Whether you are pre-planning for your own or making arrangements to organise a befitting send-off for a loved one who has just passed on, funeral arrangements can be quite overwhelming. It helps matters a lot when you are working with a professional funeral home.
Once you have settled on a funeral home whose services you will engage, here are a few pointers to keep in mind as you prepare to go in for that first meeting.
1. You Don't Have To Do It Alone
Who, if at all, did the deceased designate as the party responsible for making critical final decisions or otherwise seeing to the fulfilment of their wishes? This party will need to be present to make the decisions and sign related documents.
Again, you can always take someone with you to the meeting for moral support. Going through the details of the funeral arrangements can prove to be a bit much emotionally, and you will want someone to be there for you.
2. Line Up Your Questions
What services does the funeral home offer? Does it offer everything you would want to be a part of your funeral arrangements? If what you need and what the funeral home offers are a perfect match, the next thing you will want to ask about is the cost of these services and the available payment options.
Does the funeral home provide all the services in-house or do they outsource? Are the outsourced contractors reliable? Will the funeral home be able to accommodate all the ideas you have for personalising the funeral?
Do not hesitate to ask away. The funeral home director will gladly answer these questions, if only to put your mind at ease, before committing yourself.
3. Gather The Necessary Documents
Some legalities need taking care of moving forward. The funeral home will require some documents to help with filling a burial or cremation permit as well as filling out the death certificate.
Among the documents that you may need to present include the deceased's birth certificate, marriage certificate and, if available, their funeral pre-arrangement documents. Ask the funeral home about what documents you should bring to the meeting.
With the highlighted pointers, you can expect your meeting with the funeral home to be as smooth and productive as can get. Again, you may want to speak to a representative from the funeral home about what else you should know as you prepare for the meeting. Look for funeral homes near you that you could get more information from.