Guide to choosing a funeral home (2024)

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If you're planninga funeral for a loved one, then you'll want everythingto be just right. You'll need a caring, compassionate and professional Funeral Director who'll listen to your wishes and support you every step of the way.

Choose the funeral arrangements Sometimes, loved ones may leave their particular funeral wishes in advance. But in many cases they don't. Don't worry, an experienced funeral director will be able to help you with all the arrangements Show more Listen to recommendations You may have family or friends who have been through a similar experience and previously organised a funeral. It's always worth asking them about which funeral home and director they would recommend. Show more Decide a budget with your family When making arrangements for your loved one’s funeral, there are a number of things which will determine the overall cost. Funeral costs vary depending on where you live and the requirements for the funeral, so please keep this in mind during your time of need. Show more

A funeral home should be able to offer you advice and guidance on every part of your funeral arrangements.

Ashes and cremation Learn more Funeral rites and customs Learn more How to register a death Learn more Information about a coroner Learn more What to wear to a funeral Learn more Non-religious funerals Learn more How to personalise the service Learn more Options for coffins and caskets Learn more

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Here are few helpful pointers to make sure you choose the right funeral home.

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Don't be afraid to ask to see a breakdown of all costs

Ask if there are any additional costs like doctor's fees and other 3rd party fees that make up the cost of the funeral.

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Choose a funeral home that'll help and support you

One that will advise and support you through every step of the process and personalise the ceremony how you want to best commemorate your loved one.

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Check if they have an industry recognised qualification or recognition

Are they a member of recognised bodies such as the National Association of Funeral Directors? If so, you can be confident that they strive to set the highest possible standards for funeral services.

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Step 1: Choose the funeral arrangements

Your loved one may have discussed with you just how they want their funeral to be.However, don't worry if your loved one didn't leave any specific wishes or instructions. A good Funeral Director will help take away the stress of planning a funeral, making sure your loved one's send-off is a personal and unique celebration of their life.

One of the first things to decide is whether you want a cremation or burial. This can be a difficult decision, so please reach out for further information if you need to.

Next, choose which type of funeral service you would like. One that matches your loved one's personality and best commemorates their life can often be a good way of selecting, be it a traditional or more contemporary service.

Consider the special touches you may want to add to the funeral service. Flowers, music, poetry, vehicles. It's these little details that can make all the difference.

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Step 2: Listen to recommendations

It may be a good idea to sit down with your family and discuss which Funeral Director you feel will be able to best fulfil you and your loved one's wishes. Look at their reviews - what do other people who have used their services say about them?

Things to consider might include them giving you as much time as is necessary to discuss your needs with someone always available on the phone 24 hours a day. Additionally, personal, face to face contact to discuss your individual requirements and take instructions either at their premises or your home.

They should liaise with third parties on your behalf whilst booking and managing the timings of all aspects of the funeral service; including venues, transport and required personnel – to a time and day that suits you

Step 3: Decide a budget with your family

Have a chat with you family about what how much you wish to spend on the funeral. It can be a huge relief knowing that all your relatives are agreed on an amount for funeral costs and came negate the potential for future disagreements which can arise.

It's also a good idea to look at a breakdown of funeral costs. Once you know what elements you want in the funeral, your Funeral Director should be able to provide a breakdown of costs.

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These guides will explain how to choose a funeral director that will arrange a fitting funeral for your loved one, ensuring all of the arrangements run smoothly and a dignified service is delivered.

What does a Funeral Director do? An overview of the role of a Funeral Director when arranging a funeral Read more Questions to ask a Funeral Director Ask the following questions to ensure you receive a high quality service which is best for you and your loved one Read more Guide to choosing a funeral home Our guide highlights the key things to look for when comparing funeral homes. Read more Search for your local Funeral Director We have experienced and caring funeral directors across the UK, all taking the greatest care of the families they serve Learn more

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