Headstones & Monuments in Ontario
Oaktree Engraving & Monuments has proudly served Ontario and the surrounding area since 1976. We are the most compassionate and dedicated custom headstone service in Ontario. Our caring and professional customer service representatives will help you order a custom headstone, grave marker, or monument that honors the memory and life of your beloved family member.
Why are Headstones Important
Custom grave markers have been around for hundreds of years. The headstone design can describe memorable aspects of your loved one’s life. You need to choose a recognizable grave marker to find your loved one’s final resting place easily.
Finding your family member’s exact burial plot in the cemetery would be hard without a grave marker. A custom grave marker will allow you to identify the gravesite you want to visit. Traditionally, grave markers indicate the deceased’s name, birth date, and death date.
There are different types of memorial headstones, grave markers, and monuments provided by headstone companies for you to place on the grave.
Difference Between a Headstone, Grave Marker, and Monument
Our Ontario headstone service representative can help you decide between a headstone and a grave marker. While these two terms get used interchangeably, there is a difference. The most significant difference between a grave headstone and a grave marker is the positioning of the stone.
A grave marker is a rectangular marker placed flat on the ground at the top of the grave. A traditional graver marker service near you will cut the grave marker from stone and engrave it.
A headstone is a grave marker made of two separate pieces. A base piece lies flat on the ground, and a vertical component, or die, sits on top of the base. Your headstone provider can also offer headstones made from metal or other slabs of stone. Granite headstones are a typical choice because they are durable and come in various shapes and colors.
Vertical headstones come in many different designs and shapes. You can choose from rectangles, hearts, crosses, ovals, teardrops, and more. It is possible to have a double headstone for multiple members of the same family if the gravesite is a family plot for a plot for several members.
Headstones and grave markers sit on the ground at the top of the plot. Some headstone monuments serve as a mausoleum for cremated remains.
Not all monuments that we make sit at a person’s gravesite. You can choose to put a memorial for your loved one on your private property.
Some cities choose to place monuments in their public spaces. These monuments can honor people who were essential to the community or offer remembrance of historical events that have taken place.
What to Have Engraved on a Headstone
Our custom grave marker service in Ontario can engrave portraits, phrases, quotes, icons, pictures, dates, and more. You can depict landscapes and images of items your loved ones held close to their heart with custom engravings.
Here are some examples of our prior work:
- Family or couple portrait
- Handprints or footprints
- Angel wings and a halo added to a portrait
- A biblical symbol or heavenly scene
- Lake, mountain, or ocean landscapes
- Hearts, flowers, and plants
A standard headstone service will engrave the deceased’s name, birth date, and death date on a headstone. When you order a headstone through Oaktree Engraving & Monuments, we help you remember your loved one with additional engravings and etchings on the monument headstone.
Here are a few examples of words and phrases you might want engraved on the headstone:
- Military branch, rank, honors, or veteran status
- Career (doctor, librarian, lawyer, etc.)
- Important life roles (father, son, brother, etc.)
- A famous quote, music lyric, or favorite saying
- Bible verse, prayer, or religious passage
The Best Cemetery Headstone Additions
Headstone companies can provide headstone additions that go on or near your loved one’s grave. Additions make the area beautiful and can help you locate the plot.
Oaktree Engraving & Monuments can help you choose a porcelain plaque for your loved one’s headstone. We can add a unique porcelain photo plaque to grave markers.
The plaque uses a copy of your favorite picture of the deceased and places it on a ceramic tile with fade-resistant ink. The image you choose can be black and white or color. We suggest selecting a clear picture with a high resolution. When ready, the plaque attaches to the gravestone with an adhesive.
Another addition you may want to add is a vase or plant holder. These additions allow you to place fresh flowers, artificial flowers, or potted greenery at your loved one’s grave.
Custom Headstones in Ontario by Oaktree Engraving & Monuments
When you need an Ontario graver marker service, monument, or headstone company, choose Oaktree Engraving & Monuments. We have been family-owned and operated for over 45 years. Our craftsmanship is of the highest quality, and we offer custom headstones at affordable prices.
Oaktree Engraving & Monuments creates custom headstones in Ontario and the surrounding cities. We are honored to help you and your family make a one-of-a-kind grave marker, headstone, or monument to celebrate your loved one’s life.
In addition to grave marker services, we also work with city departments to provide Ontario monument services for public monuments and statues. Contact us today for custom gravestone service, headstone design, ordering, delivery, and installation. A compassionate team member will help you throughout the process, so you get a beautifully designed headstone or memorial.