Granite supply shortages cause grave delays for grieving families

It’s a monumental problem for grieving families.

A shortage of materials and backlogs at granite quarries are leading to long delays in getting gravestones.

The issue is the latest glitch for relatives seeking to bury loved ones since the coronavirus pandemic began and overwhelmed funeral homes.

“We’re telling families what used to be a two- to three-month delivery is now more like a minimum six-month delivery,” said Tom Fricke of Alan E. Fricke Memorials in Ronkonkoma, L.I. “We’re not even able to guarantee a dedication or an unveiling date.”

Jews typically do an unveiling of a gravestone about a year after a death. Christians might time the

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