Making final arrangements for yourself or a loved one is difficult enough if you already have a funeral home in mind.
If you don’t, this can become an even harder task.
Follow our five tips below to find a funeral home near you.
#1) Decide on a Budget
Making funeral arrangements for yourself or a loved one should be like making any other big purchase – you have a budget in mind prior to shopping.
Since you don’t want to be scrambling to find a certain amount based on what the funeral home tells you, spend some time reviewing your finances (or your loved one’s). Decide on an amount that’s affordable (without causing any hardship to the remaining family members) before visiting any funeral homes.
#2) Consider What Criteria You Want in a Funeral Home
Funeral homes vary widely in goods and services, fees, amenities and more.
Ensure you choose a funeral home that will understand your needs. If a “green” funeral is imperative, check that the funeral home you’re considering offers this service. The same goes for religious and/or cultural preferences.
#3) Ask Family and Friends for Referrals
Oftentimes, the best products and services in life are those referred by others. Choosing a funeral home is no different.
Learning about the experience of a trusted family member or friend had at a funeral home can help you narrow down your options. These are the people who know you the best, so they will be able to identify if the funeral home they used would be best for your needs.
Online reviews are another helpful resource.
#4) Meet with the Funeral Director
The Funeral Director plays a large part in making you feel comfortable throughout the funeral planning process.
Learning about their personal and professional reputation (and how long they’ve been serving their community) can provide a lot of information prior to your first visit.
Funeral Directors should be compassionate, courteous, friendly and well-informed. It’s common to have many questions throughout the process, so choose someone who will be approachable and patient with you.
In a matter of moments at your first meeting, you’ll be able to see if he/she understands your vision and is committed to making it a reality. If you don’t feel comfortable, it’s okay to move on to another funeral home.
#5) Visit Several Funeral Homes
Make appointments with more than one funeral home and ask them all the same set of questions.
It’s always a good idea to bring a trusted family member or friend. A lot of information is discussed at the initial meeting, so having a second set of ears to listen is always a great idea.
Plus, that trusted person can help you make your final decision since they’ve heard all the same information that you have.
Putting it All Together
Yes, making final arrangements for yourself or a loved one will be a difficult task. But if you choose a funeral home that best meets your needs, the process does become easier.
Based in Dundas, Ontario, Circle of Life Cremation and Burial Centre Inc. has years of experience providing clients with memorable remembrance experiences. Whether you need to plan a funeral, cremation or other final arrangement, our caring and professional staff can help. Contact us today to arrange a free consultation.