Who are undertakers, and why are they needed? Navigating the grief process after the loss of a loved one can be challenging, especially if you have to plan the funeral. While occasionally there have already been funeral preparations made, other times you will need to plan and make selections.

An undertaker is someone who can assist you with this process. Undertakers offer a wide range of services that go much beyond planning the funeral and arranging some flowers. They assist with the legal procedure, can support you at the funeral, and can organise an occasion that honors and is a lovely memorial to your loved one.

Undertakers, often known as funeral directors, organise every aspect of the funeral for the deceased’s family. In addition to managing legal paperwork, they plan memorial services, prepare the body, organise pallbearers, and arrange transportation to crematoria or graveyards. In addition to carrying out the administrative tasks, undertakers offer consolation to mourners.

Undertakers Responsibilities May Include:

  • Assisting customers while outlining service funeral alternatives and packages.
  • Getting the body ready, could involve embalming and applying funeral makeup.
  • Organising a coffin, flowers, transportation to the cemetery, and getting in touch with cemeteries or crematoria to arrange for the opening and shutting of graves.
  • Making contact with religious leaders, planning services, and informing mourners of the locations and timings.
  • Collecting data from family members and managing all legal paperwork.
  • Writing and publishing obituaries with care.
  • Ensuring that all funeral flowers and decorations are correctly placed, and that friends and family are welcomed and escorted to their seats.
  • Funeral programme and confirming funeral specifics with family members.
  • Arranging food and drink for all mourners and graciously responding to any inquiries.
  • Updating client accounts and data, among other administrative responsibilities, and making supply purchases.

How To Pick The Best Undertakers

One of the first considerations you will need to make when organising a funeral is which undertakers to choose, whether you are doing it in advance or are in the situation of having to act fast after a loved one passes away.

This guide will walk you through the process and provide you with some ideas for what to consider when choosing a funeral director because this significant decision has many implications for your finances, your mental health during a trying time, and ultimately your final memories of your loved one.

1. Decide on a funeral budget

Many of the choices you and your family will have to make as you get ready to say goodbye to a loved one will be heavily influenced by your feelings. We advise that you and your family talk and establish financial boundaries upfront because of this.

Most funeral homes may request payment before or right away after the funeral so they can make payments to vendors and other parties on your behalf. Find out which family members are best suited to make those payments as your initial financial decision.

If the deceased had a funeral plan then the funeral plan provide should permit their family to release cash from the deceased’s plan. In these situations, a getting a funeral plan in advance is definitely a great idea.

List the things that are essential to your family

After you’ve organised your finances, it’s a good idea to talk with close family members about the type of funeral service you want to plan. This may frequently include combining the wishes that your loved one may have communicated orally or in a formal written statement with any cultural, religious, or family customs that will comfort people who assemble to pay their respects.

2. Do some research and price comparisons

Once you have a list of your top priorities, you can start exploring your possibilities. Since most funeral homes have websites, you ought to be able to discover important details about:

  • The Services offered
  • Assurance of expertise
  • Social proof from satisfied customers or friends
  • How they invest their profits

3. Compile a shortlist

You can find yourself with a number of choices that seem to meet the needs of your family. Try to reduce the list to two or three companies at this time that appears to offer the ideal combination of services, reputation, and pricing possibilities.

At The Funeral Market, our prices are 50% lower than the national average so using our service means you will be saving on your funeral cost.

There is only so much information you can get by reading about the amenities a funeral home offers, which brings us to the following step.

4. Talk To The Undertakers

You will have already learned a lot about each undertaker on your list by this stage. You can get a sense of intangible aspects like your relationship with the undertakers personally—do they make you feel at ease? By talking to them.

Do they provide thorough and clear explanations? Are they cordial and competent? Do they eagerly answer your queries and aggressively pay attention to your concerns?

The Funeral Market have been awarded the Feefo Gold Trusted Service Award in 2022, and are committed to providing the best prices. We also continue to be the leading trusted service provider.

5. Make your choice with conviction

Your choice ought to be relatively simple by this point. You now have all the proof you require that the funeral for your loved one will honor and reflect their legacy and that you will be handled with care and empathy.

There are worse ways to locate an undertaker than by selecting the one who makes you and your family feel cared for, safe, and secure. If all else fails, learn to trust your gut.

6. Make your plans official if you're preplanning

More and more people are opting to make their own advance, pre-paid funeral arrangements. Most people believe that by doing this, their families’ financial and mental burdens will be lessened when they pass away.

This is a wise and considerate decision that will probably be valued as your family begins their path to recovery. If you have made this decision, make sure you formally record your plans and inform the pertinent family members.

By doing this, you can be confident that your wishes will be honoured and that everything will go off without a hitch.

The Funeral Market has a network of local funeral directors covering the whole of the UK, so you can rest assured.