What to Look for in a Funeral Director

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You could compare choosing a funeral director to choosing a wedding planner – except that when planning a funeral you don’t have the luxury of time to be too selective. Moreover, you will be overcome with grief and sadness which will also make the decision more difficult. You will need a funeral director local to you or where the deceased lived, which also needs to be taken into account. If you’re ever in the position where you need to select a funeral director to help you plan a funeral, here are some tips to help you make the right decision.

Check they are a member of an official body

Like most industries, funeral planners are governed by official bodies and any good director will be a member of these organisations. In the UK, the two main bodies to look out for are The National Association of Funeral Directors and The National Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors. If a funeral director is a member of a governing body, they will have to meet industry standards and put your interests first. You can search for local members of these organisations on their websites.

Price comparison

The price of a funeral shouldn’t have to be a consideration, but unfortunately it is for many families. The costs of funerals keep on rising, so if you’re worried about your current financial situation then you should compare prices of a few different funeral directors. Essentially they all do the same job, so why pay more? Funeral directors fees make up the bulk of the total funeral cost.

Make sure you feel comfortable

To make an informed decision, it is important to have an initial meeting with the funeral director. They are hired to take the stress out of planning a funeral, so make sure you feel confident with their services. If you visit their premises, have a look around and check you feel comfortable with having meetings here, and choosing this place as the final resting place for your loved one before the funeral. The staff should make you feel at ease – if they don’t look elsewhere. You should never be forced into making any decisions or signing a contract before going away to think about it, and comparing with other funeral directors.

This decision is a tough one because it has to be made almost immediately after the death of a loved one – and there is no time to examine the funeral companies as much as you’d like. If you need further help choosing a funeral director, you can always ask around in the local area for recommendations.


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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

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 [email protected] 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.