Selecting a funeral home is a challenging decision. Grieving families often don’t know where to start when choosing a funeral home, and thinking about the funeral, or feeling guilty about costs adds stress during an already emotional time. Consider these factors when you begin the funeral home selection process:
Check to See Whether Arrangements Have Already Been Made
More and more people are making their own funeral arrangements prior to death. Pre-planning gives the individual control over key decisions, such as the question of burial or cremation, selecting a casket, choosing a burial plot or mausoleum, and deciding how and where to hold the service. Pre-planning also enables an individual to pre-pay or lock in lower rates at the time of planning. Before selecting a funeral home, family members or next of kin should check with their loved one’s estate planner, or in the loved one’s files, to see whether arrangements have already been made.
Top Four Factors in Selecting a Funeral Home
When selecting a funeral home, families should consider:
- Look for Someone Who is Caring and Compassionate: Funeral home providers should be caring, and should help the family navigate the emotionally fraught funeral process with dignity and compassion.
- Facilities: Families should look for funeral homes that provide the facilities, services, or amenities they’ll want for their service.
- Caskets: While you don’t have to buy a casket directly from the funeral home, many families choose to do so for convenience and ease.
- Price: Many families are budget-constrained, so price is a factor – but it shouldn’t be the deciding factor.
What are the details you should be thinking about when you’re selecting a funeral home? Working with the right provider eases the funeral planning process, and helps mitigate stress in an emotionally difficult time.