Why use a funeral director?

Why use a funeral director?

Funerals require a lot of planning. Although there’s no legal requirement to use a funeral director they can help you by taking care of some or all of the sensitive arrangements that you may feel unable to deal with.

Here are just some of the services funeral directors provide:

  • Guidance and support on all aspects of the funeral arrangement process.
  • Advice on funeral service options to meet your needs, as well as honouring the individuality and wishes of the deceased.
  • Making all the funeral arrangements. This includes liaising with external parties and delivering the necessary paperwork.
  • Offering a choice of products that reflects the style of ceremony you want, in order to best express the personality and life of the deceased.
  • Bringing the deceased into their care, or providing you with advice and practical support so that you can take care of the deceased at home prior to the funeral.
  • Providing facilities for you to visit the deceased.
  • Providing the necessary staff on the day of the funeral.
  • Providing chauffeur-driven transport on the day of the funeral.
  • Making third party payments (also called disbursements) on your behalf, e.g. to the crematorium or place of burial.
  • Bereavement support or guidance.

A good funeral director will listen to your wishes and have as little or as much involvement as you want. Most importantly, they will ensure you are treated with sensitivity and that the deceased is treated with care and dignity.

To help you find the right funeral director in your area go to reviews and read what others have to say about their experience.


Kim Bird is the founder of the comparison and review site About the Funeral and Editor of the bereavement support and funeral planning magazine, Day by Day.

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