How to Choose a Retailer for Your Headstone Purchase

Choosing your retailer for a Headstone

When considering a headstone purchase for your loved one the first person or retailer that you will contact will be the funeral home counselor. This of course will be a decision you must make under a very stressful time.

The best decision for you will be to shop it around for best cost and best design. Headstones made from granite will be your best cost option, it also lends itself to many designs and options for porcelain photos, colorization, text/fonts and can be a profound experience to build the stone with your family sitting next to you and the designer.

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Almost all mortuaries and headstone retailers do not have a designer on site, they generally contract with a stone manufacturer and can only be at best cookie-cutter creative and offer very few changes to design and normally have extensive turn around times. This back and forth process with yourself the counselor and the designer located miles apart can take its toll on the family. Usually families settle for less or must endure cost increases for any changes. Typical lead times to completion will include this shuffle back and forth plus 4-5 weeks manufacturing time.

We at American Headstones Company offer full sit down design from start to finish in as little as 2 hours, eliminating the shuffle. Once you sit with the designer come prepared with ideas, photographs and wording about the person you are creating this lasting headstone for. We begin with Granite choices, price options, Porcelain color photograph size options and creative designs to compliment the stone. We offer you the ability to create Farsi, Arabic, Chinese and many other languages as we sit with your family in front of our foreign keyboard.

When you leave our design studio you will have a complete design, complete price with no increases, Photographic modifications with background removal if needed and all the documents needed for a successful delivery to your cemetery. We will have the marker made and delivered to your cemetery with delivery notification to you when we are complete. We will always strive to meet your delivery deadlines and will never promise you something we cannot deliver.


We are your one-stop Headstone Company located in Southern California and service all cemeteries within our State. We pride ourselves in having the best granite and the best manufacturing support group in California.

Allow us the opportunity to design your next granite Headstone or Bronze cast marker. We are American Headstones Company.

The Author

Josh Rapozo

American Headstone Company is a family business located in southern California. We have been in business since 1983 offering beautiful Granite memorial stones and cast Bronze flat markers and Bronze memorial plates. We are Orange Counties premier supplier of granite markers to the cemetery industry, offering both flat and vertical grave markers. Our expertise is in the custom design of each headstone, cremation marker, pet marker, tombstone, granite memorial plate, flat cemetery markers and stone monuments.