When you're dealing with grief, arranging a funeral can be an overwhelming experience. Funeral directors will take the burden off your shoulders by coordinating the logistics and providing guidance. From registering the death to planning the memorial, they will ensure every step of the service is accounted for. Hiring a funeral director isn't a necessity, but it will certainly make the process easier.
Use AFDA Member Firms
The Australian Funeral Directors Association (AFDA) is a governing body that was formed in 1935 and has member firms in every state and territory. Members of the AFDA must follow a strict Code of Ethics to ensure they meet client expectations and perform a professional service. Members must re-apply every three years and demonstrate that their chosen premises, equipment, vehicles and level of care comply with the industry standard. As a recognised authority, AFDA Member firms are chosen by more than 60% of families and are highly recommended.
Stay in Control
A good funeral director will make voluntary recommendations and encourage you to make suggestions, rather than take full control. They will also ensure that all of the arrangements abide by state and territory laws. If you have insufficient funds, they may help you attain financial assistance from the government; however, in these circumstances your options may have limitations.
Assess the Costs
There are three primary costs that cover the scope of funeral services: professional service fees, disbursement fees, and the coffin or casket. Disbursement fees are defined as costs which are not controlled by the funeral director, such as burial plots and doctor's fees. Compare the prices of different funeral services to determine a suitable average. Most funeral directors will have set packages; however, don't be afraid to negotiate if they contain options you don't want or need. For example, if their package includes catering, but you'd prefer to make your own food instead, they should be willing to adapt their price.
Ask for Recommendations
If you've ever been to a funeral that you found pleasant and comforting, ask the deceased's next-of-kin what funeral service they used. Family and friends are a valuable source of information and might be able to make recommendations. When searching online, look for reviews and check the firm's credentials before you arrange to meet them. A good funeral director will never pressure you into making a commitment. If they do, thank them for their time and look elsewhere.Share
6 October 2015
Welcome to my blog. My name is Molly, and a few years ago, I lost my husband to heart disease. He had only just turned fifty, and it wasn't anything we were expecting. Through my intense grief, I had to host and organise a funeral. I wanted to include religious elements from our pasts, but I also wanted to be true to the non-religious but spiritual beliefs of my husband. I think many people are in the same position, and if you are, I want to help you. This blog focuses on making funerals meaningful. It provides tips, ideas, facts and more. I hope it inspires you.