How To Choose A Good Funeral Home

Most people don’t really stop to consider funeral homes until they need one. Some have never even set foot inside such a business. However, when someone close to you dies and you’re charged with making all of the final arrangements, the local funeral director offers some essential services.

What a funeral home does

Funeral home services include picking up the person who died and preparing their body for burial or cremation. They also can handle essential paperwork like submitting an obituary to the local paper, requesting a death certificate and applying for Social Service or Veterans benefits. They are usually available to host a viewing for friends and family and/or a funeral service. Funeral homes also coordinate with the church and/or cemetery, so that all of the arrangements go smoothly. A good funeral home is a one-stop funeral planning center. That’s why it’s essential to find a good, trustworthy business and a funeral director that you feel comfortable working with.

What to look for in a funeral home

1. Reputation. Although it’s tempting to pick the funeral home closest to your home, a funeral business’ reputation should trump convenience. While you want the location to be easily accessible to your family and friends if you are having a viewing or funeral service there, you don’t necessarily have to pick the closest one. If you are opting for direct cremation and/or a single church service, the location of the home should be less of a concern.

2. Services. Contrary to popular belief, not all funeral homes offer all funeral-related services. For instance, some homes handle cremations; others do not.

3. Ambiance and personality. If you’re having a viewing or services at the funeral home, you’ll likely want a location that fits in with your personality and that of the deceased. If your taste is modern, you’ll likely not want a service in a formal Victorian home with antiques and flocked wallpaper. In addition, as you’ll be working closely with the funeral director during a stressful time, you’ll want to choose someone with whom you feel at ease.

4. Cost. As with any business decision, cost should be a consideration. Depending on the services you need, the cost can vary widely. It’s always wise to compare costs before making a final decision.

Choosing the funeral home that’s right for you and your family is an important decision. Choose wisely by taking the time to consider location, reputation, the range of services offered and the home’s personality.  

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Author: Kim Wilkerson

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