One of the most widely used criteria for selecting a funeral home is the closeness to home, services provided to the family in the past or recommendations from trusted friends. Although all these are good starting points when selecting a funeral home during this distressing period, you are likely to limit yourself in terms of services and goods. Such limitation could also have a big impact on your funeral budget. However, choosing Sydney funeral homes based on the following factors will offer you greater options.
Products and Services
Some of the funeral services that ought to be considered for a cremation, full or traditional burial include:
- The basic service fee for the staff as well as a funeral director
- Body pickup
- Appropriate preparation of the body
- The coffin, casket options available
- The availability of viewing or visitation facilities and staff
- Availability of staff and facilities for a memorial or funeral service
- Equipment and staff for the graveside service
- Hearse options available
- Forwarding/receiving body procedures to or from another funeral provider or home
Comparison Shopping for Sydney Funeral Homes
Perhaps, one of the best advice to consider, as you shop for funeral homes, is to do comparison shopping. This tactic is especially helpful if you can carry out the process on a pre-need position. In most cases, when you call a funeral services provider in Sydney, they will provide itemized costs of their services and products. However, if you decide to go in person to the funeral homes, ensure that you bring along a friend to help you ask questions about the options available. Your friend will also be a great help when it comes to making decisions. One of the easiest ways to do comparison-shopping is over the phone after you have prepared a series of questions you feel require answering.
During the initial price comparisons, check whether the funeral home provides special packages. These special packages, in most cases, cost much less than buying individual services or items. However, such packages are also likely to bring with them services or items you feel are not important. Every funeral home you call should be in a position to provide you with an itemized price list. Remember, compare the total price of items with the cost of single package items.
A growing number of individuals now prefer to plan their own funerals in order to relieve the stress on their families. A few business services may allow for advance payments. A great option is to make the decision on the arrangement early, keeping the entire family in the know, but never paying in advance. Not paying in advance helps your family avoid having to deal with businesses that have either changed ownership or closed. In addition, prices are likely to go up in the future.
Academy Funeral Services understands the need to provide grieving families from all facets of life a decent burial. The directors and staff at Academy Funeral Services are always willing to help you make the decision process as comfortable and smooth as possible. As one of the full-service Sydney funeral homes, the company is dedicated to helping your family transition by becoming a partner in the bereavement process.