Most people only make funeral arrangements a few times in their life. Simultaneous with one’s grief, you are being asked to make a major decision with financial ramifications. Professional funeral directors will make this process as easy as possible while achieving your desired results. Importantly, they are familiar with the laws of your state as they pertain to your loved one’s arrangements and will help take care of all necessary details, including taking your loved one into his or her care from the hospital, nursing home, or home. They will contact all interested parties on your behalf, obtain all required permits, file the death certificate, and guide you through the decision-making process as it relates to their services.
Funeral directors are skilled in creating memorable life tribute events. Funeral directors will have unique ideas and access to special resources to help your family be as creative as they need to be when planning a service that captures the essence of one’s life.
There are many services that your funeral director can provide for you, and the following is a partial list of how your funeral director can assist you:
- Creating a personalized and meaningful funeral honoring your loved one’s life.
- Explaining your full range of services and options.
- Coordinating a newspaper or online obituary.
- Preparing and filing the death certificate.
- Coordinating with the clergy and/or your church.
- Arranging for a funeral celebrant or clergy if you do not have one.
- Coordinating cemetery arrangements.
- Coordinating crematory arrangements.
- Securing musicians.
- Securing flowers.
- Coordinating memorial contributions to your favorite charity.
- Notifying the Social Security Administration of your loved one’s death.
- Providing information on Veterans benefits and military honors.
- Arranging or assisting with meals and receptions.
By The Federal Trade Commission’s Funeral Law, before making any decisions regarding funeral services or merchandise, your funeral director is required to provide you with a copy of their funeral home’s General Price List. This will help you make informed decisions about which funeral services. He or she will provide guidance and assist you in making decisions that are most appropriate for you and your family.