One of the most important decisions you will need to make when organising a funeral is selecting the right funeral director. Whether you’ve had time to prepare for the departure of a loved one or are dealing with the shock, these can be extremely upsetting and challenging times. Organising a funeral is something few people have extensive experience with and balancing your feelings of grief with the mountain of things that need to be checked off can be daunting. And this is where a funeral director comes into play. These professionals may all seem alike at first glance but it’s important you choose someone that you’re comfortable with and feel a level of trust with.

Here are our tips on how to choose the right funeral director for you.

  1. Do Your Research and Speak to Friends

While you may not know the exact type of person you’re looking for as a funeral director, it always pays to do your research. Funeral directors can help you navigate the seemingly complicated world of funerals and laying a loved one to rest. And the person you work with must be equipped to help with the send-off you envision. For example, if sustainability and eco-friendly actions were important to your loved one, you may wish to find someone who has a specialism in woodland burials. Or, perhaps you’re burying a dignified and private older lady who would appreciate the softer touch of a lady funeral director? Our families also like the idea of a female dressing and caring for their loved one – especially families whereby the deceased may have undergone invasive treatment – changes to their body that they are not comfortable with a male seeing or touching – Sarah and Lel have extensive experience in washing, dressing and caring for the deceased, preparing their body in a gentle non-intrusive way.

Speaking to other friends and family who have been through the process before will also help you to collect word-of-mouth recommendations.

  1. Make Sure They’re Good Listeners

The majority of experienced and professional funeral directors understand that listening is one of their most important traits. They need to be able to hear the requests of the deceased family and take action to ensure all of their wishes are answered. You want to make sure that you feel comfortable expressing your wants and needs to your chosen funeral director. And, you want to make sure they action things in a way that feels right to you.

  1. Compare Prices

Talking about money may seem a taboo subject at this time but it’s important that you know what you’re working with. Funerals can add up if you’re not aware of where the money is going. Make sure to ask for a full price breakdown from your chosen funeral director and ask whether the quote given covers everything.

  1. Other considerations

Working with a funeral director will ensure that this emotional period in your family’s life is as stress-free and seamless as possible. At Wallace Stuart Ltd, we offer a caring and personalised lady funeral director service for those seeking a softer touch. Our families come first and we strive to ensure each one feels listened to, cared for and supported at every step of the way. If you would like to speak to us, please do get in contact here today.