What to Look for When Choosing a Funeral Home

By: VGFS
Monday, October 15, 2018

Funerals are probably the most-neglected major life event we face. While there’s never a good time for it, researching and choosing a funeral home when you don’t need one is the best way to go. That’s because finding the best funeral home is often put to the side when a loved one passes away.

Many distraught families simply use the nearest funeral home or one that a friend or relative has suggested. But in reality, the difference between funeral home A and B may result in a vastly different overall experience.

Read on for some key factors to consider in choosing a funeral home for yourself of a loved one:

Location, facility, and services. You’ll be in frequent contact with the funeral home during the planning process, so a convenient location will be helpful for your preparations. You may also want to consider its accessibility for friends and family who will be in attendance. Be sure to study the funeral home facility itself, as well. Is it clean and well-kept? Do they have a chapel, space for a visitation, viewing, or reception, if your plans require them? Is it comfortable and is the décor to your liking? Be sure to confirm that the funeral home also offers the services you need. Do they offer transportation services, embalming, cremation, etc.?  Whatever your wishes are, you should only commit to a funeral home that can accommodate them.

Reputation. You need to have implicit trust in the funeral home you select because you’re leaving your loved one in their care. It’s important to feel confident that your loved one’s remains will be treated with respect and dignity. Do some research to review their policies and procedures, ask your family and friends about their experiences, check their online reviews, and spend time speaking with the funeral director.

Licenses, qualifications, and training. One of the most important questions to ask during your funeral home visit is about the licenses it holds, as well as the qualifications and training of the funeral director and staff. Knowing that trained, skilled professionals are assisting with the funeral process can do wonders to put your mind at ease.

Compassion and courteousness. This is a key consideration in choosing the right funeral home. If a funeral director or staff member upsets you or your family in any way, you’re probably making the wrong choice. Funeral home staff should show your family compassion and kindness during your time of grief and loss.

Whether you’re in charge of making the funeral arrangements for a loved one or you’re planning ahead for yourself, choosing a funeral home is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make. For more information or if we can of assistance to you in any way, please reach out to us anytime.

About Vaughn Greene Funeral Services: For more than 20 years, Vaughn Greene Funeral Services has been providing a ministry of care to Baltimore’s African American community. As a leading local, minority- and family-owned provider, we promise to provide our highest level of service and respect to families who entrust us to honor their loved one. For more information, please call us at 410.655.0015 or visit us online at https://vaughncgreene.com/.

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