Date of Birth on Niche Plaques?

8 years, 10 months ago

Hi, is it normal for Funeral Homes to charge extra to have the full Date of Birth / Date of Death on the niche plaques?

I am told there is no charge if only the year of birth & death are stated (eg. 1940 – 1980), but that having the complete DOB/DOD is custom and costs extra (eg. Jan 1st, 1940 to Dec 31st, 1980).

Thank you.

Jennifer Lane
8 years, 10 months ago

Hi Linda.

This is a good question you ask and the answer is “yes”, but let me explain the 2 reasons why there might be an additional charge for full dates.

One reason is that the companies who manufacture the niche plaque (also known as a niche plate) can and do prefabricate the year, so for example, they have 1940 and 1980 pre-made before orders are ever placed and so those 4 digits for birth and death are usually included in the price of the plaque/plate when you purchase it.

To have the full dates, this is a custom order as there would not be any pre-made dates that include the month and day. This would be the case for a niche plaque that uses screws to attach the birth and death dates which are usually separate small rectangular plates.

The second reason for an additional charge is that if the niche plaque is all one piece, meaning no small plates are attached by screws for the dates, then additional charges (by the manufacturer, usually a bronze company) would apply for the full dates because there are more digits (letters, numbers) involved.

I hope this was helpful, but please reply if you have any further questions.

8 years, 10 months ago

Thanks Jennifer, this was very helpful indeed.


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