It is a funeral director's responsibility to ensure that a funeral meets the wishes of the family. He will ensure that the funeral is appropriate, dignified and carried out in a professional manner. He will also ensure that each element of the funeral complies with the law.
A funeral director will help you with the practicalities of arranging a funeral and the following is a list of the things you might expect your funeral director to take care of. It isn't exhaustive, and all funeral directors offer their own distinct services.
As a general guide your funeral director may:
- Move the person who has died from the place of death to their premises, or your home if you’d prefer
- Provide help and advice on matters relating to death
- Provide appropriate facilities for families who wish to view the person who has died
- Ensure paperwork is in place to allow burial or cremation to take place
- Arrange repatriation overseas for burial or cremation
- Arrange to transfer the body to another area of the country for burial or cremation
- Help you arrange a date and time for the funeral. The funeral director will contact the church, crematorium/cemetery and the person you would like to conduct the service. He will agree a time convenient to all that meets your wishes
- Place notices in local newspapers, and ‘thank you’ notices following the funeral
- Order floral tributes on behalf of families and friends - and care for any floral tributes left with the funeral director prior to the funeral
- Accept charitable donations on the family’s behalf, and record names and details of the donation
- Provide appropriate vehicles and trained staff to enable the funeral to proceed with dignity, and in accordance with your instructions.
- At the funeral, to arrange any music you have specifically requested and distribute Order of Service sheets
- Arrange for the disposal of remains after cremation
- Offer caskets to suit individual choice and a range of budgets
- Help you arrange a pre-paid funeral plan