When a loved one dies, the stress is extreme. You need to make a lot of decisions, including which funeral home to use. Don’t just pick the closest one to you.
Licensed funeral director Lauren LeRoy shares tips on how to find the best funeral home.
After deciding between burial or cremation for your loved one, ask for general price lists of all the funeral homes in your area. They should give you the general price list without any fuss. Prices vary greatly from one funeral home to another.
Ask friends, family, and neighbors in your area for recommendations. This can help you whittle down your list of candidates. You should also check online reviews. Check with the Better Business Bureau’s website to see if any funeral homes in your area have had many recent complaints.
Call or visit the funeral home and ask if they have ever worked with families of your religion or culture. When you talk to them, see if they treat you with courtesy. If you leave a message, good funeral homes return your calls within a reasonable timeframe.
When you talk with funeral home employees, listen to see if they are easy to understand. Any emails, websites, or pamphlets should make sense. Good funeral homes are good communicators.