Funeral directors are there to help you during what is likely an incredibly difficult time. Things might feel overwhelming or confusing at the moment, which is why it’s important that you ask the right questions up front to ensure that the funeral and ceremony will be as stress-free as possible. You want to spend this time remembering your loved one, not worrying about things like transportation or seating.
What is your team’s experience?
Look for a funeral parlour that has years of experience in this line of work. You want to make sure that you are relying with someone who knows how to take care of all of the logistics that you may not be familiar with, and who can expertly handle any of the various issues that could arise during the funeral service or ceremony.
Who will be there during the funeral?
During the funeral arrangements you will be working very closely with the funeral director—families who have chosen prepaid funerals may already have a long existing relationship. It’s important to know that you are working with the same individuals who will be present during the day of the ceremony, and who is familiar with the wishes of the deceased. Make sure that the team who helps you with all of the preparations is the same team that will be managing the actual service.
How can this day be as easy as possible?
Funeral directors will help you manage all of the logistics of the day. They can be as hands-on or as hands-off as you would like. Talk to them about how the transportation of the remains will be handled, as well as the production of the headstone to ensure that it matches your wishes. If you’d like, make sure that the funeral parlour will be able to handle all of details of the service and oversee the order of events of the ceremony.
What are the costs associated?
It may feel inappropriate or uncomfortable to talk about money during a time like this, but it is very important and you’ll want to make sure that you have a good understanding of everything that you are paying for before the bill comes. Ask the funeral director to send you an itemized list of costs, and take the time to talk you through each expense. You will want to work with a funeral parlour that is open and transparent about costs so that there are no surprises at the end of the day.
Can the ceremony be personalized?
Perhaps you would like to have friends and family of the deceased carry the coffin, or have a specific time where individuals can speak and lay flowers on the headstone. Talk to the funeral director about the different ways that this event can be made as personalized as possible, so that friends and family can honour the one who has been lost. Good funeral parlours will have many tasteful and respectful ideas to make this ceremony as special as the person whose life it is celebrating.
You can trust Hey Funerals
If you are looking to arrange a funeral service or ceremony in the Branford area, consider Hey Funerals. Our team is experienced and respectful and will help make sure that your loved one’s best wishes are kept in mind. Contact us on 01274 571021 or firstname.lastname@example.org.