When someone you love dies, it’s a very difficult time emotionally. You will often be responsible for planning their funeral. During this time, you will need to rely on a funeral home to help you take care of the service. However, with so many different options available, it can be difficult to know which funeral home to choose from. Let’s look at some of the factors that you should consider when making this important decision.
First, you should consider the area in which you want the funeral to take place. Once you’ve narrowed it down to a city, make a list of all the possible funeral homes in the area. Then, you can contact each of them on the phone. Depending on how many there are, consider asking a family member to help you out. Eliminate any homes from the list that you don’t feel are acceptable. Then, you might want to visit the homes. During this trip consider how clean they are and what the décor is like. Also, consider what the attitude of the staff members is. In addition, ask about the facilities that they offer. For example, if your loved one wanted to be cremated, you need to ensure that they have a crematorium. You should also ensure that they offer a service that will suit your religion. This will help you make an informed decision.
During this visit, you should try to meet with the funeral director. This will allow you to get an understanding of the kinds of services that the funeral home offers. You should also ask for a price list. In many states, they are legally obligated to provide this, if you request it. Sadly, funerals can be very expensive. This will allow you to take into account how much each home will cost to deliver the service. While funeral homes might offer some services as a package, you have the right to purchase each of them individually. During this visit, you should avoid getting pressured into signing any documents.
After you’ve gone through this process you should have some great funeral home options to choose from. There are a few ways you can choose between these options. First, you can look at the reputation of the business. You might also want to look at the technology that they use. Some funeral homes will allow you to plan the funeral online, this might be more convenient to some people. Finally, you might want to consider the post-funeral support that they offer. Many funeral homes can connect you with grief counseling groups. They might also have newsletters to help you through the grieving process.
With so many funeral home options to choose from it can be overwhelming to know which one you should pick for the service. We discussed some of the ways you can distinguish between the funeral homes. Hopefully, you will be able to use this information to select the best place for your loved one’s funeral.
Beside Stillwaters is a local funeral home located in Oklahoma City. We specialize in funeral planning, cremation and assist with pre-need services. As Oklahoma City’s most decorated funeral home, we service all of our families with pride and dignity.