Selecting a Funeral Home – 3 Important Tips

By: Anderson Funeral Home
Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Selecting a Funeral Home – 3 Important Tips

A death in a family causes a great deal of emotional turmoil, and the last thing those left grieving want to do is find a funeral home.  However, it is a necessary task that needs to be addressed.

If you have warning that a death may be imminent and you find yourself facing this difficult task, it is best to make preparations and do your research ahead of time to avoid emotional decisions when the time comes.  This article will give you 3 important tips on selecting a funeral home.

Know your rights ahead of time

Planning a funeral is an emotional time, and the government has taken steps to protect grieving families.  As a result, there are many regulations on the funeral industry.  Before you begin contacting funeral homes, know your rights.  Here are a few that may be immediately important to you.

  • Funeral homes should furnish a written, itemized list of services and prices and they must give these prices over the phone if you ask.
  • You are not required to purchase everything from the home that is handling the funeral.
  • A casket is not required for cremation.
  • Family, religious organizations and veteran organizations may have alternative options to the traditional funeral service.

Comparison Shop

It is not in poor taste to shop around.  Use the Internet to get a feel for the funeral homes that you may be interested in and look at the services offered. Visiting the local facilities can give you an indication of the ambiance for your gathering, and helpfulness of the staff should also be considered. Don’t select a funeral home based on price only; the quality of service and compassionate care of the staff are factors to also consider.

Discuss the funeral with family

Everyone may have a different view of what a funeral should be and it is best to have a family meeting to get a generalized idea of what others involved may be expecting.  Discuss what type of funeral your loved one may have talked about or even made preparations for.  A funeral can range any where from the very simple to elaborate and costly.

The death of a loved one is difficult enough.  Avoid emotional decisions that may be costly, both emotionally and financially, by planning ahead and knowing your rights when selecting a funeral home.

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