How to Find the Right Funeral Director

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Dealing with the loss of a loved one can be a traumatic enough experience without having to organise all of the arrangements for their funeral as well. For this reason, most people choose to hire a funeral director to look after all of the necessary preparations and make sure everything runs smoothly.

With more and more competition in the industry and a lengthy list of expenses to take care of, it can be difficult to know where to begin looking. This handy guide should give you some pointers on how to find the right funeral director for your unique circumstances.


Services provided by a funeral director


The vast majority of funeral directors will provide very similar services, although certain companies may offer different packages and options, or allow you to only choose certain facets of the service. In general, you should expect your funeral director to take care of or help with:

While almost all funeral directors will offer the same services, the quality of that service can vary greatly from one organisation to another. It’s therefore important to make sure you find a funeral director who understands your particular needs and can help make you feel comfortable and confident with the arrangements for the big day.


How to find a funeral director


Many families have “regular” funeral directors who they use every time their services are required. It might be worth talking to older members of the family and other friends to see if they can give you any recommendations. Even if there is a go-to option, it’s still a good idea to look into other possibilities to see if you can get a better deal and a better service elsewhere.

If you live in a small town or village, it might be tempting to simply go with the local director; however, it is again worth shopping around to make sure there are no superior alternatives further afield. If you live in a big town or city, there is likely to be plenty of competition. This is when it can become tricky to whittle down the shortlist and make a decision, but our funeral director comparison tool can help to make your decision that little bit easier.

One thing to keep in mind when searching for a funeral director is to check whether they are affiliated with either the National Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors (SAIF) or the National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD). These official bodies have codes of conduct with which the directors must comply, ensuring quality levels of service.


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Funeral Director fees

The price quoted contains the Funeral Director fees for a simple funeral. This includes:

  • Funeral Director fees for meetings, paperwork and running the funeral
  • Collection of the deceased and care prior to funeral
  • Hearse or appropriate vehicle for transport to the funeral
  • Basic coffin

The Funeral Director fees quoted do not include third party costs (often called disbursements). The Funeral Director will guide you through your options. These costs are:

  • Cremation or burial fees
  • Medical certificate for cremation
  • Clergy or officiant fee for conducting the ceremony

In addition to the disbursements you may want to discuss optional costs with your Funeral Director - these could include:

  • Funeral flowers
  • Memorial (venue hire, catering etc)
  • Memorial headstone
  • Orders of service

What is a Direct Cremation?

A Direct Cremation is an alternative to the traditional funeral. This involves the cremation of the deceased without a funeral service. A Direct Cremation is generally the most economic option because costs of the coffin, preparation of the body, funeral service and expensive transportation are not included. However, many people choose Direct Cremations for reasons other than expense, for example:

  • - Wanting to have a memorial at a different time to the cremation
  • - Expressed desire from the deceased to not have a ceremony
  • - Individuals with relatives who face big physical or geographical challenges in coming together for a ceremony

The prices quoted for Direct Cremations include:

  • All charges, meetings and paperwork for the cremation
  • Collection of deceased and care prior to cremation
  • A simple coffin and urn for the ashes
  • Cremation fees and delivery of ashes to the family

Why is this price Estimated?

We work hard to ensure the Funeral Director Fees we display are accurate and up to date. However, unlike with our partners, we cannot guarantee this price is correct today.


Funeral Choice charity donation

To redeem the £20 charity donation all you have to do is select the charity from the dropdown list in the Make Contact form. Once you have confirmed arrangements with that funeral director send us an email to confirming the service has been arranged. After we receive this email we will make the donation to the chosen charity and confirm back to you.