“The purpose of life is a life of purpose.” – Robert Byrne
Honor your loved ones by choosing the perfect funeral home for your needs. Often, the decision is made based on one of three factors: proximity to home, past experience with the funeral home, and recommendation from a trusted friend. But without proper research, you risk paying too much and limiting your choice of services and goods.
Funeral Home Director
You should feel at ease with the director at your chosen funeral home. Do you feel like he or she is committed to giving you the funeral you have asked for? Will he or she work with you to understand and execute your vision?
Flexibility and Compassion
Compassion is the foundation of a great funeral home. Your chosen funeral home should take the steps necessary to make you feel welcome and comfortable. They should be patient and accommodating of your requests. Do you want special music played during the service? Make sure the funeral home is willing to be flexible with you and can accommodate your requests with compassion and understanding.
Goods and Services
Once you’ve decided what you’re looking for, make sure you choose a funeral home that can provide what you’re looking for. If you’re planning a cremation, is it important for you to find a funeral home that operates its own crematory? If you’re planning a burial instead, is it important for you to find a funeral home that operates its own cemetery?
How far are you willing to drive for the funeral? It doesn’t always make the most sense to choose the funeral home closest to home; it could mean sacrificing on other priorities. Would having the funeral location near you reduce the accessibility for others to the service? Think also about the proximity to the burial site.
It’s important to look at both the total cost of all items and individual costs. Funeral homes are required to provide you with a General Price List (GPL) with itemization of all items and services provided, caskets included. Make sure to look for packages – oftentimes, this is a cheaper option than purchasing items individually.
Religious or Cultural Association
Is it important to you to work with a funeral home that’s religiously or culturally affiliated? Even if it’s not top priority, you might still want to consider if the funeral home has ever prepared a service according to your religious/cultural preferences and customs. Good funeral homes will have at least general knowledge of various traditions from different cultures.
What’s most important to YOU when choosing a funeral home? Did I miss anything critical?