The funeral is a ceremony of proven worth and value for those who mourn. It provides an opportunity for the survivors and others who share in the loss to express their love, respect, and grief.
Why are funerals so expensive?
In some respects, funerals are a lot like weddings or birthday celebrations. The type and cost will vary according to the tastes and budget of the consumer. Not only that, a funeral home is a 24-hour, labor-intensive business, with extensive facilities (viewing rooms, chapels, limousines, hearses, etc.), these expenses must be factored into the cost of a funeral. Moreover, the cost of a funeral includes not only merchandise, like caskets, but the services of a funeral director in making arrangements; filing appropriate forms; dealing with doctors, rabbis, newspapers and others; and seeing to all the necessary details. Contrary to popular belief, funeral homes are largely family-owned with a modest profit margin. Although today, many are owned by large corporations.
What exactly does a funeral director do?
Few people realize the extent of a funeral director’s role. It begins when we are first called, and ends when the wishes of the family are fully met. They oversee much more than most people might think. First, they are responsible for knowing and following strict laws. Because of past abuses by those in the “death care” industry, funeral directors are required by federal law to be very up front – from their very first encounter with a potential family – about what services they provide and what their charges will be. They are required to present all who inquire about their services with a “General Price List” that discloses what they are set up to do for a family and the prices they will ask. Creating, presenting, and adhering to this price list is a big part of a funeral director’s job. This requires much knowledge of the death care industry and, specifically, current knowledge of laws and other issues that are always changing within their local jurisdiction.
Aside from that, funeral directors are both caregivers and administrators. In their administrative duties, they make the arrangements for transportation of the body, complete all necessary paperwork, and implement the choices made by the family regarding the funeral and final disposition of the body. As caregivers, funeral directors are listeners, advisors, and supporters.
We are a business, and as a business we are established to make a profit to pay our employees, our bills, and general overhead expenses. We admit that. More so, we are funeral directors because we believe in the value of a funeral to a family.
You Can Never Go Back and Do It Over
Some say it’s harsh to remind you of this, but we know we must. We want you to honor your loved one in a way that allows you to look back, years from now, and be thankful that you did the best you could to honor their life. Creating a ceremony that calls together the hearts and minds of all who loved them is a gift to everyone involved. A gift of memories, a gift of healing…a truly priceless gift of peace-of-mind.