The following is a list of helpful Funeral Shopping Tips list to assist you in arranging a funeral. It can be a very tricky business and many people end up paying way too much for what they get.
If you are unable to use Basic Funerals as your provider we hope this lists helps you to not overpay and to get exactly what you want.
1. Take your Time. Families have a natural sense of urgency when someone they love passes away. Remember, take the time you need to make decisions you won’t regret later. If you’re not sure exactly what to arrange with the funeral home, speak to family members and friends for advice. Once you’re comfortable with your decision, then move forward, not before. What matters most now at a time like this is you and your family.
2. Call more than one funeral home. The funeral industry is no different than any other and should compete for the honour of serving your family. There is absolutely no shame in shopping around to get a good price and find people you trust to take care of the arrangements. In many cases, the old family funeral home that has been serving your family for years, has been bought up by a big corporate. Don’t be afraid to ask “who owns this funeral home and why should we use your services?” If you don’t like their answer, call someone else.
3. Check Out Online Options. There are huge variations in price in the funeral industry and one of the biggest factors is companies who offer the ease, convenience and affordability of the internet business model. You might be weary of arranging a funeral online, take your time and read this article about Funeral Shopping Tips again and again until you are sure about what you need to do next.
4. Get Help to Manage Emotions. Preparing for someone you love to pass away is one thing but when they actually do, trust me, you’re not thinking straight. If you’re not able to arrange online and you have to go to a funeral home, beware of the tactics some of them use to exploit your emotional state. Bring a friend along to help you determine what you need and what you don’t need because believe it or not, some funeral homes are trained to take advantage of your state of mind.
5. Check the Cremation Price. These prices differ by one or two hundred dollars depending on the crematorium used, but everything counts for some families. Many funeral homes are affiliated with a crematorium which means without asking you, they will send your loved one to their crematorium which happens to be the most expensive one in the area. Ask your funeral director to provide you with the three closest crematoriums and their prices. Make it your decision, not theirs.
If you are in the position of having to choose a funeral provider I hope you find these tips helpful. Please dont hesitate to share your funeral buying stories so you can help other people that have to go through the same process. I believe that knowledge is power and the more information we can share with each other about our experiences the better off we will all be.
6. Learn More About Embalming. This is easily the most controversial question in the funeral services industry. I’ll give you the facts and you can make the decision for yourself. The procedure is very invasive and funeral directors will do their best to not give details on the procedure.
If people actually knew what was happening to their loved one, they would at the very least think twice. The results are also seldom positive. 75% of families I’ve served over the years that opted for embalming wished they hadn’t.
I’ve worked with some of the very best and most talented embalmers in the industry and still these families wished they had just remembered the person the way they were and not had an open casket viewing.
The results are also seldom positive. 75% of families I’ve served over the years that opted for embalming wished they hadn’t.I’ve worked with some of the very best and most talented embalmers in the industry and still these families wished they had just remembered the person the way they were and not had an open casket viewing.
7. Consider a “Do It Yourself” Funeral. So many families that want to have a funeral but refuse to pay the exorbitant prices of a funeral home, never end up having a funeral, after all that’s why i’m writing this article to help you with some Funeral Shopping Tips. Just hold the funeral on your own.
Think of all of the locations you can use for a funeral that are far nicer than a funeral home. Churches, restaurants, parks, event venues.
All you need is a picture or urn as a focal point, a family member or friend to act as an MC and a few people willing to deliver eulogies. Add a bit of coffee and finger foods and you’ve got a perfect place to celebrate a life.
At BasicFunerals.ca we assist families in organizing their own services every day, whether they used us for the cremation or not. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you need advice.
8. Learn How to Write a Eulogy. I’ve sat through thousands of eulogies and most of them were far from memorable and actually quite boring.
The ones that stick in my head (keep in mind I didn’t even know these people) were the ones that shared specific life stories. We recommend a quick synopsis of the person’s life, two or three specific stories and a closing. Five to seven minutes is plenty. Speak from the heart and you can’t go wrong.
9. Decide on the Best Urn for your Purposes. Maybe None. Never let a funeral director tell you that you have to buy an urn because that’s just not true. First of all, you will receive a temporary cardboard urn from the crematorium (some of them still use a hard plastic) and this may suit your specific needs especially if you are scattering.
There’s no need to be left with an empty urn. If you are burying the urn and you want the cremated remains protected, we would suggest a strong metal (urn vaults are available but very overpriced) and if you’re keeping the urn, get something you like to look at.
Also, when traveling, we recommend wood or the temporary container to allow the x-rays at the airport to see through, otherwise you may be asked to open the urn.
If you are burying the urn and you want the cremated remains protected, we would suggest a strong metal (urn vaults are available but very overpriced) and if you’re keeping the urn, get something you like to look at. Also, when traveling, we recommend wood or the temporary container to allow the x-rays at the airport to see through, otherwise you may be asked to open the urn.
10. Decide On A Vault. Burial vaults don’t offer much in the way of protection from the elements for very long. They are made of concrete which is a porous material and won’t keep nature out for too long.
What a vault will do is prevent the earth around the grave from settling. Small cemeteries require a vault because they don’t have the staff to tend the graves when they settle but the larger cemeteries do. In short, buy a vault if you want one, but not because you think you have to (unless it’s a requirement from the cemetery of course).
I hope this Top 10 Funeral Shopping Tips will help you choose wisely!