A funeral home is a space where you should feel comfortable and at ease, especially while working closely with the funeral director. The first meeting with a funeral home should consist of asking questions, learning about the funeral services offered, understanding pricing, and gaining a sense of the atmosphere. Knowing what to look for in a funeral home will help you choose the best fit for your family, as it’s important to work with a funeral home that meets all of your needs and accommodations.
Ask Yourself: What Are the Requirements You Seek in a Funeral Home?
When starting to search for a funeral home, it’s suggested to make a list of requirements. This will help the selection process go smoothly. Some questions you should ask yourself are:
- Does the funeral director understand the type of funeral service/memorial you are seeking? Will the staff help make this possible?
- Does the funeral home offer easy access to purchasing flowers and other goods needed for a service?
- Does the funeral home offer affordable prices or financing options?
- Does the funeral home understand your religious and/or cultural needs?
Hold a Meeting With the Funeral Director
After finding a funeral home you are interested in working with, take time to directly meet with the funeral director. This is an opportunity to learn more about the funeral home in regards to their history within the community and the services they offer. A professional funeral director should make you feel comfortable, express compassion, and offer you informed answers to the questions you may have. At no point should you feel pressured into making funeral arrangements that you feel uncomfortable with. At Diehl-Whittaker Funeral Services, we make it a top priority to ensure you feel welcome and comfortable with your choices.
Assess the Quality and Value of the Services for the Cost
Many of today’s funeral homes offer bait-and-switch prices in their marketing that make families think they can afford the funeral arrangements they have in mind, only to find out that the price quoted was lacking certain fundamentals like the casket or transportation service. They may also try to stack on a bunch of extra unnecessary services to pad the bill while your family is stunned with grief. These kinds of practices are rare in our industry, but you have to watch out for them because they do exist.
The philosophy at Diehl-Whittaker is to be honest, straightforward, and transparent about our services and prices. We offer some of the most competitive rates in the business, with lower mark-ups on caskets and complimentary services included in our base rates. That’s important when you’re a budget-conscious family dealing with a sudden loss. We’re here to help you make it work and have several options for financing, pre-planning, and cost effective savings.
Most importantly, a funeral service should provide the solace and dignity your family needs in this difficult time of loss and grief. The lowest price isn’t always the best choice when it comes to saying goodbye to a loved one.
Come visit the folks at Diehl-Whittaker, where you and your family are in good hands.
Diehl-Whittaker is a funeral service in Columbus, Ohio who makes every effort to reflect the quality of your loved one’s life.
The care your family deserves, at a cost your family can afford.
Contact us today for burial packages, cremation packages, and pre-planning assistance.