At Sunset View, we help families in El Cerrito, Albany, and throughout the Bay Area create customized monuments and headstones for their loved ones. There are many burial options from which to choose, and our experienced staff members help our neighbors choose the right one for their needs and budget. From time to time, families come to us wishing to learn more about the purpose of customizing a monument or headstone.


Here are some of the top reasons why we encourage families to personalize a memorial for their loved one:


Crafting a unique memorial for your loved one

With every customized monument or headstone designed at our funeral home, our primary goal is to highlight what made your loved one so special. At each stage of planning, we honor the wishes of the families we serve to craft a one-of-a-kind tribute. We encourage families to think outside of stock designs and templates to design an unforgettable memorial to their loved one.


Incorporating religious and cultural symbols

At Sunset View, we serve families hailing from a variety of religious and cultural backgrounds. Choosing a customized monument or headstone lets you incorporate meaningful religious and cultural symbols into the design. Maybe you choose to include Christian symbols like an angel, dove, or cross, or perhaps you wish to feature traditional Chinese lettering or significant phrases promoting peace and prosperity.


Creating a permanent tribute to your loved one 

A customized monument crafted from granite is built to withstand time and weather. Along with the material, you can choose to customize the size, shape, color, and design of your memorial. This helps ensure that your loved one will be remembered in the way you wish them to be. Including a meaningful saying or a symbol on the monument ensures that those visiting the cemetery or burial spot in the years to come will be aware of your loved one’s legacy.


Tracing your family’s ancestry

Adding personal details to your loved one’s headstone will help others more easily identify it. A personalized headstone featuring your loved one’s name, birthdate, and other important information can help family members track their ancestry in the future. Including significant quotes, favorite verses, or childhood nicknames on the headstone can provide generations to come with special details about your loved one.


Contact us with questions about choosing a customized monument or headstone at our funeral home. We are available 24/7 to answer any questions you may have.