When you lose a loved one, it can be very painful and difficult to cope with. However, it’s your responsibility to give them a good send off and ensure their spirit rests in peace.
Finding a funeral home that is caring, knowledgeable, professional, and who will listen and meet your needs, is vital to you and your family.
A good funeral home or cremation provider will give much-needed support during this difficult time and help you plan for a service that honors the person’s life and legacy
Unfortunately finding such kind of a funeral home isn’t easy and some are so expensive that they will leave with huge debts. However, with the following tips, you can find a funeral home that suits you and your budget.
1. Consult with your family
Before looking for a funeral home, talk with your family and decide on an appropriate budget that’s affordable for you. Shopping for a funeral home need to be like shopping any other item on the market. So know what you can afford to spend.
Ask your family if they have preferences about the type of arrangement and whether the deceased left any written instructions.
2. Choose the type of arrangement
After deciding on the budget, choose the type of final arrangement. There are several final arrangements that are available. Some of these include donating the body to a medical school or research facility, direct cremation, or direct burial where there’s no embalming or visitation
Whatever you decide, note it down in detail as it will help you determine the best, and most affordable funeral home or cremation provider for your needs.
3. Get a list of providers and compare prices
First, find out the average cost of funeral home services in your area to give you a baseline cost for comparison. Then find several funeral homes in your area and check their prices. You may get them from your friends or family or even online. You can call them to ask for prices and to help you narrow down the list to about three.
4. Visit the funeral homes
Book appointments to visit the funeral homes if possible. You can prepare a list of questions to ask and bring a friend or family member for emotional support and advice. Ask the funeral home director about their services, packages in each price range and their pricing of services. Note how he or she answers your questions. If he or she tries to evade some questions, then they cannot be trusted. Check the facility of it’s clean and listen to your gut. Also, ask about written quotes so that you can compare with others.
5. Make a decision
When you’ve thoroughly …