According to experts, if you are deciding on funeral services, make sure to ask what is not included in the quoted price. CBC Marketplace and Toronto Star recently found out that staffs from funeral homes run by a large Canadian chain are promoting expensive package deals with big mark-ups.
Josh Slocum, a consumer advocate and executive director of US-based Funeral Consumer Alliance advises people to discuss plans with the family and know what type of funeral services fit their budget. Even if the death has just occurred it is important to compare quotes from at least 3 or 4 funeral homes in order to find the most cost effective.
According to industry insider Shane Neufeld, people should always ask the funeral director what is not included in the quoted price. Always insist on written quote with corresponding signature because there are funeral homes wherein the quoted price does not include expensive extras like the casket, burial or cremation.
In many instances, families think that they have to decide immediately because the body has to be moved upon the time of death. If the person dies in a hospital, there is sufficient time for the family to decide on which funeral service to use. If the body has to be moved immediately, it is important to establish what the funeral home will charge in case a transfer will be made later on.
If the grieving family has to make the funeral arrangements, it makes sense to bring along a friend or someone who is not emotionally involved on the death. They are in a better position to help in making decisions because they are not vulnerable.
Neufeld also advises people to ensure that they are dealing with a licensed funeral director and not someone who will be earning a commission from the funeral home.
At Sydney funeral services, the funeral director will be on hand to help in the choice and preparation of funeral arrangements. Funeral directors understand that grieving families need all the support and help they can get during the saddest moment in their life. Assistance will be provided to ensure that all details will be taken care of.