Choosing the right funeral director to help you arrange a funeral
Coping with the death of a loved one is without doubt one of the most upsetting and stressful experiences any of us will ever have to go through. There will be many practical arrangements and responsibilities to deal with and one of these will be to find a good funeral director. So, when choosing the best funeral director, what should you be looking out for?
Lets take a look at role of a good Funeral Director
A good Funeral Director is there to ensure that the whole process of arranging and holding the funeral, runs smoothly. They will discuss with the family all the choices that they have and offer their expert knowledge, in a compassionate and caring way, to help guide the bereaved through this difficult time. Many families often find this approach very comforting.
The key services a good Funeral Director will offer are:
- Removal and care of the deceased until the day of the funeral
- To dress the deceased
- Offer expert advice on planning the funeral ceremony
- Supply coffin bearers
- Take care of all paperwork pertaining to the legalities of the cremation or burial
- Managing all funeral arrangements up to and including the funeral ceremony ensuring everything runs smoothly
In addition to key services the best Funeral Directors should also offer help and advise with:
- Creating a funeral checklist
- The choice of coffin or casket
- Dealing with funeral costs and budgeting
- Dressing the deceased
- Arranging the minister
- Funeral venue
- Funeral transport
- Writing and placing an obituary
- Alternatives to religious funerals
- Newspaper obituary
- The choice of music or poetry for the service
- Organising funeral flowers or funeral donations
- Preparing a eulogy
- Funeral hymns
- Order of Service stationery
Choosing a Funeral Director
One of the most important steps to take when you wondering how to find a good funeral director will be to check whether they are a member of the National Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors (SAIF) By choosing a SAIF member, bereaved families can be assured of a compassionate, professional approach, under pinned by the SAIF industry leading Code of Practice. The reassurance and experience of an established and trusted local funeral director can be a great comfort to a bereaved family and the SAIF are committed to ensuring the funeral profession maintains the highest of standards, with members subject to a Quality Assurance Assessment and inspection every two years.
You can view the local funeral directors SAIF code of conduct here
Additionally there are things you can do when wondering how to find a good Funeral Director:
Take your time
Unless you have religious reasons for doing otherwise, take your time. A funeral director can be called to collect the deceased from home or from a nursing home, but you can have them transferred to another funeral director for a nominal charge before any paperwork is signed. If the deceased passed away in hospital they will have a mortuary, which will give you more time to choose a good funeral director.
Ask for help
There’s a good chance you’ve never planned a funeral before and making important decisions like how to find a good funeral director can be hard when you are feeling so upset. Talk to your friends and family, people often want to feel useful at these times, they may know of a good funeral director that they can recommend – let them help.
Know your options
A good funeral director will talk you through all the options and give you expert, honest advise in relation to all aspects of funeral arrangements, from registering the death to recommending funeral caterers and everything else besides.
Read the customer reviews
Most good Funeral Directors will have a Customer Funeral Director Reviews page on their website. We would recommend that you take just 5 minutes to have a look and find out what other people are saying about them.
Know and stick to your budget
Your budget will determine the funeral you choose. Because you want to give your loved one the goodbye they deserve it can be easy to overspend. Remember that ultimately, a good send off is determined by what you say and do, not what you spend. If you have a budget to adhere to a good Funeral Director will help you to work within that budget whilst still giving your loved one the send off that they deserve.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions
A good funeral director should be happy to answer any questions you may have to help put your mind at rest, for example:
- Where will my loved one be kept before the funeral?
- Can I see my loved one at short notice, or many times before the funeral?
- Will I be dealing with the same person up until the day of the funeral?
- Will you be able to talk me through costs and give me a quote with my budget?
- What types of transport do you offer?
- Can you offer a choice of coffins?
- What crematoria, cemeteries or natural burial sites are in the area where the funeral could be held?
- Can you organise funeral donations?
A good funeral Director should also be prepared to visit you in the comfort of your own home, where you will feel more at ease, if they are not prepared to do this then you should look elsewhere.
If you still wondering how to find a good funeral director:
A lot of people will find funeral director recommendations from family, friends or local faith leaders to be very helpful. If your relative or friend was in a care home, they may well have a list of funeral directors that they’ve had good experiences of in the past, but however you arrive at the decision, ultimately you need to make a choice that you are comfortable with.
Bennetts Funeral Directors is your local funeral director and undertaker with offices at Brentwood and Billericay serving all of Essex in arranging and planning funerals. A family undertaker business that has served the local community with respect and sensitivity for over a 100 years, we can accommodate your funeral wishes in all types of funerals and offer a full free funeral advisory service given to traditional, woodland burial and cremations or any other if required. We are proud of the service we offer our bereaved families and our Customer Funeral Director Reviews validate this. We are always happy visit you in the comfort of you home to discuss funeral arrangements, so if you need a friendly voice to help you through a difficult time, and guide you through the process of making funeral arrangements then make Bennetts your first call… we are here to help.
Contact our Brentwood office on 01277 210104 or our Billericay office on 01277 627492
I would like to thank Bennetts for the arrangements of my husband's funeral. It was a very sad day, but thanks to you it was more bearable and it couldn't have gone any better. From the moment I had to call you till the end of the funeral, everyone was so friendly, helpful, caring, sensitive... I would like to say an extra thank you to Lu from the Billericay office and to Chris. The way they connect with people is very special.