House Clearance Help & Advice: Choosing a funeral director
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Choosing a funeral director can be hard particularly if you feel as though
you are being rushed to get the funeral planned as soon as possible. When
choosing a funeral director there are two basic choices, the type of funeral
that you require and how much you can afford to pay for the funeral.
Think about the type of funeral that you require
Deciding on the type of funeral for your needs is the first thing you
have to take into consideration. As bad as it might sound purchasing a
funeral is no different from anything else and you should shop around
for the best price when you have determined what you want for the funeral.
Prices and costs do vary from funeral director to funeral director so
it essential that you ask for quotes.
When you ask for quotes make sure you get them in writing and ask for
a breakdown of all the charges involved. As with anything you will usually
be presented with the most expensive options of everything, so feel free
to ask about other alternatives.
For example if you plan on having a cremation then the most expensive
coffin might not be the most suitable option. You will also have to give
some thought about what you wish the deceased to be buried in, perhaps
their favourite clothing, and also what you wish to go into the coffin
with your loved one, if anything.
Other factors to consider
There are many other factors to consider such as do you wish the funeral
parlour to bring your loved one from the hospital then prepare them and
bring them to your home for a viewing or do you want a viewing at the
funeral parlour? If you wish a viewing at the funeral parlour and need
to make any special visiting arrangements then most will be more than
helpful when it comes to meeting your wishes.
Tips for choosing the funeral director
While there arent any special requirements such as training or qualifications
needed there are some guidelines which you can follow when it comes to
choosing a funeral director. Here are some tips to help make sure you
choose a reliable one.
The funeral director should belong to a group known as the British Institute
of funeral directors, this means that they have agreed to abide by strict
rules and have a code of conduct. Companies should be in the National
Association of funeral directors or the Society of Allied and Independent
The costs of the funeral
When making the arrangements with the funeral director you should make
sure that everything is to your satisfaction in the arrangements. If you
arent sure about something then ask outright, if you need the funeral
director to go over something then he should be only too happy to do so.
Once you have all the arrangements finalised then go over the bill to
make sure its right, if you are not happy with anything then speak out.
Make sure everything is clearly itemised and if there are discrepancies
make sure to ask about them to your satisfaction.
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