When the sad moment arrives in your life when you need to make funeral arrangements for your loved one, how do you find the best funeral service? There are three questions to ask a funeral director which will help you sort out which funeral home to choose.
The first is to ask him what services he provides. These may include the completion of any paperwork necessary, and contacting the doctor, the florist and newspapers if you wish to publish details of the person’s death and funeral arrangements. The funeral director may also obtain the death certificate and will contact any friends and relatives you may wish to notify of the death. He may also contact any clergy to co ordinate the details of the funeral service or memorial service. Information about any local support groups which may be of help at this time may also be supplied by the funeral director.
You should use the funeral director’s expertise in taking care of the body. You should ask him what options there are for interment. These include earth burial, which will require a burial plot and probably a headstone. Above ground burial is also a possibility. This will require purchasing a crypt within a mausoleum. Cremation is another way the deceased may have chosen for his body to be dealt with. The ashes will be placed in an urn and then afterwards disposed of in a way that has been chosen by the deceased. The ashes may be scattered in a designated part of the cemetery or taken away and placed in the ocean or another favourite place of the deceased.
The deceased person may have chosen to gift his organs and tissues, but this need not interfere with the preparation of the body for funeral services. The funeral director will be able to guide you through this process.
Second, it is important to find out what sort of fees will be asked for a funeral service. Details of the cost and the services which this will cover should be provided by the funeral director over the phone. There should be no hidden costs, and the costs of all services must be clearly explained. The costs should then be supplied in detail in writing. The funeral director will be able to offer payment plans and can suggest financial assistance options. If you are unaware of which funeral home to approach, funeral organizations can offer you suggestions.
The last question to ask is, why you should use the services of this particular funeral home. When deciding which to choose, it is important to make the assessment based on the experience of the staff and the availability of support staff. Inquire whether ongoing training for professional development is provided for the staff at the funeral home.
This is a stressful time for anyone to go through, and the help of qualified and experienced staff at a caring funeral service home is a necessity. With the right support, many of the decisions can be made more easily, and the knowledge and expertise of the funeral director can make this sad time at least bearable.