Planning the funeral of a loved one can be a difficult time, especially if they have not left any specific instructions about their wishes after death. Many people choose to use the services of a funeral director to help them with arrangements to help the process run smoothly and to give them time to concentrate on the other things which need to be taken care of during this period. If you decide to use a funeral director, here are some key questions to ask them before deciding which one to use:
- Are they a member of a professional body?
Always try and used a funeral director who is a member of a professional body such as the National Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors (SAIF) or the National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD). These organisations have codes of practice which members must adhere to, ensuring that they provide a high level of service and professionalism.
- What exactly does a fixed price funeral service include?
When comparing the prices of different directors, ask for an itemised breakdown of the fee, particularly with fixed price plans. This will allow you to understand exactly what is included, or not, and means there will be no hidden costs later on.
- What additional services can be provided?
It is also worth asking what additional services can be provided to make the funeral planning process as easy as possible for close family. For example some directors can arrange service stationary to be printed as well as announcements to be made in newspapers. It is also possible from them to take care of charitable donations given in lieu of flowers if you wish them to do so.
Joseph C Roberts are an independent family funeral director based in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. Our fully qualified team of staff help families plan every step of the funeral process and are available to speak to about arrangements 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you would like more information about the funeral services we offer, please contact us on 01423 887824.