Death is a part of life, and we are all very much aware of this, some even more so than others. You may be painfully aware of this inevitable fact after experiencing the death of someone you love, but whilst you are still bereaved, you may have been tasked with arranging your loved one’s funeral as well. This is a big responsibility indeed, and no one should take it lightly. But it can be overwhelming to plan such an event, especially if you also have to deal with other matters, such as being there for your loved ones who are also grieving. A funeral director can be of great help and support during this trying time, and they can take care of the arrangements and other tasks for you. But what are the services you can expect from a funeral director? Here’s a list.
The funeral arrangements may have already been prepared by the person who passed away, but if not, you can decide on the details they may have wanted. But your funeral director, such as the experienced funeral directors at Carrollandcarrollfunerals.co.uk, can provide you with the following:
- A standard lined casket or coffin
- The picking up and transport of the deceased from the premises where they passed away to the premises of the funeral director
- Care for the deceased before and during the funeral. The care they receive will often include washing, dressing, and laying out of the deceased’s body. It will not usually come with embalming
- The provision of the hearse for the transport of the deceased to the burial ground or crematorium
- The provision of pallbearers or coffin bearers
- All other necessary arrangements, such as acquiring the proper forms
There are also some other services you can request from your funeral director, and these include:
- The provision of flowers as well as fittings for the coffin, or a coffin that is not plain or standard
- The making of notices to the press
- The provision of a medical certificate (which is a requirement for cremation) along with the fee of the doctor who signs the medical certificate
- The provision of an organist or even a choir
- The charges for a religious service
- The crematorium or burial charge or fee. The burial charge or fee will often include the expenses associated with preparing the burial plot or grave
- Additional vehicles
- The embalming of the deceased
- A special memorial for the deceased
- Arrangements for catering
- Funeral stationery
You can ask for all the above services to be provided by the funeral director, although you also have the option to get it somewhere else. You may also ask the funeral director for additional services such as using a Chapel of Rest, arranging the transport of the deceased from the mortuary, and arranging for a special viewing.
When you seek the services of a funeral director, you may be asked to sign an agreement or contract, so make sure to read the contract as carefully as possible, and if there is a detail that you are not quite sure of, don’t hesitate to request for further explanation from the funeral director.