CHOOSE HOME WITH CARE
MY first piece of advice, whether you are thinking of your own funeral or that of a loved one, is to do your research, choose your funeral home and arrange a visit to discuss your wishes.
Visit a couple of homes before making a decision.
In England and Wales to date, the funeral profession is unregulated and unlicensed which creates a huge variation in premises, services and bereavement understanding.
It is not compulsory to be trained, qualified or a member of the National Association of Funeral Directors.
In my opinion there should be a national standard that provides, protects and helps grieving families. Sadly there are many unregulated funeral homes with little or no understanding of the protocols which are so important to those who are suffering from shock and grief.
Make sure that the funeral home you use is a member of The National Association of Funeral Directors.
They set the examination standard for our profession and as members we have to adhere to a strict Code of Practice which includes guidelines for waste management.
Anyone can call themselves a Funeral Director but this does not mean they are trained or qualified and this lack of regulation gives freedom for unorthodox practice.
Our Government needs to protect the dead who cannot speak for themselves.
You need to know to whom you are entrusting your loved one and your emotional recovery too.
A funeral is not just a financial transaction. It is about so much more than just the cheapest quote.
All professional funeral homes provide a basic option for those who find themselves in a restricted financial situation, but proper care and support are still your right. Funerals are not just about the disposal of a dead body. They are emotionally significant and ritualistic experiences.
It is your right to have a good quality of service at a fair price.
Do not be afraid to ask questions, view premises and compare facilities, staff experience, training and knowledge.
Funeral premises should provide an environment that honours the dead and provides comfort for families.
Even if that means travelling a few extra miles. It is only by demanding proper facilities and services that we can protect and respect those we have lost. Lianna Champ
L Champ Funeral Services Clayton-le-Moors