Most funeral homes strive to be the one place for all the needs of the family at the time of a death in the family.
These services will include:
In some locations, the funeral home is actually built on the grounds of the cemetery and will have an attached floral shop so that all the items may be placed on one all-inclusive bill for a single billing for the total.
Funeral homes are one of the last refuges for the independent business owner. Although there are several conglomerates which operate out of numerous locations, there are few totally binding regulations nationwide. But a clear-cut, easy-to-understand general price list is one such requirement. Available upon request, this will allow you the opportunity to compare services and prices before there is an actual need.
A listing of optional services may be included, with the price for each clearly described. Some locales make certain items a necessary part of doing business with them. An example would be a cemetery needing the casket to be buried in an outer container, in order to keep the grave from caving in over a period of time. A respectable funeral home will advise you as to your options in such a circumstance. Likewise, a flush mounted memorial may be required in certain cemeteries or within certain sections of a cemetery. Once again, the funeral home may be able to advise you as to those requirements, since they work with all local cemeteries.
A family will experience death, on average, twice in a generation. With that degree of unfamiliarity, it is only normal to be overwhelmed when it does occur. Your local funeral professional has experience in these uncharted, mysterious waters. Allow him or her to guide you through them, all the while honoring your requests to honor your loved one in a manner as unique as they themselves, were. Take advantage of all the services they can offer.