Choosing A Funeral Director
Choosing a funeral director can be a challenging task of its own when you lose a loved one. There are so many things to consider at this difficult time, you must find a funeral director who is on the same page as you when it comes to organising and the smooth running of a funeral. It is not a shopping task that is relished in, so it is important to be clear and concise on exactly what you are looking for. Thomas Brothers have some great tips for finding the right funeral director for you, all qualities we already possess…
CREDENTIALS…Ensuring your funeral director has the appropriate credentials is essential to the protection of your customer experience. Your funeral director should be a member of The National Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors (SAIF) or National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD). A good funeral director will follow nationally approved regulations/protocol and these credentials are proof of their professionalism.
PERSONALITY…No matter what you are looking for in the personality of your funeral directors, it’s important that it is appropriate to what you feel you need to connect with your funeral director and get the funeral planned properly. Traits of a funeral director you will want are organisation, empathy and experience that offers great support and advice.
WHAT DO THEY PROVIDE?A good funeral director will cover all the essentials in a one off fee, instead of charging for many different prices for the many services needed. The reason a one off fee makes for a good funeral director is because it takes the stress out of working everything out and the worry of forgetting essentials that may be needed for the funeral. The last thing people need when planning a funeral and suffering a loss is slipping up on things. It’s important that a good funeral director understands what you need and offering appropriate services. Some things to consider in inclusion…
- Does the cost cover religious officials?
- Do you want basic or superior, or environmentally-friendly coffins?
- Do you want a funeral procession and additional limousines?
- Do you need payment upfront, and do they have payment plans?