The emotional upheaval when facing a major loss can be overwhelming. As families struggle to cope with their grief, funeral directors step in to assist in funeral planning and alleviate the burden. They help to manage every step of the final farewell and provide compassionate guidance for grieving families, from organising the funeral service to handling the casket services. With consistent support offered, this can provide great comfort in hard times while ensuring the deceased receives a proper, dignified send-off.
Let’s take a closer look at how funeral directors can help you.
When a death occurs
Funeral directors play an integral role from the moment a death occurs to the conclusion of the funeral service. Before the deceased is transferred to the funeral parlour, a few things will take place including sanitary washing, embalming preparation, dressing, cosmetology, and hairdressing. This will be carried out according to the respective funeral rites and religious traditions. Thereafter, the deceased will be placed in a casket and transported to the wake venue.
Help with the logistics
The paperwork process for arranging a funeral can be unfamiliar and difficult to understand for most people – funeral directors can help you get through the legal aspects of the funeral such as getting the permits for holding the wake from the relevant local authorities. They can also help with the booking of burial or cremation slots.
Funeral planning involves different aspects, from handling flower arrangements, transportation, to booking of funeral parlours and priests. Funeral directors typically provide funeral packages that offer to be a one-stop service, so you can have everything arranged with only the funeral director as a point of contact. They will also explain the funeral process clearly, share the formalities required, and let you know what are your available options. This will help you to make informed decisions so there is no cause for uncertainty or regret down the line.
Assist families emotionally
While funeral directors provide their expertise and knowledge to arrange the funeral, they also offer emotional support to grieving families. It is not uncommon for families to be highly emotionally over the passing of their loved one. A funeral director will respond with professionalism and provide help to their problems sensitively. They also listen attentively to fulfil any needs and requests, especially to successfully direct a funeral.
As they know that families depend on them for their wealth of knowledge in funerals, they are also constantly learning and acquiring knowledge to keep in touch and up-to-date with various funeral customs, such as Buddhist funerals. Funeral directors work with a sense of responsibility in the level of quality services provided to assure grieving families – it is important to get things done right the first time because there will only be one final send-off and that should be honourable for the deceased.