While some people choose to be responsible for their own funeral arrangements, most will choose to go with a funeral director. Not only will this help during a very stressful time, but it will almost ensure that there will be no major disappointments during the service.
Depending on the situation you may have to locate a funeral director, but there may be those times when the decision has already been made for you. If a loved one pre-planned their funeral then then they may have already picked the director that would handle the arrangements or they may have paid into a funeral plan that specifies which funeral directors that can be used. Even if the deceased has made these decisions, those in charge have the ultimate decision.
If the planner of the funeral chooses to go with a different funeral director or is locating a new director there are several things to consider.
Most funeral directors are decided on word of mouth, but the family may have to consider the financial situation, transporting the deceased, or religious reviews. You can ask your doctors or clergymen, friends or other family members for their recommendations.
The National Association of Funeral Directors or the National Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors can also provide you information of Funeral Directors in your area. These associations don’t provide recommendations but they do guarantee that any member has a strict code of practice.
If the person died in a hospice or nursing home, the manager may have an arrangement with a particular funeral director to remove the body, particularly if there is delay contacting the next of kin. You have the option of continuing to use this firm or appointing another.