Depending on whether or not your loved one put together a funeral plan before their passing, you may be in the position of needing to find a funeral home. This task is usually done right after the passing and can be time-sensitive. If you are are in this situation right now we will help you navigate this difficult situation.
Was There any Pre-planning?
The first question is whether or not your loved one made any pre-arrangments or had a funeral plan. If they did then they have made the decision and you simply need to contact that funeral home’s director to start the process of planning the funeral and memorial services. You don’t need to read this article anymore if that is the case.
If your loved one did not have a funeral plan in place, then you will have to use your best judgment in choosing a funeral home for them. For more information on planning a funeral and what needs to be done and accomplished review our Comprehensive Funeral Planning Checklist.
What Characteristics are Important?
There are a number of characteristics that may be important to your loved one and your family when choosing a funeral home. Some funeral homes specialize for certain religions or races, for example. You may want to find a funeral home in a certain location or that specializes in doing more traditional or untraditional types of events. Use the “Additional filters” button on our funeral home search to narrow your search to specific funeral homes.
Take Pricing in Consideration
A funeral home, by law, must give you a general price list and be able to quote you a line item pricing estimate of a funeral. You can use the Obitia funeral home search to see estimated service prices and get an estimate of different funeral costs. You can then use that to compare to the average funeral price in your state to see if it is cheaper or more expensive than average funeral goods and services. You can also compare the state average funeral pricing to the funeral home’s website, many will post their general price lists and any funeral service packages available.
If you create an account on Obitia, you will have access to Google and Obitia reviews for funeral homes. These can be enlightening. However, you can save a lot of fo time by reading the reviews before contacting a funeral home director.
Review Pictures Online
If you are having the reception of a viewing at the funeral home then the facilities themselves should suit your expectations and wishes for either event. The majority of funeral homes will have pictures of their facilities available on their websites making this preliminary step easier.
Contact the Funeral Director
You should contact the funeral director before deciding. There are a number of questions you should ask each funeral director you speak with. You should also contact more than one if you can, the personality and way the staff carries themselves with new clients will make the process easier for you and the funeral itself better. The arrangement conference will give you a good opportunity to see how the staff and funeral director interact with yourself and family members and will be the best time to determine whether you will want to move forward with hiring them.
Determine If There is a Crematorium On-site
If your loved one is to be cremated you should ask how that process works. You may not want your loved one transported after they have arrived at the funeral home. If they are to be cremated, then the funeral home should have a crematorium on-site for this part of the process.
Planning and making funeral arrangements can be incredibly difficult. Not only is it a major event, but you will likely be planning while grieving and under time restraints. Funeral directors and their staff know this and will have dealt with your situation many times before. If you follow the advice above you will find a helpful and friendly staff that will take some of the burdens off your shoulders and help you during this difficult time to plan a funeral that will honor and celebrate the life of your loved one.