If you’re searching for a memorial stonemason in Hereford or surrounding areas of Herefordshire, you may be keen to gain a better understanding of what you should be looking for to ensure you receive an exceptional service and first-class experience from start to finish.
Choosing a memorial to commemorate the life of a loved one can bring a mixture of emotions – but ultimately, we choose a memorial that will help us celebrate their unique life in a fitting way while allowing us to continually remember the fond memories spent together. It is a physical tribute that provides a monument that can be visited so that one and all can pay their respects.
For these reasons, it’s important to choose a memorial stonemason that you can put your complete trust in.
Things to Consider When Researching a Memorial Stonemason in Hereford
When researching memorial stonemasons in Hereford you may want to consider the following:
- Memorial stonemasonry experience
- Viewing some of their previously crafted memorials
- Location of the memorial masons
- Your relationship with the memorial masons
- Recognised memorial stonemasonry accreditation
Let’s take a closer look at these 5 areas you should consider….
Memorial Stonemasonry Experience
The craft of stonemasonry covers many different things, so when selecting your stonemasons do some research into their specific experience with memorial stonemasonry. Just as there are artists who specialise in certain styles and materials, stonemasons can also specialise in different products and types of stone.
For example, here at Ursells we have been designing, crafting, and installing a range of memorials across Hereford and the surrounding areas since 1885, meaning the business has well over a century worth of experience when it comes to making memorials.
You want your memorial to be perfect the first time of asking, so choosing a memorial stonemason with a historical track record of consistently creating beautifully bespoke memorial monuments will be the best way to help you achieve that.
View Some Previously Crafted Memorial Examples
While browsing through catalogues and viewing options online can give you a better idea as to what sort of memorial you would like, it doesn’t tell the full story of the craftsmanship and quality. A reputable stonemason should have a showroom that you can visit so that you can discuss your requirements in great detail and actually view and appreciate a range of their finished memorials in person – allowing you to conclude whether you are happy with the quality of their stonemasonry skills.
Furthermore, viewing the memorials up close will help you better decide on not only the type of memorial you’d like to choose, but also on the best memorial stone materials, fonts, etchings, and other fine details you’d like to incorporate.
Location of the Memorial Mason
Memorials can certainly be designed and crafted from afar, with communication able to take place through phone calls and e-mails and deliveries available on an international scale – in fact, Ursells have past experiences with sending memorials far and wide across the world, though all at an additional delivery cost – so the location of your memorial stonemason is something you will have to personally consider.
If your memorial mason is local to you, it’ll make direct communication quicker and easier. This can also help you build a rapport with your masons, not to mention they are likely to have expert knowledge on the cemeteries that are local to you.
Many cemeteries have their own set of rules and guidelines, so it can be extremely helpful to know that your memorial masons are clued up on the cemetery you are using and may already have a strong working relationship with them.
As Ursells serve the areas of Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, and Monmouthshire, it is cemeteries within these locations that we have the greatest knowledge and working relationships with.
The Relationship With Your Memorial Mason
The relationship and rapport that’s built with a memorial mason is often something that is incredibly important to people. Choosing the design and inscription of a memorial is a very emotional experience for many and can be a great challenge to get through.
Choosing stonemasons who have sincere empathy and a gentle and appropriate way in which they communicate with you can help you through this difficult time more than you may realise. It can help build trust and ensures the entire process is a very positive experience and one that you can take strength from going forward.
An experienced memorial mason will understand your situation, the grieving process that you have recently been through, and will be able to compassionately address and questions or concerns you may have throughout your memorial journey.
Recognised Memorial Stonemasonry Accreditation
Last, but most certainly not least, ensure that your memorial mason is recognised as a current member of a Trade Association – some examples include BRAMM (British Register of Accredited Memorial Masons) and NAMM (National Association of Memorial Masons).
Memorial masons may also differ with their guarantee’s and prices, so although you shouldn’t solely base your choice on these things, they should all be considered collectively when coming to a decision.
For reference, Ursells offer an unrivalled 30-year guarantee and price promise.
Are you looking for memorial masons in Herefordshire, Ross-on-Wye or Monmouthshire? If so, don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more about how we can help. We offer a wide range of monumental memorials, including headstones, cremation memorials, full kerb sets, memorial vases, and more. Call us on 01989 562530, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or complete our simple online contact form.