Here we will take a look at the bench memorial design. Bench memorials can come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, all with the intention of being one of the most interactive of all memorials.
Whether for cremation, stand alone, in conjunction with a larger estate plot, or used for ornamental park design; bench memorials are also one of the most versatile memorials we offer.
In this article, we are going to cover:
The traditional memorial bench design consists of simply: 2 legs and a cross-section for the “seat”. In our more modern designs, those two legs are typically square with the same square shape for the bench seat. This modern look can be seen with the Gibson Bench pictured.
In more unique and one of a kind memorials, we see a much larger variant of the leg shape. As with the Eiler Bench pictured, the Eiler family wanted to tell more of a rugged family story. Thus, the bench supports have a more raw and natural look to them.
The Eiler Bench Memorial is also noted for its use as a cremation bench. The larger and thicker legs allow for the last remains and urns to be fully encapsulated. This particular design can house the remains of 4 members of the Eiler Estate.
Selecting the right granite color takes time. All of the colors of granite are mined and sourced from all over the world. Thus, each stone is ever so slightly different.
The sample photos are a very good representation of the granite we source daily but it is likely that you may see some variation in the color across the stone as with the Rainbow or Bahama Blue granite examples. Whereas, some patterns are more uniform like the Blue Pearl or Gray granite examples.
Some of the most popular colors we source and engrave on daily are Gray, Sentinel Red, and Black. While these may be the most popular, we find that what matters most in selecting the bench memorial granite color is the story of those memorialized loved ones.
All colors considered, its best to reach out and speak with one of our expert memorial designers for more details of weekly stock and how long custom pieces will take to get here.
Memorial park bench headstones are a unique but timeless way to honor your loved ones. This style of memorial can be utilized in a huge variety of ways. As seen with the Gibson family bench memorial, the family choose to allow the bench to rest at the very “head” of the double family estate plot they have. Almost acting as a hearth, their traditional bench memorial rises over the companion gravestone already in place. The bench is centered implying room for more of the family to be buried alongside the first companion flat grave marker.
Custom cemetery bench monuments are the hybrid of both a bench monument and an upright headstone. The product is a beautiful and unique granite memorial with one side of the bench built into the face or side of the upright memorial.
As you can see with the Eiler Custom Bench Monument here, the upright on the right was chosen to be less of a traditional tablet shape and more of a rugged boulder. The bench portion then extends from the boulder in a fabulous and similar polished granite which is adorned with the family surname.
All set atop the concrete foundation, this custom bench memorial also doubles as a cremation bench memorial housing the remains of the family members in either of the legs.
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In yet another variation of bench memorial usage. The use of a bench as a granite bench grave marker is a popular one. In this case, the granite bench is the complete memorial. The bench memorial style is simply adapted to stand alone.
Most likely used in an ornamental manner, bench grave markers are engraved with the name and epitaph or other phrases as you can see here with the example bench for Jane. Also, accompanying the engravings is a porcelain portrait showing Jane herself.
With such a unique memorial comes a unique placement. Specifically for our example, Jane’s bench was set in the family garden at their family home. To learn more about Bench Grave Markers click here.
When it comes time to design your loved one’s bench memorial, it is always wise to take your budget into account. In Santa Barbara and the surrounding area, you can expect to range anywhere from $1500 – $7000+ for your loved one’s memorial bench.
The choice of granite color and the amount of engraving work needed factor into the cost of our granite memorial benches.
Requesting a proposal from our expert designers will get you the quickest quote possible. Our memorialists have crafted many life stories into stunning benches and cannot wait to begin casting the story of your loved one.
Now that you have reviewed your color options, design ideas, and even the price range of your loved one’s bench memorial headstone, it’s time to set an appointment with our Artisan Memorialist, Jed Hendrickson. He and His Santa Barbara Monumental Team will engrave your loved one’s story and make that engraving last for generations to come.