At Sierra Headstone and Monument we know that losing a loved one is a painful experience. The grief and pain that comes with loss is overwhelming in so many ways, but as you begin to come to terms with our loved ones passing, you may start to think about ways to honor and remember him or her.

The process of choosing a memorial can be emotionally challenging and we are here to help. Your decisions will affect how your loved one is remembered for generations to come, and we know you want to get it just right. It can be quite difficult to balance the desire to create a fitting tribute to your loved one, while keeping in mind the practical considerations of cost and design.

Located in Reno, NV, Sierra Headstone & Memorial is a family-owned business that has been in operation in Northern Nevada since 1979. We know that every person is unique, every story is different, and every loss is personal. We know how difficult these decisions can be and we are here to help guide and support you in designing the perfect tribute for your loved one.

Sierra Headstone & Monument is humbled to work with every family who we meet and trusts us with such a deeply personal and important experience. We will work with you one-on-one from the initial design all the way through delivery and placement of your monument. We are here to support you and make this incredibly difficult time just a little bit easier. Below we have compiled a list of helpful information to get you started.


Our mission is to provide you with the best value in quality affordable headstones, memorials, and monuments. We have an extensive catalog of designs and layouts for you to choose from and we will work with you to create the design you are looking for at the price point you desire. If you do not see what you want in our catalog, we can customize just about anything to your specifications.

Our design process is a collaborative one. No design will go into production until you have signed off on the final proof. It is important to us that you play an active role in the process.


1. Consider Your Cemetery's Requirements

All cemeteries have rules and regulations governing monuments. A good place to start is to contact the cemetery to find out the applicable regulations for the given space and section where you intend to place your monument. We can also help you find this information if needed.

2. Define Your Preferred Style

The following are the standard styles of monuments:

(1) Flush, (2) Bevel; (3) Slant; (4) Upright; (5) Bench; (6) Estate.


    Flush with the ground and no elevation. Polished top, sawcut sides.

    Slight slope and raised from ground, easier to see from further away than the flush marker. Polished top, rock pitched sides.

    Large format with more surface area for larger lettering and custom designs. Stands out and creates prominence over the space. Room for engraving on front and back. Polished face, rock pitched sides. (Optional polished back if including verbiage.)

    Very prominent option with most room for verbiage and design on both front and back. Can easily be shaped into a variety of custom shapes. Polished front and back, rock pitched sides.

    Provides space to sit and reflect. We offer a variety of styles and shapes. Benches can have cremated remains placed in or below them.

    Full sized cremation monuments are also known as an estate monument. Many beautiful styles to choose from. They can accommodate multiple urns.
3. Choose Your Preferred Size

As an industry-wide practice, all monuments are described by size in terms of length x width x height.


    • Single grave, one name 24” x 12” x 4”
    • Single grave, two names 28” x 16” x 4”
    • Side by side, two names 36” x 12” x 4” (can be up to 48” depending on amount of artwork)
    • Infant marker 16” x 8” x 4”

    • Single grave, one name 24” x 12” x 6
    • Single grave, two names 30” x 12” x 6”
    • Side by side, two names 36” x 12” x 6” (can be up to 48” depending on amount of artwork)
    • Infant marker 16” x 8” x 6”
  • SLANT COMMON SIZING (when purchasing without a base, i.e. some form of base is already at site or cemetery has restrictions, etc.)

    • Single grave, one name 24” x 10” x 16”
    • Single grave, two names 30” x 10” x 16”
    • Side by side, two names 36” x 10” x 16” (can be up to 48” depending on amount of artwork)
    • Infant marker 20” x 10” x 16”

    • Single grave, one name 24” x 10” x 16” + Base 36” x 14” x 4”
    • Single grave, two names 30” x 10” x 16” + Base 42” x 14” x 4”
    • Side by side, two names 36” x 10” x 16” (can be up to 48” depending on amount of artwork) + Base 48” x 14” x 4”
    • Infant marker 16” x 8” x 12” + Base 24” x 12” x 4”

    • Single grave, one name 24” x 6” x 18” + Base 36” x 12” x 6”
    • Single grave, two names 36” x 6” x 20” + Base 48” x 12” x 6”
    • Side by side, two names 42” x 6” x 20” + Base 54” x 12” x 6” (can be bigger depending on amount of artwork)

    • Standard benches come in three sizes 36, 48, or 60 inches long. Custom sizing and shapes available.

    • Size and shape fully customizable limited only by cemetery restrictions.
4. Select Your Material

All of Sierra Headstone & Monuments’ markers are made from granite sourced from around the world. We choose granite because of the wide range of colors, textures, and patterns available to customize each monument.

Granite also allows for engraving and is superior in durability compared to nearly all other available mediums.

All painted surfaces on our products are covered by a 10-year warranty and photos are covered by a lifetime warranty. There are other instances where a warranty would apply, which can be discussed on a case by case basis.

We also offer re-staining/painting services on any monuments, call us for a quote.

5. Finalize Your Design

Once you have chosen the style and size of your headstone, you can begin the layout of the verbiage and designs you would like to see. Designs can be anything from our catalog to hand drawn artwork to photographs.

Sierra Headstone & Monument has a large catalog of designs for you to choose from, or you can always customize with your own ideas and/or artwork.

During the design process we will work with you to come up with a design proof and will go through as many proofs as needed until the design is what you have envisioned. Production will not begin until the final proof has been approved by you and a deposit has been made.


I’ve never done this before, where do I begin?

This can be an overwhelming time, but we are here to help. The first step is to acquaint yourself with the various types of headstones and monuments. We have detailed that information for you here on our “5 Step Design Process" page. Once you have gone through that page you will be better informed of your options, and we will be at a good starting point to begin the design phase of your headstone.

How much will this cost?

We have detailed that information for you here on our “Pricing” page.

Do I need to wait a certain amount of time before ordering a headstone or monument?

You can begin the process of ordering a headstone or monument at any time. It can take from 1-6 months from production and delivery of a memorial. (Shipping timelines may vary depending upon size, design, customization, granite color, etc.) Most cemeteries will have the ground prepared, and cement poured before your memorial is delivered.

How long does it take to receive the memorial?

Once you have approved the final proof of your design, if using inventory stock, we typically expect completion of your headstone in 6-10 weeks. Custom headstones and monuments may take from 3 to 6 months to complete and deliver. Many factors can affect the delivery timeline, including the quarry location, availability of granite, design changes, and even weather or shipping delays, etc.

How custom can I make my design?

Sierra Headstone & Monument can customize any design you would like. If there is a picture of a headstone you have seen that is not in our catalog, we can certainly make it; or if you have a vision in your mind, we will work with you to make that vision come to fruition. During the design process we will work with you to discuss all options and ideas and can answer any questions or give advice. The design process is collaborative one, with no design going into production until you have signed off on the final proof.

Can I put a photograph on the memorial?

Yes. Incorporating a photograph of your loved one into the memorial is a popular option for paying tribute. We use ceramic or porcelain photos, which are typically used as a less expensive alternative to hand or laser etching. Memorial photos can be added in many different sizes and will be attached directly to your headstone. Your photo can feature an individual, a couple, or a family, and we can remove and replace backgrounds, individuals, or even merge two photos. We will discuss all photo capabilities and options with you during the design phase.

How is the carving and design done?

The most effective method for the most impressive result is sandblasting, which is the technique Sierra Headstone & Monument uses.

Are your products covered by a warranty?

Yes. All of our painted surfaces (lettering, for example) are covered by a 10-year warranty. Photos are covered by a lifetime warranty. There are instances where warranties might also apply, but would be circumstance-specific. Vandalism or normal wear and tear by weather and age after ten years would not be covered, but we do offer services to repaint or rehab monuments for a service fee.

Why do people buy headstones in advance of death?

Many families like to design their own headstones leaving nothing to question as to what their final wishes are. The other advantage is that if a spouse passes, the memorial is completed for both with date of passing added for the surviving spouse at a later time.

Can I put any memorial I want in my cemetery?

A very important part of the process is understanding your cemetery’s rules and regulations regarding headstones/ monuments. For example, some cemeteries only allow flush markers, and some cemeteries have restrictions from section to section regarding what type of headstone can be in the designated section.

Who will install my memorial?

Typically, Sierra Headstone & Monument installs the memorials we fabricate. There are however some cemeteries that require us to use their installer; in such a case, we will deliver the monument to the cemetery for you.

What areas do you serve for installations?

We are proud to serve all of Nevada and select areas in Northern California. We also offer local pickup for stones looking to be taken outside of our service area. Call to discuss your specific needs.

Can you do memorials/plaques in bronze?

Yes, we offer a wide selection of bronze memorials and plaques. Call to discuss your specific needs.


We know pricing is a consideration for all families, and the costs of a memorial is highly variable depending upon many factors. The costs include the stone itself, the level of customization, the granite chosen, and the fees associated with your cemetery for installation and endowment.

Although all headstones/memorials will vary in cost, below we endeavor to breakdown some of these costs to help you make informed decisions.

Base Rates

As discussed in the page “5 Step Design Process” there are several styles of headstones to choose from. The base rates for those 5 styles are as follows (the quoted base rate is for a single person, with dates, a verse, a design from our catalog, and standard light gray “Sierra White” granite):

  • Single Flush Marker - starting at $1100
  • Single Bevel Marker - starting at $1325
  • Single Slant (no base) - starting at $1850
  • Single Slant on Base - starting at $2850
  • Upright Monument - starting at $3650
  • Bench – starting at $3600
  • Bronze Memorials/Plaques – call for quote
  • Quoted prices do not include sales tax or setting fees.

The level of customization will also affect the price. For example, adding a photo, laser etching, vases, engraving both side, or custom artwork, etc. will add to the cost. We can discuss all of those options and pricing with you during initial consultation/design process.

Granite color and pricing depends on sourcing and availability.

Setting Fees & Sales Taxes

The price of your headstone/monument does not include the potential fees assessed by cemeteries for perpetual care, aka, endowment care or setting/installation. If you need assistance determining the fees at your cemetery, we are happy to help find out that information for you.


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