power plants—which is perhaps why there are no large environmental advocacy campaigns to change the death care industry.  Processes like aquamation require an acceptance of becoming part of it.  If more people respect the planet in death, it bodes well for how they’ll treat it while they’re still alive.
 
07/02/18
Rome Monuments is a cemetery headstone and gravestone retail company based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
 
07/02/18
It’s a fact, nobody is getting out of this life alive.  What’s controlable is where and how remains will be laid to rest.  Burial space has closed at three of the the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs-run National Cemeteries in North Carolina though Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville has space available.  In Eastern North Carolina, the landscape is dotted with grave sites from a small burial plot on the edge of a farm to large scale, commercial enterprises where thousands of people are buried or housed in mausoleums.  Large scale commercial operations such as Onslow Memorial Park outside Jacksonville on U.S. 258 and Seaside Memorial Park in Swansboro have combined more than 11,000 grave sites filled with room for expansion. Opened in 1952, Onslow Memorial Park is an oasis off a busy highway with gravesites covered with flowers and a second mausoleum in the works.  Some in the industry feel the rising cost to embalm and bury a person in a casket is moving people to cheaper alternatives.
 
 
February 23, 2018
When a large headstone got knocked over, Grove Cemetery in New Brighton, PA didn’t have the people, equipment or money to fix it and needed some help.  The memorial for a man named Yee — a highly regarded doctor buried in Beaver County’s Grove Cemetery in 1979 — was found knocked over.  Rome Monument fixed Dr. Yee’s monument in Grove Cemetery for free.
 
 
02/04/18
Read an overview of the death care industry in the United States along with news, companies, trends, statistics, industry forecasts, research, memorial products and funeral services.
 

News Report Aired by WPXI on September 11, 2015, Amy Marcinkiewicz of WPXI Did the Story

Dedicated: Sewickley Memorial Recognizes Western PA's Tuskegee Airmen
September 16, 2013

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In 2013, Rome Monument was proud to coordinate the design, placement and engraving of the Tuskegee Airmen Monument located in the Sewickley Cemetery. Dedicated in September, the Tuskeegee Airmen Memorial, it is the largest outdoor memorial in the country honoring the first African-American military pilots and support staff who were members of the 332nd Fighter Group, nicknamed the “Red Tails.” Almost 100 members of the World War II unit were from western Pennsylvania and their names are carved on two of the four granite monuments that make up the memorial. The other two monuments contain the history of the elite military group and one, a 10-foot-high piece, features an airplane tail sculpted from red granite, representing the origin of the unit’s nickname.

'Miracle' product undoes grave marker damage in Riverview Cemetery
Sept. 25, 2015

Rome Monument tries extremely hard to give back to the local communities in Western PA.  In 2015, Rome Monument volunteered its services to help clean the 200 headstones defaced with red paint in Riverview Cemetery in Kiski Township. A local newspaper published a story titled 'Miracle' product undoes grave marker damage in Riverview Cemetery explained the project. "Before we came in, we weren't sure it was going to work,” said John Dioguardi, retired owner of Rome Monuments. “Everything we have ever used never worked this well.” He said one benefit is that the product is not affecting the darkening agent used on the lettering. It's not leaving a ghost mark where the red paint was. “So what's happening is it's returning to what it looked like before,” Dioguardi said. “It's a miracle.”

In 2013, Rome Monument worked with Grove Cemetery volunteers to get final recognition for forgotten veterans by making and installing grave markers at the Grove Cemetery for James Howard Bruien and Nathaniel Coburn.

John Dioguardi and Rome Monument Help Restore Historic Cemeteries
Published in Allegheny West Magainze in December 2011

In 2012, Urbach Memorials, a division of Rome Monument, donated a 6-foot-tall, 3-ton granite monument to the New Light Cemetery, in Shaler Township, PA.

In 2010, Rome Monument's Urbach Memorials restored 30 destroyed gravestones discovered in the Beth Hamedrash Hagodol-Beth Jacob Cemetery in McKees Rocks, PA

In 2002, Rome Monument's Urbach Memorials Branch Repaired Toppled Gravestones in the Beth Hamedrash Hagodol-Beth Jacob Cemetery in McKees Rocks, PA

Groundbreaking for Tuskegee Airmen Memorial at Swickley Cemetery
Published in IN Sewickley Area by IN Community Magazines, Winter 2011 Edition

Rome Monument Co-Sponsors Black Angels Over Tuskegee
01/25/2011

I Remember You. Do You Remember Me? What Headstones Say and Mean: About Designs, Symbols & Epitaphs
Produced by Rome Monument
Posted Here on 09/05/18

This video takes you on a virtual flythrough tour of an historic cemetery with its wide and wonderful diversity of cemetery monuments, headstones, gravestones, and statues. You’ll discover that a headstone can say so much more about the deceased than just the name, birth date and death date. 
 
What should a headstone say? It should say how much one loved in life and how much one was, and still is, loved by family. It can convey one's accomplishments, the hobbies and pastimes they participated in, the sacrifices they made for their country, the faith they shared, and so much more. A monument says whatever you want it to say, and it speaks through its personalized design elements. 
 
What goes into a cemetery monument design? You can personalize any cemetery monument with artworketchingsengravingssymbolsemblems, and photographs that convey one’s passions, faith, or accomplishments – even the shape of a monument can be an expression of love and remembrance. Beautiful words make a headstone appear more beautiful and give it more meaning. Add personal inscriptions, epitaphs, bible verses, quotes, and headstone sayings that express one’s love, hope, and prayers for a spouse (“An Angel Shining in Heaven”), wife (“Gardening in Heaven”), husband (“Those who knew him could not help but love him”), father (“The Influence of a Father Upon His Children Lives Through Generations Forever”), mother (“Your Smile, Love And Heart Will Be Missed Forever”), parents (“Together Forever”), or other family member (“Sweet Dreams Little Angel”). A qualified cemetery monument maker can help you decide on a design for your monument and craft a work of art that exceeds your expectations and touches the hearts of all who view it.       
 
How would you like to be remembered? How would you like to remember a loved one? Watch this video to see how Rome Monument can help you make your cemetery monument a beautiful expression of what you want to remember and what you want to be remembered for…forever. 
 

 

Social Platform Is Announcing Deaths Through Funeral Home Partnerships
Posted on September 28, 2018
Death announcements created with Everdays app, which launched on September 20, 2018,  assist family members manage and communicate the news of a loved one's passing. It also helps other users stay update about deaths within their social circle. Everdays is promoting a dashboard that funeral homes use to create and send obituary infor to their customers via a text message or email. About 1,000 funeral homes use the web based system. The new mobile app takes the process a step further.  Everday is used to send funeral messages, funeral invitations and to preplan for a funeral. The clever app guides people through the process of sending funeral messages or funeral invitations.

See Inside Large Mausoleums Built for Famous Americans
Published on October 1st, 2018
This video, produced by Rome Monument, showcases large fancy mausoleums designed and built as monuments for the entombment of famous Americans.  View pictures of the free-standing stone buildings and look inside these famous family mausoleums. Find out how these famous tombs and interment spaces were designed and constructed, how much it cost to build these historic mausoleums, and what it costs to build a beautiful private family mausoleum in 2018. The video features the Lincoln TombGrant's TombWilliam McKinley Tomb, the Royal Mausoleum of HawaiiWill Rogers Shrine of the Sun and the Lillian Russell Moore Mausoleum.  Rome Monument, headquartered in Pittsburgh, is a mausoleum designer, construction company, contractor and builder with over 80 years of experience as a design/builder of private family mausoleumsClick here if you want to see what a mausoleum interior looks like. 

13 Secrets of Tombstone Engravers
Written By Shaunacy Ferro, Published on Mental Floss on October 31, 2018
This article published by Mental Floss explores the cemetery memorial and monument design industry. The publication is a media company owned by Minute Media and based in New York City. The Mental Floss web site was voted one of the "100 Best Websites for Women" by Forbes in 2013. The article features quotes from Vince Dioguardi, the president of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-area Rome Monument, a company founded by his great-grandfather in 1932. Pictures of two private family mausoleums designed and built by Rome Monument are showcased in the article. The Dioguardi mausoleum located in Beaver Cemetery is pictured on a sunny day. A Greek neoclassical style family mausoleum constructed by Rome Monument for the Pappan family is also featured in the article. You can even watch Rome Monument building this private mausoleum for the Pappan family on YouTube. You can browse through more pictures of different styles of private family mausoleums built by Rome Monument on the their website. Also quoted in the article is Greg Lundgren of Seattle-based Lundgren Monuments, which focuses on cast-glass memorials.

Excerpts From The Article Are Listed Below

Listed below are the 13 secrets of memorial engravers discussed in the article. 

1. THERE IS NO "NORMAL."
2. THE PROCESS CAN TAKE YEARS ...
3. ... SO THEY OFTEN FEEL VERY CLOSE TO THEIR CLIENTS.
4. CLIENTS OFTEN TRY TO CRAM TOO MANY MOTIFS ON ONE GRAVESTONE.
5. FAMILY DISAGREEMENTS ARE A CHALLENGE.
6. A NUMBER OF THEIR CLIENTS ARE STILL LIVING.
7. THEY DON’T ONLY MEMORIALIZE HUMANS.
8. THEY’RE NOT ALWAYS CHISELING BY HAND.
9. YOU CAN BUY A MEMORIAL FROM WHOMEVER YOU WANT.
10. SOME DESIGNS CAN BE VERY ELABORATE ...
11. ... BUT THEY HAVE TO CONFORM TO A CEMETERY’S RULES.
12. CARS ARE A SURPRISINGLY POPULAR MOTIF.
13. WORKING WITH DEATH ISN’T ALWAYS SAD.
 
Dioguardi estimates that crafting a memorial takes around eight to 10 weeks at his company. You don’t have to leave your gravestone’s design up to the people who outlive you: You can choose something for yourself before you go. “It’s extremely common here,” Dioguardi says. It’s called “pre-need.” That way, there’s no guessing or arguing among your family members about what you might want—it’s already determined.  
 
How your memorial is made depends a lot on who you commissioned it from. Lundgren doesn’t consider himself a stoneworker. He labels himself a designer, and says much of what he does is really graphic design. “Basically what you’re doing is creating line art,” he says. “Most engraving is not done [the] old-fashioned [way], like hand chiseled and chipped away. I’d say probably 99.9 percent is formatted on a computer, cut as a stencil, and then sandblasted and carved into the surface.”  Dioguardi disagrees with that assessment. “A lot of consumers think this is all machinery-based,” he says, but not all firms rely entirely on stencils and computers. Rome Monument uses an automated sandblaster for lettering, but also uses chisels and other tools to create designs by hand. If a family comes in and asks for a gravestone with a rose on it, one of their sculptors will actually carve that rose into the stone freehand. 
 
“Whatever that consumer can think of that they want to do, we can design it,” Dioguardi explains. That goes for the industry as a whole, not just his firm. “There’s a monument in Vermont that it’s a full scale Mercedes-Benz [made] out of a single block of granite,” he describes. The only thing that truly limits what kind of memorial you can design for your loved one is your budget— and your imagination.  
 
Cemeteries do have some say over the type of memorial you install at your love one’s final resting place. “A cemetery is like a condominium association,” Dioguardi explains. While you may own the gravesite itself, there are still certain rules you have to abide by. Specific motifs typically aren't off-limits, but designs are often restricted by size, material, and sometimes even by color. These restrictions can even vary within cemeteries. In one cemetery Rome Monument has worked with, for instance, some areas are restricted to bronze monuments, while monuments in another section have to be granite. Recently, a customer called to inquire about buying a memorial for a family member, but didn’t know where in that cemetery they were buried. “We had to make a couple phone calls to the cemetery to find out where this family’s loved one was laid to rest so that we know what type of monument that we [could] design,” Dioguardi says.
 
The guy in Vermont who was memorized with a giant Mercedes-Benz sculpture isn’t a total outlier—a fair number of people ask to somehow incorporate cars or trucks. While many of Dioguardi’s clients request memorials that incorporate themes like faithfamilyhobbies, and career, Lundgren says he’s created multiple memorials that somehow involve vehicles.  “As depressing as it might sound to be a monument designer, it’s really amazing,” Lundgren says. While most aspects of dealing with the logistics of a loved one’s death are stressful and depressing, figuring out a way to memorialize them permanently is actually a positive process. “To be able to be that one person that can talk about beauty and art and legacy is really powerful,” he explains.