When a loved one passes away it can and will be a hard experience for everyone involved. The experience can be even more stressful if you’re the one in charge of planning the funeral. Luckily there is an entire industry dedicated to planning and carrying out a funeral. Before deciding to go through a funeral home first make sure that that is what you actually want to do. In most states in the US you are not legally required to use a funeral home to plan a funeral and may do so yourself if you’d like. If you do decide that you want to have a funeral home plan the funeral there are a few things that you can do to decide which one is right for you.
In every industry there are companies that will unfortunately try and take advantage of consumers by squeezing every dollar possible from them. This industry is no different than any other in that sense. I’m not telling you to become jaded and expect that everyone in this industry is out to get you but be sure that nobody tries to pressure you into buying a package you are not comfortable with and if they do, then I suggest you select a different funeral home.
By law funeral providers must provide you a list of prices called a general price list. Make sure before agreeing to purchase anything that you know the price beforehand. If you’d like to do your initial price comparisons over the phone rather than in person that is an option as well. Many funeral homes offer package deals that can include many different services and most of the time you can save money by choosing a package deal.
Now that we have the money aspect out of the way there are a few other things to take into consideration. First and foremost you want to be sure that the funeral director is someone that you are comfortable with. They need to be compassionate, helpful, and willing to answer any and every question that you may have for them. Once again I’ll reiterate that you should make sure that at no point you feel pressured into making a decision you are not comfortable with. Other questions that you need to take into account are:
- Do you want the funeral home to have a specific religious or cultural affiliation?
- Do you need a funeral home with a private holding room?
- How many people can the facility hold?
- Is the funeral home set up to accommodate handicapped or elderly individuals?
- Do you want a funeral home that operates its own crematory?
- Do you want a funeral home that operates its own cemetery?
Once you’ve answered those questions it should make your search for the perfect funeral home that much easier. When a loved one dies it is more often than not a very stressful experience but finding the right funeral home with the right director will take a lot of weight off of your shoulders.