Making funeral arrangements can be difficult. The uncomfortable feelings, the stressful and sad moments can be expected. Not many people know what exactly to do when that moment arrives. It’s not easy to choose the right person to make the End of Life arrangements with so many things going on. Funeral directors are chosen to take control of the situation that you might not be able to handle alone. The chosen firm can make the process much easier as they guide you through the proceedings.
The first step towards a funeral ceremony is choosing a Funeral Director, which is usually done by the next of kin. Families choose one to make all the necessary practical arrangements on their behalf.
A licensed professional experienced in planning and arranging a funeral ceremony. He organizes everything by preparing the following:
- Viewing the deceased,
- Death certificate and related legal documents,
- Cremation or burial arrangements,
- Directing and managing the funeral staff.
There are multiple ways to locate a good and reliable company you are comfortable with and the right funeral director.
- Via Internet
- Recommendations from family and friends
You may want to contact 2 or 3 companies in your area.
What to look for in a Funeral Director?
- A person who listens and understands you at a difficult time and knows what you are expecting.
- Give you all the time you need and do the best for you, puts you and your family first and goes by your needs.
- Answers the questions of families and informing about the costs of the service in advance- as a must to save the grieving families from being burdened with additional costs.
- Arranging the finest ceremony with tight budgets. These may include:
- Preserving the body
- Purchase of the coffin
- Hearse rental
- Cost of the staff
- Venue charges
- Cost of mausoleum
- Wood, cardboard or metal casket
- Flower arrangements
- Music selections
- Accommodation for distant relatives
- Food and drink
- Grave stone
- Grave site transportation
- Publishing an obituary
- Seating arrangement for funeral service
- Type of burial
An experienced Funeral Director will discuss and plan the above checklist before proceeding further.
The right funeral director will make you comfortable and take the some of the weight off your shoulders. Be sure to provide them with complete and specific details of the ceremony and let them know what you want and what is important for you. Funeral Directors have strong relationships with all the departments and areas involved in arranging a funeral ceremony.
A Eulogy, a Funeral Procession and selecting a fitting tribute to the coffin and decor may hold great value. These are the last things you do for the deceased before they depart from you and rest in peace. These specialties seem to hold value because this time will become a memory that you would want to preserve. Choosing simple and minimal church decorations may be preferable.
An album to narrate the story of the deceased through pictures of different phases of life is an option. A large photo of the departed love with flowers will make the sense of the occasion, evoke fond memories. With the help of your ceremony director a big screen can be set-up at the venue to play videos of the deceased. Soft music in the background, candles and lighting would add substance to the ambiance allowing friends and family to mourn the deceased and celebrate a well lived life.
Criteria to select the best Funeral Director:
- A strong desire to team up with the client and work according to their wishes. Flexibility and an understanding of the fact that a funeral is a procedure that is done for the client, thus working with client’s desire is of utmost importance.
- Client’s expectations and the awareness of a possible change the client might request. A reassurance that the expert is adaptable to changes.
- A willingness to give maximum time to the client and what he needs.
- A well customized service and committing oneself to see the client satisfied and abiding by their wishes.
- A personal understanding that the funeral doesn’t belong to the funeral director but the client.
- A pleasing personality and an evidence of commitment, emotional sensitivity and dedication towards the client.
Finding and opting for the right funeral director is important to have creative control over the formal procedure. Looking back at the Funeral should bring a smile on your face whenever you recall the day. If not extraordinary it should be memorable, filled with remembrance and celebration that everyone who joined will always cherish. Tranquility Cremation and Funeral Services are ready to receive your call.