Tips on Choosing a Funeral Director
Choosing a funeral director can be a difficult and stressful, particularly if the death of your loved one was unexpected or you have to make a quick decision. Here are a few tips to help you choose the right funeral director to assist you in time of bereavement.
1 – If possible ask for a recommendation from friends or relatives who have used a funeral director’s services or have heard positive comments about a firm. If this is not possible find out about the funeral directors in your area by reading about them in the local press or parish magazines.
2 – Always choose a funeral director that is a member of the National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD), as this is your guarantee of a quality service. Members of this trade association must abide by a Code of Practice, which ensures they treat their clients and the public fairly. They are also required to have price lists available showing the cost of the services they provide.
3 – Contact at least two funeral directors in your area to get an estimate for funeral costs so you can make comparisons because not all funeral directors charge the same prices. This will help to ensure that you get the best value possible for the funeral services you need.
4 – Many people assume that you can only contact a funeral director once you have registered a death. But this is not the case; you can contact the funeral director before then, perhaps while you are waiting for a post-mortem to be completed. The sooner a funeral director becomes involved in the process, the sooner they will be able to discuss your requirements and act on your behalf so the funeral will not be delayed unnecessarily once the death has been registered.