General Headstone Information

Gravestone Questions and Answers

Peter Troost Monument has been in the cemetery memorial business for over 130 years. While we have accumulated a wealth of knowledge during that time, we realize it's an area that most know little about. We have tried to provide you with answers and information on some of the topics families are most interested in but if you don't find what you're looking for here, please reach out for further assistance.


The memorial you purchase should be as special as the person it honors. Let us help you incorporate those special touches that will make the memorial particularly meaningful to you and your family.

Pricing Information


A granite cemetery monument ensures you will enjoy its original beauty for decades to come. In order to offer you the largest selection of colors possible, we import our granite from all over the world.

Granite Colors

Veterans Markers

The Department of Veterans Affairs will furnish, upon request and at no charge to the applicant, a government headstone to deceased, eligible veterans in any cemetery around the world.

Markers for Veterans

Cemetery Guidelines

Each cemetery has their own unique rules and regulations. We can answer your questions about the memorial guidelines at your cemetery.

Rules and Regulations


Get answers to frequently asked questions regarding gravestone, grave marker and headstone designs, materials, carving, etching and Chicago cemeteries.

All Questions

How to Order

Learn the factors to consider, questions to ask, and steps involved when buying a memorial. You can purchase over the phone or by visiting one of locations.

Ordering Process

Our Locations

Find the showroom location nearest you.


Request a Brochure

We have a series of brochures to aid your decision-making.

Request a Copy

Things to Know Before Buying A Headstone

Watch this short video to learn what to consider before purchasing a headstone.

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The Headstone Purchasing Process

This video explains the four steps we will guide you through when you come in to purchase your memorial.

Watch the Video


There is something special to say about everyone but summarizing a life in just a few words can be very difficult. Get ideas for the final inscription by visiting our epitaphs page.

Epitaphs for headstones
"Thank you to Troost for helping Leo Catholic High School design, build, and install a memorial to Corporal J. P. F., USMC. Corporal F. was awarded The Medal of Honor for his heroism in WWII and deserved a special memorial stone. We could not ask for any more excellent assistance."

R. Siegel,

"Just a few words of extended thanks for the marvelous service, warm expression of kindness and patience. I knew I would be pleased, but my daughter's memorial is much more beautiful than I imagined. Now when I visit my daughter's memorial, I receive a little more comfort and peace."

S. Patterson,

"The headstone is absolutely beautiful. Our late mom would've loved it."

D. Herr,

"We absolutely loved the headstone and got it way sooner than we thought."

D. Brockert,

"During our time of sadness, you were helpful and kind."

K. Kampa,

"Beautiful work, exactly as ordered."

K. Dee,

"It was beautiful. My family and I love it. Thank you so much."

B. Minor,

"Everything was beautiful. I will be referring family friends and spreading the word. Wonderful!!!"

L. Hiller,

"We saw the memorial this past weekend and could not be more pleased. Thank you for a job well done!"

W. & C. Wilder,