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  • Remembering Our Pets: Monuments in Memory of Amazing Animals

    We commend our pets as loyal companions and often refer to dogs as a man’s best friend. Even after they are gone, each and every one of them maintains a special stronghold on our hearts. We remember the good times and the bad when our furry friends were always there for us.
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  • 7 Things to Consider When Purchasing a Cemetery Memorial

    Cemetery Monuments are items that many people never have to shop for. However, if you ever do need to find an appropriate memorial for a loved one, you should have some idea of what questions to ask before you purchase. Here at Quiring Monuments, we know it is a difficult task to find the just the right company to help you design just the right memorial stone.
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    By David Quiring
  • How Do You Want to Be Remembered?

    Looking back at man’s earliest historical records, loved ones have always found their own particular ways to commemorate life. Each one of us occupies a unique place in our time and space on this earth. No matter where we live or how we live, we all place our distinctive fingerprint on our world. From the tombs of the pharaohs to a name on a donor’s wall in a hospital the attempt to preserve our personal perspective is ingrained into our being.
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    By David Quiring
  • 42nd Military Police Partner with Quiring to Remember Fallen Heroes

    Memorial at Joint Base Lewis-McChord honors 29 military police killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. This monument honors 29 military police killed in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2003-2011. On Friday, October 18, 2013 ten families from around our country gathered together at Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s memorial park to unveil the monument and to honor their loved ones who are no longer with us.
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  • Why Granite is Preferred for Cemetery Monuments

    There are many types of granite found all over the earth but very few memorial quality deposits. The proper amount of molten mixing of the correct mineralogical components and then a slow cooling over many thousands of years can create deposits where memorial grade granites may be quarried.
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    By David Quiring
  • The Art of Hand Carving and Engraving

    For centuries, artists and craftsmen have worked hard to transform raw slabs of various kinds of stone into beautiful memorials that use words and images to lovingly preserve the lives and legacies of those who have gone before us.
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    By David Quiring
  • To color or not to color, that is the question.

    Some folks in my company, Quiring Monuments, Inc. in Seattle, WA had a few technical questions about granite coloring/contrasting products, so I decided to go to the source for answers. The decision to add contrast and color begs the question of “How”? How do we add beautiful and lasting color and contrast to the stone?
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    By David Quiring
  • Why Husbands Are Buried on the Left

    When admiring a monument or memorial, it’s helpful to know some important facts about symbolism. In previous posts, we’ve explored significant symbols and their meaning as well as religious symbols. However, there are usually less obvious elements of significance and symbolism.
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  • Five Ways to Customize Your Pet’s Memorial

    Pets give so much and ask for very little in return. Because each pet is unique and we want to reflect that in the memorials we create for them, let us introduce you to some options for creating the perfect pet memorial.
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  • Tombstone Tours 2012 | Thailand and China Part 2

    I recently had the chance to visit Thailand and China with my colleague John Provines, owner of VJ Memorials in Chino, CA. To read about the first half of our trip, read Thailand and China, Part 1.
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    By David Quiring
  • Why Use Granite for Memorials?

    Granite offers an unlimited array of choices in colors and shapes. It can be finished in a multitude of ways and any special designs and carvings are inexpensive enough that they can be the rule rather than the exception.
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  • Five Ways to Personalize Your Memorial

    Making your loved one’s memorial both personal and unique is an important aspect of remembering his or her life. These days, many ways exist to do just that. Here are five ways to make a memorial reflect the life of your loved one.
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  • The Philosophy of Memorialization

    Why do humans have such a strong desire to erect memorials? What deep-seated drive impels us to build monuments? The answer can be found in the definition of the word “monument.”
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    By David Quiring
  • Meaningful Memorializaiton Idea Guide [PDF]

    When memorializing a loved one it can be difficult to know where to start. That’s why we’ve put together this “Meaningful Memorialization Idea Guide”. This “Idea Guide” covers some of the basic yet pertinent information needed to create your monument.
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  • Memorial Day Memories 2012 by David Quiring

    For many people, Memorial Day is an exciting holiday. It marks the beginning of summer and workers get a 3-day weekend. It’s the start of boating, camping, and hiking seasons and school is almost over. But how many of us remember the original purpose of this holiday?
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    By David Quiring
  • Asian Memorials - Religious Art Series Part 3

    Saturated with religion, the continent of Asia features many of the world’s major religious traditions, including Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Christianity, Taoism, Islam, and others. This article talks briefly about some of Asian religious art’s most recognizable symbols and their related meanings.
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  • Jewish Memorials - Religious Art Series Part 2

    Like other religious traditions, Jewish art features many symbols, some well known and others less so. In part 2 of our series on religious memorial art, we explore some of Jewish religious art’s most significant symbols and their related meanings.
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  • Harold J. Schaller Monument Renderings Slideshow

    Harold Schaller was considered by many in the commemorative arts industry to be one of America's foremost Designer-Memorialists. In this slideshow put together by David Quiring, we see some of Harold's hand drawn renderings of his greatest works.
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    By David Quiring
  • Tombstone Tours 2012 | Thailand and China Part 1

    Follow David Quiring on his recent trip to Thailand and China. In Part 1 of his 'Tombstone Tour', he takes you through Bangkok, Thailand and shows you some of their great monuments and memorials.
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    By David Quiring
  • Catholic Memorials - Religious Art Series Part 1

    This four-part series takes a close look at the symbolism and meaning behind this use of religious art to commemorate and celebrate the lives of those we love. With familiar symbols and easily distinguishable designs known across many different cultures, Catholic religious art has been used to adorn headstones, grave markers, and memorials for centuries.
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  • The Benefits of Pre-Need Planning

    Do you know the burial wishes of those closest to you? Do they know yours? As we get older we often start thinking about how our death will affect our loved ones. Losing someone close to you is always traumatic, but we can help our loved ones during that difficult time by being prepared and preplanning as much as possible.
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  • Exploring Memorial/Monument Symbols and Their Value

    What is the value of a cemetery monument? Most memorialists like to think in terms of Emblems, Symbols and Graphic Elements when trying to determine the best perspective for a headstone design. There are subtle differences in the terms and they bear a bit of scrutiny.
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  • Tips for Handling, Installing and Cleaning Granite Memorials

    Sometimes we forget that while granite has such incredible durability it is still vulnerable to certain types of damage. It is very hard and therefore it is also quite brittle. Anything that bumps against the sharp corners or edges can take out an unsightly chip. Here are some tips to prevent damaging your granite memorial.
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  • Quiring Wins MBNA Aspire Award

    We at Quiring Monuments would like to take a moment to let you know that we won an important industry award last month. We’re excited to share this news with you because we deeply believe in what we do each day and we’re excited that an industry-leading organization has recognized our hard work.
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  • 9 of the Most Famous and Historic Monuments

    During the course of your life, you’ve most likely visited a handful of monuments. These monuments no doubt moved you to pause and remember someone or something worth remembering. Here’s a list of some of the largest and most recognizable monuments in the world.
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  • Why Do We Place Flowers on Gravesites?

    If you’ve ever visited the gravesite of a loved one, there’s a pretty good chance that you brought along flowers to place on the grave. However, have you ever wondered how this age-old tradition began?
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  • A Look at International Funeral Customs

    Each culture has its own unique way of approaching funeral customs for its people. Along with each approach comes a fascinating array of rituals, memorials, and language—often completely different than our own here in the United States.
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  • The History of Grave Markers [Infographic]

    Throughout history, marking gravesites has been an important way for us to honor and respect our loved ones. In each society, burial ceremonies and grave markers were specific to that culture and can provide us with some insight into their lives.
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  • Granite Monubenches vs. Classic Benches

    Quiring Monuments is proud to offer you varying styles and designs of custom monubenches to commemorate the life and legacy of your loved one. Whether you choose a custom single or a custom companion monubench, Quiring Monuments will work with you to ensure that the one you love is properly remembered for years to come.
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  • What to Put on a Memorial

    The act of remembering is an essential human activity. We remember significant dates, profound moments, and formative lessons. We remember life’s joys and celebrations, as well as its struggles and pain. Most importantly, however, we remember people—those special individuals who impacted our lives.
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  • Welcome to the Quiring Monuments Blog

    In this new blog we will address this evolution by taking a look at situations and trends around the world and inviting discussion from the industry, our partners, and our customers as to how we can properly adapt and forge a new path to the future.
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    By David Quiring