Selecting a Monument

Telling a Unique Story

We believe each individual life is unique and immensely different from anyone else who has ever lived. We find that when we first begin to help in creating a lasting memorial that many believe creating a memorial is simply picking out a template. At Vining Funeral Home, we have a different approach. Your monument and legacy should be as unique as the life that was lived.  A last name carries with it meaning and stories get past down from generation to generation. Let us help you discover the uniqueness and tell the story of you or your loved one.

Type of Material

There are three primary materials used for memorials: granite, marble or bronze. Each can be customized to meet the individual design you request. The cemetery where the memorial will be placed may have regulations on what type of material that can be used. Vining Funeral Home is familiar with these requirements and can assist in this selection.


The wide variety of memorial concepts available allow us to design a fitting tribute for whatever your budget may be. We will work through this process with you, ensuring that you are aware of all the options available.
The main factors determining the cost of a memorial:

  • Material — Typically granite, marble or bronze.
  • Size — The cost of the memorial is directly related to its size. The larger the monument, the greater the amount of material, production, and transportation costs involved.
  • Color — If granite is selected as your memorial material, the color you choose will have an effect on the cost of the monument. The difference in cost for different colors of granite is based on its availability and where it is quarried.
  • Design — With modern technology, the design options for your memorial are virtually endless. A monument design can range from a simple, standard marker to a custom design, wholly unique to the individual. The level of design chosen will effect the overall price of the monument.

Monument Style

If granite is selected as your memorial material, there are several different styles of monuments available. Each style can be customized to meet your individual requirements. As with the type of material allowed, cemeteries typically have requirements of what type of monument styles are allowed. We are familiar with the individual requirements that a cemetery may have and can assist you in making sure that the monument style you select fits with these regulations.