To choose a funeral home to assist you in the preparations of the service should not be difficult. You just need to determine what kind of funeral home can meet your needs. The choice should also be a family matter.
The funeral homes of your choice should be the kind that can address your needs: emotional, legalities, preparations, and other related services.
1. Ask for recommendations from friends and relatives
They might have had the opportunity to hire the services of a memorial home. Ask how they might rate the service. You may also have attended an interment service. You should be able to judge whether you liked how they handled the service. There are many memorial homes that have websites that you can check as well. From that avenue, judge whether you feel at ease with them then set a meeting. Do not feel as if you are supposed to hire the services of the first home you talk to. You are free to choose.
2. Years of experience
The memorial home should have long years of experience to know, by instinct, what the needs of the mourners are. But do not be averse to new memorial homes; consider the services that they offer as well. Track record should speak for them. What good is a very lengthy experience but very bad reviews? Consider both old and new homes.
3. The staff plays an important role in planning for the service
This also extends to carrying out a service with meaning. Do a quick evaluation of the staff when you meet with them. See if you feel at ease talking to them about your preferences. They should be able to offer different options to suit your ideas. If you have preferences regarding religious beliefs, they should also be able to address that. It is important that they also know how to talk to someone whose loved one had just died.
4. What are the services that they offer?
Do they offer different kinds of services? Can they give you background regarding things you do not understand?
5. Consider your budget
Do they have flexibility in adjusting their services versus your budget? Do they offer plans to make payments easy for you? Do they offer financial assistance? There are memorial homes that will readily make adjustments in their services to fit your set budget.
6. Legal documents
It is hard to be in mourning and at the same time making arrangements to procure documents such as the death certificate and all papers related to that. Look for the one who offers assistance regarding that.
Look for the one that is within a 4-mile radius. This should also be accessible to cars or by foot
8. Do an ocular inspection of the memorial home
Does it have the atmosphere that you want for the funeral? Do the surroundings make it viable for reflection and sharing of grief? Be sure that the location is far from distractions of noise or traffic of people.
9. Other related services like advice on benefits should also factor on your decision
They should be able to give advice on Social Security Benefits, Veteran’s Benefits, and even Estate Settlement. Search for the one that can also offer advice on these matters.
Choosing the right memorial home is important. The choice carries the promise of the most meaningful funeral service. They should be able to put across that they understand the importance of all rituals. The home should also convey their willingness to help the family go through their grieving process. They should be a place of comfort and a source of solace. And this is what it’s all about.