While the process of purchasing a monument for a loved one is not as difficult as planning a funeral, it is by no means easy.  To begin with, monuments are usually purchased anywhere between 1-12 months after a death has occurred.  At this time, most families are still grieving.  Aside from that, most don’t even know what a monument is.  In common terms, a monument is a headstone, footstone, ledger, bench, marker, or anything else that can be placed over a grave to memorialize the existence of the deceased.  Monuments are typically constructed of granite or bronze, as these materials are strong and are meant to last “forever.