Online Videos and Films for the Monument Industry (MBFilms)

Throughout the years, Monument Builders of North America has produced many films/videos to educate its members about the various facets of the monument industry. Recently, many of these videos were converted to a digital format for you to view at your leisure from your home or office computer. Click the videos below to see more of MBNA’s educational offerings from the past!

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A Season for Remembering - During a time and season that has come to be characterized by Black Friday deals and record breaking travel congestion, taking a little time to honor the people that shape our lives can help mend that part of us that is often neglected by the pressures of our workaday culture.
A Time for Remembering - Enrich your holiday season by honoring the people that have shaped your life.
Community Healing - Sometimes the best way to heal is to remember.
Cremation Memorials - Remembering and recording the lives of loved ones that were cremated is as important as remembering and recording the life of a person that received a traditional burial.
Custom Carved Monuments - A memorial can tell a person's life story in many ways: through the words carved into it, through its location, and through the form it takes. Custom carved memorials are beautiful and unique. They help to capture the story of a lifetime. This video shows brief snippets from the process of carving a custom monument.
Design Vignette - This 30 second video shows elements of the monument design process.
Diamond Etching - Diamond etching is the process of creating a picture with thousands of impact marks from a diamond-tipped chisel. This old-world technique creates a long-lasting picture that is actually engraved into stone.
Fathers - An unlikely way to remember a Father and Grandfather! Let's create a better way to remember the people we love.
Fishing with Dad - Memorialization is about making memories permanent. This video portrays the story of a father, a son, and some tender moments that were recorded in stone for the generations to remember.
Grandmas - Memorialization is about healing the people that few people that mourn your loss and recording a little bit of the flavor of your character for the many people who will follow after you.
Grandpa's Horses - It has often been said that monument builders tell stories in stone. This is the second video in a three video series that shows how a good monument builder can tell a story in stone.
Grandpas - Memorialization is about healing the people that few people that mourn your loss and recording a little bit of the flavor of your character for the many people who will follow after you.
Honoring Our Veterans - When gratitude is not enough - then let us remember. Civic memorials are an important part of every community.
How Do You Want to Be Remembered? - Why not make a conscious decision about the way you'll be remembered? Why shouldn't a memorial be a useful and beautiful part of the places that you love? This video shows one couple that has chosen to change the way they will be remembered.
MBNA—Professional Monument Builders - Memorializing the life of a loved one is a difficult process. Finding a professional can make this process a lot easier. Create a monument that will preserve the story of a lifetime for generations to come by choosing a professional monument builder from North America's largest and most respected Monument association–the MBNA.
Memorial Art - Inception to End - It's difficult to imagine the incredible amount of work that goes into creating a memorial. This video shows brief scenes from several steps of the process.
Mothers - Remembering should be beautiful, functional, and accessible. Remember the people you love, in the places you love!
Remembering at Home - Remember the people you love in the places you love!
Remembering Mom - A scene on a monument can come to life in the thoughts and memories of loved ones. A memorialist (monument builder) can capture your stories in stone so that you and your family can reflect on a life well-lived.
Rock Pitching - One of the most iconic tools of a stone mason is the square-tipped chisel used to break stone in a straight line. This video shows the centuries-old process of rock pitching.
Stencil Vignette - This thirty second shows how a design is cut into a thin sheet of rubber and prepared for sandblasting.
Stone Polishing - Stone is polished by hours of work by a skilled craftsman. There is no "coating" that is applied. The beautiful, nearly permanent shine on memorials is created by a series of diamond impregnated pads, water, and a skilled craftsman. If the polishing process is done incorrectly, the stone can overheat causing the stone surface to prematurely crumble.
the Art of Remembering - Why do we choose to remember? Because remembering is beautiful and ennobling.
The Role of a Grave Marker in Genealogy - A grave marker is one of the only pieces of artwork that an average family will ever buy. These hand-made tributes to the life of a loved one serve many important purposes for a grieving family, but they are also an important permanent record that will tell an individual's story to the generations that follow.
the Tree Swing - How would your Mother want to be remembered? Let's create a better way to remember the people we love!
What is a Pre-need memorial? - If you were given only a few square feet on which to tell your whole life story, what would you say? What events, and memories would you include? What would you want your great, great grandchildren to know about you? Pre-need memorials give you the chance to make important decisions about the story of your life.
When It's Permanent, Get a Professional - There are times when cost is not the most important factor in a decision. When you only get one chance to get it right, a professional can make all the difference.
Who's Your Hero? - Who's your hero? Memorialization is about recording the stories of the every-day heroes that impact our lives more than any other people on earth.