7 Important Questions To Ask When
Getting Funeral Services
By Dan Francis
Even if you are in the middle of mourning the loss of a
loved one, you must also be alert and careful whenever
you deal with the funeral services. Especially if your
budget is very limited, it only makes it very important
that you do not hire the first funeral director that you
encounter. Because just like when you are shopping with
regular items, choosing funeral planning services should
never be done hastily.
The first thing that you must do is to ask the
assistance or guidance of a family member or a friend.
He or she will act as your sounding board, to give you
his or her opinion and advice on any funeral service
transactions that you might want to enter into. This
will help ensure that you are making the right decisions
for the services of your love one.
When looking for the best funeral services, you must ask
these following questions to guide you with your
1. Aside from burial services, what other choices do we
If your loved one had specifically requested to be
cremated, then follow his request to the letter. Ask a
funeral director if they offer cremation services, how
they go about it and your choices of the urns or any
vessel where the ashes will later be stored.
2. How much are your services?
Ask for a price list for all of their services, but more
specifically for the services that you have inquired
about to them. They should be able to give you their
price list whether you inquire at their offices or by
But as much as possible, try to get a written quotation
or price list so that you can easily go over it whenever
you are planning the services.
3. Are there any hidden costs or future costs that I
should be aware of?
Again, if your budget is very limited then you must
always be on your guard for any other expenses that
might arise. Sometimes a funeral director might not be
able to itemize all the costs that you might incur,
either intentionally or by honest mistake. Therefore it
is best that you ask them up front so there will be no
surprises in the future.
4. Are you locally or nationally owned?
Some people prefer to give their business to small or
what is called as neighborhood businesses, so as to
drive the local economy. If you are one of these people
then feel free to ask this question.
5. Do you offer financial assistance?
Larger funeral directors might offer such an assistance,
otherwise they should be able to help you reach the
right people or organizations.
6. How many years have you been in business?
The longevity of the business is often a sign of the
quality of their service. If you believe in this, do not
hesitate to ask for the years of service they already
have under their cap.
7. Can you help me find the right funeral services for
Ask and you shall receive. Funeral directors can help
tailor fit their services to any reasonable budget that
you might have. After all you are still a customer and
if you are satisfied, you might help spread the word
about their good and caring service.
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