Any good funeral director will ensure that the whole ceremony runs smoothly and helps the family think through the implications of their choices for the event. Not surprisingly many people have not actually arranged a funeral, so it can be useful to have some expert and thoughtful guidance to help you through the whole emotional process. This support and guidance can be very comforting at a difficult and emotional time.
What A Funeral Director Will Do
- take the body from the hospital or place of death, and look after it up to the day of the funeral
- dress and prepare the body
- arrange and plan the ceremony
- if needed supply coffin bearers
- deal with the paperwork to legally allow the cremation or burial to go ahead
How To Choose A Funeral Director
You should obviously choose one that you feel at ease with, and preferably who has been recommended to you. This is understandably a difficult time for you and your family, but it is worth contacting at least two companies so you can compare the service they offer and the costs. Given the circumstances, it is often easier to do over the phone.
When searching for a funeral director you should ask family, friends or local church leaders for recommendations. If your loved one was in a care home, it may have a list of funeral directors that it has had good experiences of in the past.
Funeral Directors Associations:
the National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD), or
the National Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors (SAIF).
The above have codes of practice that their members should follow. In the unlikely event of wanting to make a complaint, the associations will also support you through the process. Some local authority trading standards have Buy with Confidence schemes, which funeral directors can join, showing their commitment to high standards.
Questions You Should Ask A Funeral Director
What is the simplest service you provide?
What other services can you provide?
What is the actual price, with a comprehensive breakdown of costs including funeral director fees and disbursements?
And are there any third-party costs?
Can we select from your choice of services and just pay for those?
Can we buy a coffin from somewhere else?
Can we provide our own transport or must use yours?
Do we have to pay a deposit?
When do we pay the bill?
Do you offer funeral plans?
What are the timings for the funeral?
You may have something in mind that the funeral director hasn’t done before. They should be willing to discuss what you want and how they can make it happen for you as this is your day to pay your respects.
It is also very important to remember that the person who signs the paperwork at the funeral directors is responsible for paying for the said funeral, so it is wise to think about how you are going to fund the funeral prior to signing the contract.
Funeral Directors Cwmbran
V A Peterson Funeral Service Ltd are experienced Funeral Directors in Cwmbran offering professional and caring funeral services that are tailored to reflect your personal wishes. We are local funeral directors with our company history dating back to the 1920s. As a result, we have gained a local reputation for being trusted and professional undertakers that provide a wide range of affordable funeral services and prepaid funeral plans.