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Why you need a partner, not a provider, when choosing the right funeral home

Choosing the right partner means you can concentrate on what is most important—gathering with friends and family to honour of a loved one.

Making funeral and cremation arrangements can be a difficult task because of how many choices there are to be made. One of the most important first steps is ensuring the funeral home you’ve selected will help you through the entire process.

Finding a funeral home you can trust

Arranging a funeral service isn’t something people do every day. It’s essential to seek out a provider that will offer guidance and information to help make a difficult time a little easier. This way, you can concentrate on what is most important—gathering with friends and family to honour of a loved one. Take the time to research the options and benefits available to you. Your final decision may be based on personal recommendations, location, pricing or other meaningful factors to you and your family.

What to look for in a provider

The funeral home you choose should help you design a meaningful memorial that truly reflects the details of the life it represents. Whether you are in need of immediate assistance or are interested in learning more about advance-planning options, be sure to look for these basic characteristics:

  1. Qualified and caring professionals that will take the time to listen to every detail, address your concerns and work within your budget. Ensure each provider shows that they can help you plan a funeral or memorial service with professionalism and compassion.
  2. A funeral home with a good reputation within your local and business community and with grounds, roads and buildings that are in good condition.
  3. A full-service funeral home that provides a wide range of service options. From catering to cremation remembrance, they should offer options for every belief at any budget.
  4. A funeral home that adheres to the law by distributing a clear, itemized list of prices for products and services offered.

When is the best time to get started?

Whenever possible, it’s beneficial to begin researching funeral homes in your community before the time of need. Finding the right funeral home and making arrangements in advance can ease the emotional and financial burdens for your loved ones. It can also give you valuable peace of mind knowing you’ve found a provider that will carry out your wishes just as you envisioned. By planning ahead, your funeral home professionals can help you coordinate every detail of a memorable final tribute. 

To help families get started, Dignity Memorial® providers in the Halifax area offer a free Personal Planning Guide, a valuable planning tool where you can record and organize your final wishes. In it, you’ll find many questions that you and your family may not have considered that can help determine how a funeral home can best support your family. 

Request a planning guide today. Visit today to find the location nearest you. 

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