When you have the death of a family member, one of the people you will come in direct contact with is a funeral director. If you have never had to deal with this issue, you may not understand what the role of a funeral director is compared to the other members of the staff. Here are a few things to understand about the role of a funeral director in regards to your loved one's service.
One of the main roles of a funeral director is to consult with the family to arrange any funeral details. These funeral details can range from the basics of the funeral including if you would like just a graveside service or if you would like a chapel and graveside service. It can also deal with obituary wordings, which newspapers you would like the obituaries to run in and even plans for the headstones. During this consultation, the funeral director can answer any of your questions regarding the funeral service and the process of that service.
Scheduling of the Service
Once the service has been arranged and all of the details have been ironed out, you will need to move on to scheduling. Your funeral director has the role and responsibilities of scheduling the funeral. This does not include just the chapel and graveside service. This includes all of the scheduling including burials, transportation of the body, flower deliveries to the funeral home as well as to the graveside and other specific aspects of the funeral that involve specific scheduling. They will also discuss with you these schedules and determine which times would be best for you on what days.
Overseeing the Funeral
There can be some confusion about what a funeral director does when it comes to the funeral itself. There's a misconception that the funeral director always handles the funeral service. In most cases, this is not true. In fact, many families decide to use their own pastor, priest, rabbi or Iman. Overseeing the funeral, for the funeral director, means that they make sure everything runs smoothly. They are there to help you with greeting, seating and with all aspects of the funeral to ensure everything is operating as it should.
One of the best ways to look at a funeral director is as the administrator. They are the ones that handle all of the behind-the-scenes aspects of the funeral so that you do not have to worry on the day of the funeral. If any adjustments need to be made to the funeral, they will also handle those adjustments as well and will discuss the options with you.
Reach out to a local funeral director for additional information.