The death of a loved one often requires you to hire the skills of a professional so that the final wishes of your loved one are respected and that the funeral goes without a hitch. That is why it is important to exercise good judgment when hiring a funeral director. This article discusses three things you need to know before you hire a funeral director.
Alternative Ways to Dispose of the Body
Find out what options a funeral director has for disposing of your loved one's body before you hire him or her. If that funeral director is versatile, he or she will give you options like burying your loved one in a mausoleum (above ground), donating the remains to a local medical school as well as the more traditional options of cremation or burying the person in a grave. This information will help you to decide the best way of dealing with the remains of your loved one, especially if he or she did not specify how they should be laid to rest.
Some funeral directors operate one-stop centers for all funeral-related goods and services so a client does not have to buy or contract anyone outside the funeral home for services like transport for family and friends, flowers, and a hearse.
In case he or she outsources some of those services, find out at what cost those services are provided to you. This information will enable you to decide whether you should get a one-stop funeral home or the added cost of getting services from outside the funeral home is bearable so there is no need to look elsewhere.
The Ownership Status of the Funeral Home
If you are particular about sourcing for locally available services, find out who owns the funeral home before you hire that funeral director you are interviewing. This is because many family-owned funeral homes have been taken over by large funeral companies that are international. Don't assume that the funeral home is local because it has been around for 'ages'; ask funeral directors from resources like Lee Adam Funeral Services and then make an informed decision regarding whether you should go ahead and hire him or her, or not.
Once you have received satisfactory answers to the three issues above, proceed to the price list of that funeral home so that you select the specific goods and services that you would like as you bid farewell to your departed loved one.
Funerals can bring forth such a range of emotions: melancholy, grief, regret, relief and nostalgia. As an assistant at a funeral parlour, I am privileged to help people with organising their loved one’s final journey. I have learnt that a good funeral parlour can make the occasion truly commemorative. When I attend funerals for friends, I am saddened to see that so many ceremonies are traditional and joyless. I later find out that the family members simply weren’t aware of options such as a graveside memorial service. I love the fact that one of my tasks involves showing family members various venues and demonstrating what can be done. In this humble little blog, I hope to make it my mission to share some of the ideas – big and small – from the best funerals I have seen. Perhaps it will give you some inspiration at a difficult time. Bless.