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Matthews has long been the leader within the Death Care industry for establishing appropriate and meaningful memorial solutions for funeral homes and cemeteries. We are now extending our expertise with the Lasting Memories™ memorial program to churches, universities and other institutions. Through our Lasting Memories program, we can transform virtually any interior or exterior area into an inspiring Memorial Tribute that reflects the deep, rich traditions of your institution. We design memorials that embody a "Celebratory" theme that symbolizes a warm, inviting environment that embraces a celebration of life.

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People's preference for meaningful memorialization varies greatly and many times our emotional association is a driving influence for our choice of disposition. Our turn-key system delivers a comprehensive memorialization program to organizations that craft a lasting tribute to its members while building long term residual revenue for the mission of the institution. From initial design through construction to a full array of memorial products and accessories, Matthews takes you from concept to dedication with a majestic final tribute and everlasting resting place for your alumni or congregational members.

A History of Making Our Mark™

From the first iron die John Matthews engraved in 1850 to the laser-crafted, high-tech tools manufactured today, Matthews International Corporation has built its success, and will continue to grow, by offering products and services of unmatched quality. Through the years, the company continues to grow, introducing innovative products and always exceeding the customer's expectations. The Cremation Division, 1 of 6 Divisions within Matthews International, has been exclusively dedicated to cremation solutions for over 50 years, symbolizing the finest technology, highest safety standards, 24/7 technical support within the industry. Our global leadership in cremation equipment has resulted in over 3,500 locations in over 50 countries. Our leadership, expertise and endless commitment to our client's success are the reason why institutions around the world proudly identify Matthews as the only choice for their cremation memorial solutions.

Matthews Cremation is now extending its expertise with the Lasting Memories™ memorial program to churches, universities and other institutions. Our turn-key system delivers a comprehensive memorialization program to organizations that craft a lasting tribute to its members while building long term residual revenue for the mission of the institution. Matthews has long been the leader within the Death Care industry for establishing appropriate and meaningful memorial solutions for funeral homes and cemeteries. It is only now that we are intentionally extending our services to this exciting new market. During our consultations, whether we focus on an exterior or interior memorial solution, our program captures a final memorial and builds a solid legacy for generations to come. From initial design through construction to a full array of memorial products and accessories, Matthews takes you from concept to dedication with a majestic final tribute and everlasting resting place for your alumni or congregational members.

Thank you for allowing us this opportunity to be a partner in your important project. We are honored by the association and look forward to being an important influence in the success of your memorial legacy.

Sincerely,
The Matthews Team

Concept & Design

SiteManagementThe Planning Phase: Matthews team of professional designers transform otherwise ordinary concepts into extraordinary Cremation Gardens, Niches and Columbarium Memorials. We work closely with you and your committee in capturing your special vision and create a memorial that is unique, functional, practical and aesthetically pleasing to surrounding areas. Matthew's design team gathers information and photos to analyze the specific requirements and capture any nuances that may impact the execution of your project. In-depth discussions take place to identify a central theme or integration of institutional symbols that will impact the overall look/feel of your memorial. This discovery session allows our designers to combine these key attributes with the layout of your land or building and complement your institution's legacy. Careful examination is given to product mix that will most effectively harmonize the geographic characteristics of the area while meeting the project's budget, timing, objectives and resources.

The Design Phase: Once all the exact measurements are understood, Matthew's design team
develops a site plan (black & white drawing) showing specific products (dimensional representation) within the proposed target area. We offer the largest assortment of creative memorial products that are tailored to your specific interests. Interior products include niches with a variety of different styles, faces and accessory features. Exterior products include bronze memorials, plaques, stones, statuary, fountains and donor recognition areas. Especially important for exterior designs, we can incorporate shrubs, plants and flowers that are indigenous to the area. Everything we do is created to complement the property's unique topography and the products we recommend are carefully selected to meet your specific ground requirements. Once the drawings meet your approval, a pricing proposal is established to help guide our final rendering and establish a working budget.

Construction & Site Management

ConstructionFrom Design to Dedication, Matthews is there every step of the way. We are proud to offer a comprehensive range of services to help you create an extraordinary internal or external memorial sunderstanding of what is needed to complete the project within budget and on time. You can be assured that pace that captures the essence and mission of your institution. We are your consultants to help guide you throughout the construction as we possess the background and knowledge to anticipate and overcome any challenges it might present. Our expertise gives us special insight and a clear Matthews and its regional construction partners will be by your side as we mind every detail. Matthew's designers and construction network secure any necessary permits and coordinate the entire production, making this a worry-free and seamless project. Our services can include site prep, foundation, structural framing, special clearing, installation, finishing, etc... While our focus remains sensitive to your schedule, timing and budget, we will never compromise quality. When construction is complete, your institution will provide a legacy foundation for individuals who will be cherished for generations to come.

Interior Niche Memorials

Interior niche settings offer a reflective yet comforting family memorial that is conveniently sheltered from the outside environment. Each niche is an elegant and distinct piece of craftsmanship, custom designed and built to become a majestic tribute and everlasting resting place. Matthew's niches come in several attractive styles with fronts that can be accented with bronze, glass or a wide range of other materials, providing you with virtually unlimited design possibilities for any space or décor. All Matthew's niche units are custom built where you can select the material, finish and color that will complement the architectural design elements of your property. The choice of material for the niche face depends on the manner in which you would like to accent your memorial tribute. All of our niche designs can include beautiful accent features such as Trellis, Lighting, Vases and Name Plate styles that distinctly personalize your memorial setting.

NicheStylesNiche Styles:

  • Simplicity
  • Serenity
  • Victorian
  • Traditional
  • Classic
  • Custometric
  • Eco-Niche

NicheFrontsNiche Fronts:

  • Glass Options
    • Clear
    • Beveled
    • Stained
    • Etched
  • Bronze Sheet Options
    • Light
    • Satin
    • Dark
  • Granite Options
    • Sand
    • Castle Grey
    • Black
    • Burgundy

NicheAccentsNiche Accents:

  • Trellis (Rose & Bamboo)
  • Lighting (Interior & Exterior)
  • Vases
  • Niche Plates

Exterior Niche Memorials

Matthew's exterior memorials offer unique landscape appeal that blends nicely with any campus décor and accents the natural aesthetics of the surrounding area. Matthew's Columbarium Products provide a dignified and distinct piece of craftsmanship, custom designed and built to be an everlasting memorial tribute. The versatility combined with the durability and elegance of bronze gives you the ability to create special feature areas around your property that will be truly elegant. Matthew's Cremation Gardens have been featured around the world and transcend any ground into a beautiful memorial tribute. We carefully study the topography and highlight unique features that will transform an ordinary area into an extraordinary memorial garden. We offer a wide array of special memorial designs that foster a harmony with nature.

Columbarium Designs:

  • Cremorials® Units
    • Flush Mount
    • Above GroundExteriorNicheMemorials
    • Upright Installation
  • (Against existing wall)
    • Freestanding
  • Columbaria
    • Granite
    • Woodland

Exterior Columbarium Memorial Options:

  • Boulders
  • Pillows
  • Curbing
  • Giving Tree
  • Cenotaph Plaques
  • Benches
  • Statuaries

Specialty Memorials

Cremation Gardens

Matthew's Cremation Gardens have been featured around the world and transcend any ground into a beautiful memorial tribute. We carefully study the topography and highlight unique features that will transform an ordinary area into an extraordinary memorial garden. We offer a wide array of special memorial designs that foster a harmony with nature. Matthew's designers can convey practically any concept in the elegance of bronze. We have the artistic capability to replicate any image (set of images) that custom tailor your memorial tribute to your specific institution. Niche units can be placed almost anywhere that there's unused space – even unconventional locations such as around the window and doorways. Matthews can create custom niche units to complement any décor incorporating designs that are meaningful to families, congregation or institution colleagues.

Cremation Garden Design Options:

  • Scattering GardensSpecialtyMemorials
  • Fountains
  • Landscaping

Cast Bronze Niche:

  • Angel
  • Dove & Sun
  • Lighthouse
  • Fishers of Men
  • Stadium

Memorial Marketing

Matthew's has helped hundreds of businesses establish comprehensive marketing strategies. Our marketing team will work within your department or committee to customize our existing template files into your institution's unique brand and messaging. We specialize in designing a variety of "touch point" marketing tools that connect with your market in a variety of different manners. We can help develop the pre-selling campaign, support the awareness of a dedication ceremony, assist in packaging ideas and establish all types of tailored market responsiveness. Our competitive marketing portfolio includes:

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  • Advertising – print & electronic
  • Direct Mail
  • Outdoor Billboards
  • Power Point
  • Counter Card Fliers
  • Press Releases
  • Website features
  • And more.....