How to Choose a Funeral Home
How do I know which funeral home to use? This is a very common question for people who are planning their first funeral. It can be a difficult choice to make on the best of days, not to mention on a day when you are already coping with the death of a loved one. With no guidance from your loved ones or from a professional in the funeral services industry selecting the right funeral home for your needs can be a challenge. For many families however the choosing of the funeral home is very simple based on three different criteria, religion, native language, and previous family members selections.
In our diverse society the need has arisen to provide specialized services for members of a variety of religions. Surely you have noticed when you look around the city you see Churches, Synagogues, Temples, Mosques, and various other faith based buildings. Most funeral homes can accommodate a service of any religious type, but in some cases there are funeral homes that specialize in services of certain types. In most cases the type of service selected is based entirely on the faith of the deceased, but more often than not the remaining family members will choose the service type that is least objectionable by all attendees. In some cases there is no religious component at all.
Since America is made up of citizens that come from a broad range of cultural backgrounds there are often times when a language barrier can present a problem. In some cases a funeral home might offer services in only certain languages which can make it impossible or at least really challenging for some customers. For example if you speak only English you might have trouble with a funeral home that offer services only in Spanish, or only in Greek. Usually the funeral homes website or written literature will indicate what languages and what religions they are capable of serving. Normally if a funeral home cannot meet your needs based on a language barrier or a religious inability they will be able to refer you to another funeral home who is equipped to handle all of your needs.
For most people the easiest way to decide which funeral home to use is to take a look back in your family and think about where you attended funerals for loved ones that have passed on already. In most cases people will stick with tradition in the sense that if a funeral home was able to meet the needs of your family members in the past they likely still can. Unless the person you are planning the funeral for has broken from family tradition in a way that they have a different religion, or live very far away from the rest of the family, most people will stick with the funeral homes they are most familiar and comfortable with.
By far the easiest way to select a funeral home for your loved one is to talk to them before the need arises. To remove any additional stress from the situation by pre-planning or pre-arranging your funeral is by far the best way to ensure all your family's needs are met without causing any undue hardship.