Funeral Services Provider Directory

Choosing a funeral provider can be difficult because there are many different options to consider. The funeral home you choose should match you values, budget and be able to provide all the services you need when a loved one has died.

Traditionally, many people choose funeral homes based on a family history, community or religious affiliation or based on the recommendations of trusted friends. While this method can be useful, it is wise to compare several different funeral homes before making a final choice. If no comparisons are made, you may experience a limitation in choices of services or goods or end up paying a higher price for services than is necessary.

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Begin your search by comparing the funeral costs. The Federal Trade Commission requires funeral providers to be upfront about pricing with consumers. They must provide an itemized list of accurate price information about all funeral costs. Starting your search with budgetary considerations in mind will limit you to only the providers you can afford.

Next, consider the services and products that are most important to you. A full-service cremation or burial usually includes pickup of the body, basic fees for the staff and funeral director, embalming, coffin and casket options, funeral or memorial services, viewings or visitations, outer burial containers, graveside service and the use of a hearse. Some funeral providers also offer obituaries or funeral flowers. Not all of these services or products are necessary. Talk to your funeral provider about using only the services you need to keep costs down while still ensuring a proper resting place for your loved one.

Funeral flowers are often brought to services by guests. If you would rather have guests donate money to charity, you can announce this wish through obituaries or word of mouth. Some people choose to accept donations for hospice agencies that provided care to the loved one, societies that are dedicated to the illness of the loved one or a charity that he or she donated to while living.

In addition to being affordable, the funeral provider you choose should be in line with the wishes of both you and your loved one. The funeral director and staff should be personable, patient, kind and compassionate instead of only business-minded and focused on making a sale. He or she should make you as comfortable as possible throughout the planning process and ensure that your desires are met during the difficult time.