Following the death of a loved one in your family, you'll frequently find yourself trying to choose the funeral home in your city that will host the visitation and service. During this process, you can meet with a funeral director at each of your prospective choices to express your wishes and get an overall feel for the premises and staff at the home. This series of meetings also gives you an opportunity to ask a number of questions that can help you make up your mind. Be sure to ask these three questions before choosing the right home.
Will The Home Suit The Deceased's Religious Affiliation?
Certain funeral homes are more aligned with certain religions; other homes warmly welcome people of all faiths. If faith -- or perhaps a lack thereof -- was a strong value in the life of your late family member, it's important to assess how well each funeral home you visit will suit this situation. If religion was central to the person's life, confirm what appropriate decor items can be included around the room you'll be using at the visitation and service.
Is There Adequate Parking?
Funeral homes typically have large parking lots, although those in major metropolitan centers may often rely on street parking. Whatever the case, it's important to talk about the parking situation if you expect that the funeral events will draw a large group of guests. Try to estimate the approximate number of people who will be paying their respects and then ascertain if the funeral home can accommodate this many vehicles. If not, does it have an alternative solution? For example, some funeral homes with limited parking ask some of their guests to park at an off-site lot and ride in a funeral home shuttle that travels between the lot and the venue.
Are There Adequate Private Rooms?
If you expect the mood at the funeral to be particularly sorrowful, such as can often be the case when a person passes away at a young age, the family can often benefit from having a private room near the service room in which to gather and support each other, as well as have a few minutes of privacy. Ask to see the room and consider whether its size and features will suitably accommodate your family members. Small matters such as this one can make a big difference on the day of the funeral, when the stress is high and a quiet moment can be exceedingly welcome.