Learn answers to frequently asked questions about the pre-planning,
design & installation process for memorials and monuments.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do we need to wait any length of time after a death before ordering a memorial?

The length of time needed after a death varies from family to family so there is no set time. Ordering a memorial for a loved one is a process and once placed, will remain there forever. Sometimes it is best to take your time and think about what you would like.

How much should I expect to pay for a memorial?

The cost varies depending on the size, color, and shape of the memorial. We work with our families offering interest free in house financing on a case-by-case basis. One of our company philosophies is, “You should never have to go into debt to be able to afford a memorial for a loved one”. We love working with families and bringing closure to loved ones who have passed on.

Why should I buy a memorial in advance?

We highly recommend Pre-need memorial stones. Designing and purchasing a memorial in advance makes the process easier and more enjoyable when you can personally create how people will remember you. After a death in the family, emotions can run high. A Pre-need memorial relieves loved ones of additional stress during the grieving process.

Do all cemeteries allow the same type of memorials?

Every cemetery has a different set regulations. Some cemeteries limit memorials to flat stones while others have height restrictions. We are happy to assist you in our office by looking up a cemetery’s regulations and, you can ask the cemetery what the regulations in your section are.

How long does it take to complete a memorial?

From the design phase through the placement in the cemetery of the finished memorial, families can expect a time frame of 3 months, with the exception to special stone designs and some colors which can take up to 6 months to get.

Who installs the memorials?

Boise Valley Monument Company employs a highly experienced crew of setters for all installations.

What type of material should the memorial be made of and how long do they last?

We highly recommend granite. There are dozens of colors to choose from and granite is one of the most durable stones. Granite memorials last decades.

What is the difference between granite and marble stones?

Marble is a much softer material than granite. Our recommendation is for memorials made from granite for its choice of colors, hardness & durability.

How are the letters and design put on a stone?

We have three different applications. The most popular and inexpensive is sandblasting. We also offer laser etching & diamond etching.

Do you accommodate special artwork and designs?

Yes! We believe every stone should be just as unique as the individual that it represents. We are proud of our ability to accommodate and create custom artwork. We have talented artists & graphic designers on staff to create beautiful custom designs.

What is the difference between a diamond etching and a laser etching?

With laser etching, a photo is scanned and etched into the stone. Diamond etching is done 100% free hand by one of our talented artist.

Why should I buy a memorial from BVM instead of from a funeral home?

We’ve been in business since 1963 and we can offer competitive prices since we don’t pay commissions. We also specialize in custom design work and have a vast array of design choices.

Do you stand behind your work?

From the quality of the stone, to the design work … every step of the way to installation, we stand behind our work 100%.