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Page 24, The Saline Courier 2020 How-To-Choose Guide Sunday, August 9, 2020 How to Choose.. the perfect funeral home I t's never comfortable to think about making funeral ar- rangements for a loved one, but it's wise to think ahead so you can be clear-headed and deliberate when it's time to make dif- ficult decisions. Most people do not have a lot of experience planning funerals and have to learn as they go. Funerals are costly, prices can vary dramatically and your emotion can sometimes cloud the decision-making process. Here are some things to think about before your time of grief, so you'll be able to make the wisest choices possible under difficult cir- cumstances. The first order of business will be to determine if the deceased has made any funeral arrangements and whether they need to be altered due to changes in circumstances. Even if no arrangements were to weed out funeral homes that might should patiently answer all of them. not have impeccable reputations. It's also helpful to think back on funerals thing. Ask about hours for viewing. you have attended and the impres- sions you had of the funeral homes in cremation services, what is included, home that fits your family's needs. your community. Without referrals, you may need to shop around. Start with an Internet search, choose three or four funeral burial or cremation arrangements. Ask for written estimates for every- If there are other relatives or friends involved, sit down with them in-house services versus off-site, and compare notes, finding a funeral made, ask family members and close friends to determine if the deceased and the cost of extras and special Stay within your budget and do not allow yourself to be pressured into extras you don't need or can't afford. made any specific wishes known. If possible, those wishes should be respected. If the deceased had any pre- arrangements with a local company, contact them. Be aware that pre- arrangements purchased years ago may no longer cover the cost of the funeral or represent the later wishes requests. The Federal Trade Commission requires funeral homes to provide customers with a price list. If you feel the deceased's family is authorized Let the funeral home know who in homes that seem to fit your needs, and make a visit to each one. It might that the casket prices at your chosen be helpful to take a close friend or relative along. Cost is a major concern for most to make decisions. Be very specific about the arrangements, and speak funeral home are too high, you can buy a casket elsewhere without being up if something is not being done ac- subject to additional charges. Once you have decided on the funeral home and type of service, the expertise to guide you through the next step is to get the paperwork in order. Your funeral director can help cording to your intentions. A good funeral home has the of the deceased. In this case, don't families. Ask the funeral director about the basic fees. Ask about the be afraid to shop around to see if you can find a more suitable arrangement, services they offer and any payment or to make adjustments as necessary. To find a funeral home, ask friends, Don't make any decisions on the spot. navigate the necessary forms and per- time of bereavement, a little legwork relatives and pastors for a referral. Getting a good referral is a good way process and to ensure the funeral runs smoothly for everyone. In your arrangements that can be made. Ask lots of questions and take notes. Funeral home personnel mits. You will need to obtain copies of can head off hasty decisions you may death certificates and make the actual regret later. Page 24, The Saline Courier 2020 How-To-Choose Guide Sunday, August 9, 2020 How to Choose.. the perfect funeral home I t's never comfortable to think about making funeral ar- rangements for a loved one, but it's wise to think ahead so you can be clear-headed and deliberate when it's time to make dif- ficult decisions. Most people do not have a lot of experience planning funerals and have to learn as they go. Funerals are costly, prices can vary dramatically and your emotion can sometimes cloud the decision-making process. Here are some things to think about before your time of grief, so you'll be able to make the wisest choices possible under difficult cir- cumstances. The first order of business will be to determine if the deceased has made any funeral arrangements and whether they need to be altered due to changes in circumstances. Even if no arrangements were to weed out funeral homes that might should patiently answer all of them. not have impeccable reputations. It's also helpful to think back on funerals thing. Ask about hours for viewing. you have attended and the impres- sions you had of the funeral homes in cremation services, what is included, home that fits your family's needs. your community. Without referrals, you may need to shop around. Start with an Internet search, choose three or four funeral burial or cremation arrangements. Ask for written estimates for every- If there are other relatives or friends involved, sit down with them in-house services versus off-site, and compare notes, finding a funeral made, ask family members and close friends to determine if the deceased and the cost of extras and special Stay within your budget and do not allow yourself to be pressured into extras you don't need or can't afford. made any specific wishes known. If possible, those wishes should be respected. If the deceased had any pre- arrangements with a local company, contact them. Be aware that pre- arrangements purchased years ago may no longer cover the cost of the funeral or represent the later wishes requests. The Federal Trade Commission requires funeral homes to provide customers with a price list. If you feel the deceased's family is authorized Let the funeral home know who in homes that seem to fit your needs, and make a visit to each one. It might that the casket prices at your chosen be helpful to take a close friend or relative along. Cost is a major concern for most to make decisions. Be very specific about the arrangements, and speak funeral home are too high, you can buy a casket elsewhere without being up if something is not being done ac- subject to additional charges. Once you have decided on the funeral home and type of service, the expertise to guide you through the next step is to get the paperwork in order. Your funeral director can help cording to your intentions. A good funeral home has the of the deceased. In this case, don't families. Ask the funeral director about the basic fees. Ask about the be afraid to shop around to see if you can find a more suitable arrangement, services they offer and any payment or to make adjustments as necessary. To find a funeral home, ask friends, Don't make any decisions on the spot. navigate the necessary forms and per- time of bereavement, a little legwork relatives and pastors for a referral. Getting a good referral is a good way process and to ensure the funeral runs smoothly for everyone. In your arrangements that can be made. Ask lots of questions and take notes. Funeral home personnel mits. You will need to obtain copies of can head off hasty decisions you may death certificates and make the actual regret later.