10 Things To Ask A Prospective Funeral Director Death is a part of life and because of this, funeral planning is something that is inevitable for all of us one day. However, when it comes to planning your funeral, not everyone is sure of what to do, or what questions to ask. Since this will be the last memory you will have of someone you love, you should always be aware of the appropriate questions to ask your funeral director. 1) What alternatives are there for the disposal of the body? A good company should mention more than the traditional forms of burial and cremation. All options should be discussed with the deceased’s family prior to the funeral taking place. 2) What are your prices? When you are making funeral plans this is important for you to know what you can afford – a funeral home is required to provide you with this information by law. 3) What are the basic rates? This is the time when you need to feel comfortable negotiating, and doing some price comparison. Funerals are very expensive, and when you can save money, you will be able to provide your loved one with a better funeral. 4) What are the funeral home costs? For final arrangements, some funeral homes have additional fees associated with the process. This would be items like, receiving the body from another funeral parlour, cremation, immediate burial, embalming, and other items you will need. 5) Can I get an advance payment? In some cases, you might be charged for the funeral home to advance you the cash as well. The funeral home is required to provide you with a “good faith” estimate to help you understand the costs that will be associated with them fronting the funds. These fees will include obituary notices, flowers, clergy and other items as required. 6) Is there any other financial assistance available? With the average funeral costing £3,000, you should also check to see what form of financial assistance is available to you. 7) How long have you been doing funerals for? You should verify that not only have they been open for some time, but that they have a good history serving the community. It is possible to run a poor funeral home, especially in areas where options are limited, and be successful.
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