What is Cemetery Lettering?

If you have purchased a pre-need monument or marker and need to add an inscription, Tegeler Monument and Loeblein Memorials can help. Whether you need to add an entire panel or just a simple death date, we will make this process as easy as possible for you. We understand that you are going through a tough time right now and that you need someone you can rely on to get the job done.

Let us explain a little more about our process…

The process to add an inscription to an existing monument or marker is called lettering. Lettering is typically done on site, at the cemetery. If we are adding a panel, or just a date, we will not need to remove the stone from the cemetery to complete the work. However, if you would like to get the back of an existing monument engraved with a design, we will need to remove the stone and bring it back to our shop to complete the work. We make sure to match all of our lettering to what is currently on the existing stone. We match the font, size, and spacing so everything looks uniform.

There are a few different options when it comes to lettering. The most common three are adding a panel, inscribing a blank panel, and adding a death date.

  • Adding a Death Date. When we add a death date, we typically match the layout of the birth date for the deceased.
    If you have the entire date written as: Nov. 1, 1900, we will also put the death date in this format.
  • Adding a Panel. You will know if you have panels on your stone if the names and dates are in a box or even possibly a book. If the name that is already on the stone is in a panel, we will match what the panel looks like for the name being added.
  • Inscribing a Panel. Sometimes when you buy a monument or marker for two people, one of them is still with us, and having your name on a tombstone may make you uncomfortable. That is understandable. In this case, we would plan to add a second name to the stone by including a blank panel. Once it is time to add the inscription inside the blank panel, we will match the layout of the existing name and dates, so everything matches exact.

How Do I Know Which Type of Lettering I Need?

Sometimes it can be difficult to distinguish which type of lettering you may need on your existing monument or marker. Below are some helpful diagrams that show the distinctions between the different types of lettering.

In this diagram, a death date is needed. This monument was bought pre-need and it was already decided who would be buried on the left. Prepping your monument this way, will make things easier on loved ones when the time comes to add the death date.

In this diagram, a full panel inscription is needed. This monument was prepped to add another name and dates when the time came. This is helpful when you know someone else will be going on the stone, but you’re not quite sure who.

In this diagram, an entire panel needs to be added. This monument was
semi-prepped to add another name and dates. This typically happens when the purchaser is not sure if someone will ever be buried in the second grave.

What if I Need to Engrave The Entire Back Side of My Monument?

Tegeler Monument and Loeblein Memorials can also help you if you need to engrave the entire back side of a monument. Depending on the amount of work that needs to be done, we may have to remove the stone from the cemetery and bring it back to our shop to complete the work. Below are some diagrams and an explanation of whether we may need to remove the stone from the cemetery.

In this diagram, only a family name panel is being added to the back of the monument. This is typically done for a few reasons.
1. The customer wants to be able to find their monument easier.
2. The customer owns the two graves behind their monument as well, and family members will be buried there in the future.
For this type of work, we would not need to remove the monument from the cemetery.

In this diagram, only a panel with an inscription is being added to the back of the monument. This is done when the customer owns the two graves behind their monument as well, and someone was recently buried in one of those graves.
For this type of work, we would not need to remove the monument from the cemetery.

In this diagram, a family name panel and a panel with an inscription is being added to the back of the monument. This is done when the customer owns the graves behind their monument as well and a family member was recently buried in one of those graves. The family name panel is added when it is certain that both people being buried in the two graves will have the same last name.
Depending on the size of the monument, we may or may not need to remove it from the cemetery and bring it back to our shop to complete the work.

In this diagram, a family name panel and design are being added to the back of the monument. This can be done for a few reasons.
1. The customer wants to be able to find their monument easier.
2. The customer owns the twos graves behind their monument as well, family members will be buried there in the future, and they wanted the back of the monument to have the design match the front.
For this type of work, we would need remove the monument from the cemetery and bring it back to our shop to complete the work.

In this diagram, the entire back of the monument is being engraved. This is done when the customer owns the two graves behind the monument as well and family members are already buried there or will be in the future. Typically, the back of the monument mirrors the front as far as design goes. However, if you want to do a completely different design on the back of your existing monument, that is no trouble and no extra charge. For this type of work, we would need to remove the monument from the cemetery and bring it back to our shop to complete the work.

At Tegeler Monument and Loeblein Memorials, we understand that this may be completely new to you. We strive to help our customers understand exactly what goes down when purchasing a memorial for a loved one. If you are in need of lettering or you have questions about our process, then give us a call or fill out our online contact form and one of our team members will get in touch with you shortly!

Contact Tegeler Monument Co.

(410) 944-0300

5804 Windsor Mill Rd.
Baltimore, MD 21207

Contact Loeblein Memorials

(410) 284-7404

7205 Eastern Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21224