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Steve Venick and the Biggest Mitzvah

Steve Venick and the Biggest Mitzvah

Steve Venick (Jewish Cemetery Association of Greater Baltimore) Steve Venick, the president of the Jewish Cemetery Association of Greater Baltimore, first got involved in taking care of Jewish cemeteries at a young age, with the blessing and encouragement of his...

Cemetery Gives Back to Local Community

Under sad circumstances, a cemetery goes above and beyond to help a mourning family in need. Click the link below for the full story: Cemetery Donates Headstone

Real Estate Prices Affecting Cemetery Plots

NBC News reported how the price of cemetery plots has been affected by the rising real estate prices.  At the end of the day, cemeteries use up valuable space which can be used for other development purposes, so cemeteries have to pay premium prices to obtain proper...

Monument Company Gives Back to Local Community – A True Kindness

Monument Company Gives Back to Local Community – A True Kindness

Many acts of kindness come with the benefit of knowing that the party being helped recognizes and appreciates the kindness which was given.  However, memorials come with the understanding that not only will their be no sign of appreciation, but also no repayment of...

Private Estate Mausoleums: More Popular Than Ever

Private Estate Mausoleums: More Popular Than Ever

A world which is accustomed to people spending millions of dollars on their residences is now trending to spending the same amounts on their final resting places.  A Wall Street Journal article (which is linked to below), highlights the extravagant nature of these...

How to Clean Bronze Grave Markers

How to Clean Bronze Grave Markers

Found this interesting post from another site, in case anyone is interested in finding out how to clean a bronze grave marker.  I can't guarantee that this will work, but definitely contains some useful information. See link below:...

Memorial Headstone Provides Long Awaited Relief

Memorial Headstone Provides Long Awaited Relief In a touching story, Fram Monument Company helps deliver a long awaited closure to a family in need.  Click above link to read the full story.

Custom Cemetery Mausoleums – Are they right for you?

For anyone who does not know, a mausoleum is an upright structure or building which holds interment spaces for above-ground entombment.  The concept has existed for many years, as is seen in pyramids.  Traditionally, mausoleums were used as a sign of wealth and...

How to Buy Headstones and Memorials Online – The Smart Way

With all of the advances in technology, consumers today have much more information regarding potential purchases than ever before.  While the monument business may be outdated, the internet has created opportunities for families in need to save money by purchasing...

Why Jewish People Leave Stones on Monuments at Gravesites

Every religion seems to have specific traditions relating to the memorial process.  The focus of today's post will be the Jewish tradition of leaving stones on graves of loved ones, as opposed to the traditional custom of bringing flowers. According to the Jewish...

Private Memorials at Arlington National Cemetery – Available Again!

Years ago, anyone having a loved one interred at Arlington National Cemetery could request that the interment site be in what is called "a private monument section."  The "regular sections" at the cemetery entail the same burial options as what one would be entitled...

How Bronze Cemetery Markers and Headstones are Made

Most people that place orders for bronze cemetery markers and headstones are not at all aware of the intense process that goes along with preparing every order.  Aside from all of the supporting jobs required to fulfill a bronze marker order, such as taking the order,...

Companion Monuments – Together Forever

Many times when a spouse passes, the surviving spouse will purchase a double or companion monument.  This means that the headstone, footstone, or anything else that is being used to mark the grave, is now centered over 2 graves as opposed to just one.  This kind of...

Planning an Unveiling

The unveiling is the formal dedication of the headstone. Religiously, an unveiling can take place anytime 30 days after the funeral, which is also referred to as the "Shloshim."  Traditionally, many people wait 11 months to one year past the funeral as it marks the...

Life Insurance – A Great Way to Pay for Final Expenses

People obtain life insurance for many different reasons.  A policy can act as a financial investment vehicle, a way to pay off estate taxes, and even a way to borrow money.  While these reasons are all valid, the created purpose of insurance in general is to prepare a...

Jewish-Funerals.org – An Excellent Resource

Being a part of the Baltimore/Washington Jewish Community has enabled me to come across the Jewish Funeral Practices Committee of Greater Washington.  The committee is made up of experienced individuals, who are actively involved with Jewish congregations, social...

Beginner’s Guide to Finding a Jewish Cemetery

ACCORDANCE WITH YOUR PERSONAL BELIEF SYSTEM. The first step of course is to find a cemetery that is reasonably close to where you live so that you can visit easily.  Once you have found a few within close proximity, look to see which land is most affordable, and which...

Beginner’s Guide to Buying Jewish Cemetery Plots

When purchasing plots, it is not mandatory to immediately buy from the cemetery.  Often times individuals own plots that they are looking to sell for various reasons, and it may be most cost effective to purchase directly from them.  Usually the local Jewish...

Beginner’s Guide to Choosing a Jewish Funeral Home

Funeral arrangements are generally the toughest part of the final arrangement process to handle, as the majority of people take care of them within 24 hours of the time of death.  It is important to select a funeral home that is in close proximity to the cemetery in...

Beginner’s Guide to Buying Jewish Memorial Monuments

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...

Advanced Funeral Arrangements – Highly Recommended

Cemetery, funeral, and monument arrangements can be done in advance, and I highly recommend doing just that.  It may be uncomfortable to deal with these things for yourself or relatives while still alive, but it will definitely make things easier for you if you take...