Funeral preparation involves coordinating important services making sure that everything is delivered on time and at a high quality. Anyone who has lost a loved one understands how stressful the preparation and actual funeral can be. This is why most people depend on the services of a funeral director to take care of the process from beginning to end.
A funeral director will take care of all the services involved in arranging a funeral including the coordination of different organisations, as well as supporting and guiding the family. The funeral director will have to personally get in touch with service providers in order to complete the planning of the ceremony. Since you are paying for professional services, a funeral director will have to ensure that all the wishes of the family have been delivered according to their expectations. Here is a breakdown of the detailed role of a funeral director.
Prior to the funeral
Before the funeral services, a funeral director should assist with the following tasks:
- Moving the body of the deceased from the hospital to the funeral home, or depending on the preference of the family, the deceased may be left at home instead.
- Secure the necessary facilities needed for the viewing if it is the desire of the family.
- Take care of preparing and drawing up all the paperwork needed such as the death certificate.
- Help the family with choosing coffins or caskets that are within their budget.
- Arrange for having the death published in the local newspaper obituary.
These are only a few of the pre-funeral responsibilities of a funeral director.
During the funeral
Once all the preparation has been completed, the funeral director should then take care of the following responsibilities on the actual day of the funeral:
- The funeral director should make sure that all the details involved in the funeral service honour the wishes of the family.
- The funeral director also takes care of arranging musical choices for the service, ordering all the floral arrangements, securing vehicles for guests and family members, catering and venue for after the funeral, among others.
- The funeral director should also help the family collect donations and other forms of tribute from attendees at the funeral.
When you have a funeral director assisting with all the preparations for the funeral, you feel less-stressed and you can focus more on grieving for your departed loved one. To find funeral directors in your area, you can use an online service provider that will get you in touch with someone near you.
To a certain extent, the funeral director can also have additional responsibilities that extend beyond the day of the funeral. For example, the funeral director of your choice can also help with finding a location for scattering cremated remains. A funeral director can also lend a hand in writing and sending out thank you cards. In some cases, a funeral director can also help with the transfer of remains from a different part of the country or with repatriation.