The Process Of Designing A Memorial

Basic Asked Questions

Who is the memorial for?
  • What names are to be on the memorial?
  • What are the dates to be on the memorial?
Where will the memorial be placed?
  • What Cemetery?
  • What is the placement location within the cemetery
What are the cemetery regulations?
  • Are there any restrictions to what can be done?
  • Are vases allowed?
  • Is the Concrete foundation already present at the cemetery?  If so, what is the size
  • Can the memorial be upright?
  • (We have most cemetery’s information on file)
What Material can be used?
  • Granite is the most durable and our primary material

Family Preferences for the Memorial

  • Are we matching or coordinating any family memorials?
Size, Style, and Budget
  • Shape of the memorial.
  • Overall size of the memorial.
  • Is it within your budget?  We want to help you get what you want within your budget.
Design Elements
  • Flowers, symbols, crosses, etc..
  • Are we recreating a previous design element?
  • Faith, occupation, or hobbies, etc.
  • Pictures – Ceramic or Etched (Please bring high quality photos for this aspect))
  • Vase(s) matching or coordinating color with the memorial
  • US Veteran
  • Additional Accessories (candles, solar lights, etc.)


Designing Stage

Schedule a meeting with a Caldwell Family Service Representative.
  • In-Person Appointment, Phone, Email, Text, Zoom, or Facetime. What works best for you.
  • Give our representative the information needed to design a personalized memorial.
  • We will develop your ideas into a memorial, give you a quote with rough draft for the overall memorial


Producing the Memorial & Placement

  • Sign the Purchase Agreement.
  • Arrange the Payment.
  • Finalize Design Approval.
  • Production of the memorial starts.
  • It is installed in the cemetery.
  • You are notified when the memorial is in place at the cemetery.


Some Additional Information:

Final Design Approval
  1. Detailed Computerized Design will be presented for Final Approval. Names and Dates must be checked at this time. This computerized Design MUST be signed to proceed.
  2. Signing the Computerized Design indicates the exact engraving will be done as shown.  This is FINAL APPROVAL.
The Material
  1. Inventory Items are the fastest to complete, and we have a large inventory to work from.
  2. Obtaining material not in inventory, this step can sometimes take the longest depending upon where the material is coming from.  We will inform you about this process if needed.
Cemetery Foundation
  1. Each Cemetery has its own rules and regulations.  Some cemeteries pour their own foundations.  We can order this for you in the memorial purchase process.
  2. Some cemeteries allow our crew to pour the foundation, which will be a lined item on the purchase agreement. 
  3. Please note, Pouring a foundation is HIGHLY dependent upon the weather.  There is usually a “cut-off” date before winter hits and a “start” date after spring begins, so we have to wait for this process to happen.  If you can plan ahead, it is best to work with the seasons for the foundation pouring.
  4. After the foundation is poured, we have to wait a number of days to allow the concrete to cure properly before we place a memorial upon it.
Placing the Memorial in the Cemetery
  1. If weather is permitting in Indiana, we can place the memorial in the cemetery during the winter months. 

If you have questions that were not addressed above, please refer to the FAQ section of this website or Contact us.


We Are Here to Help You Design Your Family’s Memorial.

Of all of our three of our locations, our Kokomo location has our largest inventory selection.  We carry numerous shapes, sizes, and colors to choose from.  Our inventory is just a sample representation of what is possible with granite.

Our Kokomo location is open Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.  Evening and weekend appointments are available upon request.  

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