Below are some of our most frequently asked questions. Feel free to contact us if your question is not listed.
Why should I choose to buy my memorial from Fram Monument?
Fram Monument Company has been manufacturing memorials since 1922. With over 80 years of experience, you can be sure your memorial will be constructed exactly according to your wishes. Since we are the largest local monument company, our volume discounts allow us to buy the best quality granite at reduced costs and pass these savings to you. Our reputation is superb for our quality, workmanship and it is noteworthy that we have never missed a scheduled unveiling.
How do I know the quality of the granite I choose?
Granite comes in hundreds of different colors and quality. Fram Monument only uses Grade “A” granite which means it is stress tested after it comes out of the quarry for any scratches and defects. We have a wide array of colors to choose from. (Colors of Granite) We have access to all colors of granite, so if you have a particular color in mind, please let us know and we will locate it for you.
Why are there no prices listed on your web site?
Each cemetery has a different fee structure for us to install your memorial making it too difficult to accurately price our memorials online. We take great pride in having a memorial priced for everyone’s budget and will work with you as best as we can to ensure that your memorial is within your means. Contact us for more details.
I am uncomfortable ordering a monument online. How can I see real samples of bronze and granite memorials in a showroom?
Fram Monument has local full memorial display showrooms which are centered throughout Maryland, DC, and Northern Virginia. You can visit us at our showroom or we can provide you with references upon request. See our About Us & Contact pages for more information on making an appointment with one of our specialists.
My local cemetery sells monuments. They served me well with the funeral, why should I consider purchasing a monument elsewhere?
While some cemeteries may provide monument services, they also have to worry about cutting grass, digging graves, planning funerals, etc. We specialize in monuments only. Not only can we provide you with excellent quality materials, but our prices are significantly discounted relative to the cemeteries. Many cemeteries are unfamiliar with Hebrew names, dates, unveiling services, and Jewish emblems. We however, are fluent in all of those, and can help to coordinate with your Rabbi to make sure your monument is done correctly. If pricing is an issue, we can gladly beat the cemetery price if provided.
Are there extra charges for engraving?
Unlike most other monument companies, Fram Monument does not charge extra for engraving. Our prices include all of your engraving, so additional epitaphs, inscriptions, etc. will not cost extra. On site engraving to an existing monument is an additional charge.
When are monuments purchased?
The Jewish custom is for monuments to be erected anytime between 30 days to 1 year after passing. As families have conflicting schedules, it is important to find a time between those 11 months that works for everyone, in order to schedule an unveiling. The typical completion time from the moment a monument is purchased is 8-12 weeks, so leave ample time when making arrangements.
Do I have to notify the cemetery about my scheduled unveiling?
We will notify your cemetery in writing with the date and time approximately 10 days before your unveiling.
Who veils the memorial before my unveiling?
We will veil your memorial the week before your scheduled unveiling. If weather is inclement after the memorial has been veiled, we will check the veil again as it gets closer to your unveiling.
How long has Fram Monument been in business?
Fram Monument has been manufacturing memorials in the Baltimore metropolitan area for over 85 years. We have hundreds of referrals and references available upon request.
Do you make pre-need arrangements?
Yes, we do make pre-need arrangements. If you are trying to spend down yours or your loved one’s assets to apply for medical assistance, we can set up an irrevocable trust to shelter these funds.
What happens if I need a monument installed before the typical 8-12 weeks processing period?
Fram Monument has completed jobs in less than a week when necessary. While it is better to leave plenty of time for planning, if necessary Fram Monument can expedite the process to accommodate your unveiling needs.
How do I know what type of monuments my cemetery allows?
At Fram Monument, we understand the difficulty of making final arrangements. Therefore, we try to make it as easy as possible by keeping your work to a minimum. If you look at our Cemetery Rules and Regulations page you will see what types of memorial stones your cemetery allows. If your cemetery is not listed there, Fram Monument will verify the rules and regulations with the cemetery before your place your order.
I don’t know what to engrave on the monument. Can you point me in the right direction?
The most important information that is engraved on a memorial monument is the name of the deceased. After that, the date of birth and the date of passing should be included. Religious emblems are very common, though emblems of all kinds can be accommodated. Epitaphs are extremely effective, and can add a nice touch to a monument.
I do not live in the area of your showrooms, can I still purchase from you?
Fram Monument has installed in hundreds of cemeteries throughout Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, as well as other states. If you feel that you are outside of that region, feel free to contact us and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.
My family already had existing monuments, and I need to match a new one to those, can you do that?
Fram Monument has a team of installers that will gladly survey your cemetery site. Our specialists will take exact measurements of existing monuments, inscriptions, font size, font style, spacing, emblems, granite and bronze colors, vases, and anything else required to match a new stone. Once the information is collected, we can contact you and decide how to proceed in order to match the new monument to the existing ones.
I noticed other websites that claim to be able to provide me with a monument, and have it shipped to the cemetery. Why shouldn’t I just order from them?
While some websites will let you purchase online and have your monument shipped to the cemetery or to yourself, those companies will not offer installation and unveiling services. You will still have to pay and coordinate delivery and installation with your local cemetery. At Fram Monument, our monument purchases are inclusive of lettering, engraving, installation, and unveiling preparation. Your Fram Monument representative will handle everything up until the unveiling, and you won’t have to deal with the cemetery at all.
Do you only sell Jewish monuments?
Fram Monument has been servicing people of all faiths and religions for approximately 90 years. Our granite and bronze memorials can be customized to many shapes and sizes, and can include any emblems, pictures, inscriptions, and languages. Our representatives can work with you to provide quality service and pricing regardless of what you need.
I am eligible for a veteran bronze marker. How do I go about ordering one and purchasing a matching granite base with installation?
Fram Monument has coordinated plenty of veteran bronze markers and we can assist you to receive yours. We can also provide a matching granite base in accordance with your cemetery’s rules and regulations, and have them installed together prior to your scheduled unveiling.