Maybe you have a loved one that is sadly going to pass away. Or perhaps you have decided to start looking for a funeral home before you need it yourself to spare your family the emotional ordeal of handling it when the evitable time comes around. If you have been tasked with choosing a funeral home in the past, you will be surprised to read that it might not have been the best choice. Without doing your proper research and comparing price and services, you can’t really tell whether a funeral home’s fees are actually reasonable or not. So, why not use this short but insightful guide to help you choose a local funeral home in your area.
Decide on How Much Budget You Have
Have you sat down with your close family and friends and decided on a budget for paying for the funeral home? You need to think about choosing a funeral home as going about a weekly shop or setting out your monthly budget. You need to know what you can afford. With this being said, it’s essential not to make the same mistake that the majority of people do, and that’s accepting a funeral home’s pricing and then struggling to find the money to pay for it.
Compile a List of Funeral Homes and Their Pricing
This part is all about research, research and more research. When looking around, you might actually find that there are big fluctuations in the pricing for the same funeral arrangement that you have in mind. And, then once you have a list in place, then you can start contacting all of them with your requirements and begin visiting them.
Visit As Many Funeral Homes As You Can
Make an appointment at as many of the funeral homes on your list as possible. And, when you are visiting the funeral home, make sure you take a list of questions with you that you can ask them. You may also like to see their range of different coffins, meet all of their staff and ask about their billing policy.
Ask for a Few Quotes
Now the time has come to ask for some quotes from the funeral homes. This means being very specific about your requirements, and you should ask for an itemised statement of what’s included. However, at this point, it is important, and you should not sign anything. Take a copy of each itemised statement and then discuss it with your family members and close friends.
Narrow Down Your Choices
After you have visited your list of funeral homes, you should then narrow it down to a select few. And, then do some further research. At this point it worth ask some close family member and friends if they have had any first-hand experiences with the funeral homes. You should also do some online searches to see if the funeral homes have any reviews or testimonials about them. This will help you form a bias and contribute to your final decision. Once you have down this, narrow down your list even further to just two or three funeral homes.
Make Your Final Decision
When you have evaluated all the information and itemised statement with a fine comb, choose one that you like the most. You should then contact the funeral home and then fill out their pre-need planning forms and pay a deposit if they require one. But, remember what we said earlier in this article, never pay more than what you and family can afford.
Put Your Final Wishes in Writing If The Funeral is For You
If you have gone through this process and the funeral is for you, then you need to tell your family and friends about it if you haven’t yet already. Write down your instructions in detail and state which funeral home you have chosen. One written you should give copies of these instructions to multiple members of your family and friends. Never put your funeral home plans in your will or in a place where they might not be found until it’s too late or after your service has taken place.
Updated: May 31, 2019