At some point in our lives, most of us will make or assist in making funeral arrangements. This can mean making many decisions at a very difficult and emotional time. Funeral directors are there to offer help and guidance during one of life’s most difficult times, but there are things you can do to help yourself:

  1. Be an informed consumer. Don’t be reluctant to ask questions.
  2. Today there are a variety of options to meet your financial needs and wishes. Be sure to discuss all available options before making a decision.
  3. When selecting a funeral director, choose one who is licensed and has a good reputation in the community. NFDA’s Member Directory is a good place to start.
  4. Be prepared! Avoid the burden of making decisions while under emotional stress by organizing details with your funeral director ahead of time. Remember, preplanning doesn’t necessarily mean prepaying.
  5. Plan a personalized ceremony or service to help you begin the healing process. Getting through grief is never easy, but having a meaningful funeral or tribute will help.

Source: National Funeral Directors Association Website