Plan For The Inevitable

Pre-planning your funeral should be a natural part of life, because it provides you with time to make end-of-life decisions in a calm and rational atmosphere. Start the online planning process now, or meet with one of our pre-planning advisers. It just makes sense.

Advice on Selecting a Funeral Home, Before You Need One

For most people, death is a topic to be avoided unless absolutely necessary. For many people, the subject becomes absolutely necessary when they are called upon to arrange services for a family member. This is an emotional time, even when a lengthy illness has allowed a time to prepare. With the unexpected death of a family member, this is an especially difficult period, one in which making final arrangements can bring unneeded stress.

Based on my years of experience in funeral service, I find the same issues addressed time and time again. Which funeral home can I entrust my loved one to for burial or cremation? Should there even be a service? If there is a funeral service, where should it take place, the graveside, the church, the funeral home, or some other location, and will there be visitation? What will this cost and what are the options?

Here is my advice for addressing these issues and others that may arise:

Have a family discussion regarding final wishes, and ask every adult in the family to participate and share their preferences. Topics should include burial or cremation, the grave site, and the type and location of service. What funeral home should we call on?

Many families rely on the same funeral home for generation after generation. This might be the easiest choice to make, but is it the most financially prudent choice?  Many funeral homes, including some of those in our valley have developed a level of security in the community based on years of experience, that they feel justified in charging exorbitant rates for their services. Expensive buildings, excessive vehicles and large staff, translates to high overhead costs. These costs have to be passed on to the consumer in order to make a profit. In the funeral industry the consumer is the family of the deceased. At Franklin County Funeral Home our primary focus is to provide a dignified, quality level of service at an affordable cost to the family.

Don’t hesitate to visit several funeral homes before making your final decision. You should be welcomed at all, and if you are not, look elsewhere. Costs are an important issue, and one that families sometimes avoid. Don’t.!     Any reputable funeral director will be happy to discuss cost options with you. If they don’t, again you should look elsewhere.