In our “First Steps” guide we have explained when to contact your Funeral Director and others in the event of a death. Here we want to give a little advise on when it is advisable to begin selecting your Funeral Director.

When to make a decision

It is a good idea to start thinking about which Funeral Director you would like once you become aware of an impending loss. This may be the result of a diagnosis, an accident or clear deterioration in your loved one’s health. At this point you have the time to look around and make a decision without pressure.

If your loved one is taken into a care home or a hospice then it is important that you make a decision about your preferred Funeral Director so that you can inform the home or hospice about who to call in the event of death. This enables the staff and the Funeral Director to run things smoothly and saves you from the need to make practical decisions when you are dealing with a very personal loss.

Take your time

Take your time when choosing a Funeral Director, after all you want to find the best service available and make sure you are comfortable with who will be caring for your loved one. Do not be afraid to visit a few directors and speak to them directly so that you can make an informed decision. Above all do not let yourself feel pressured, after all a Funeral Director should provide the service you request and the information you need without pressuring you into spending more or making a snap decision.

Feel free to talk

In all circumstances you should feel free to speak to the funeral director and let them know your wishes ahead of time. Having a meeting before the passing will not only make it easier for family members at the point of death because they have already met the Funeral Director, it will also allow the Funeral Director to plan for your wishes and care for your loved one as you would want. We are more than happy to take the time to talk things through with you and put your mind at ease.

In Summary

While there is no pressure to choose a funeral director until after a death has occurred it is actually very helpful to have things decided and arranged before this happens. Dealing with death can be a very emotional and disorienting experience so the more you can decide and plan ahead of time the less you need to worry about when it happens.

Planning for you...and your family

It is a good idea to think about planning ahead so that everything is in hand should something happen to you or your partner. This not only locks a funeral to todays prices it also saves family and loved ones from having to worry about finances and other details at a time of deep personal loss. You can see our plan details here or contact us for a personal brochure.

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Testimonials

Good morning Jeremy

A big thank you to you and your team for yesterday, the day went like clockwork (apart from my father in law following the wrong limousine out of the crematorium which raised a few laughs at the wake)

I just wanted you to know how grateful my whole family were, from the first call to the last handshake you were professional and caring and my mum in particular was very happy with the day.
Please pass on my thanks to your staff.
Kind Regards
Mark Steadman - Feb 28th 2020

Dear Jeremy and Nathan,

We would just like to thank you for the exemplary way you conducted Bill’s funeral on September 28th at Basildon Crematorium. Every aspect was just as we hoped it would be. You were always understanding and re-assuring.

Thank you

Jean, Carl and Donna - November 2018

To Jeremy and your lovely team

Thank you for all your support during our hard times. Your team are lovely, kind and so respectful. Many family members commented how lovely you all are.

Best wishes,

Angela Nash and all the family of Arthur Buckley - October 2020

Dear all at Penrose,

Thank you so very very much for the lovely send off for our Peter. I felt like we had additional friends to celebrate his life with. So very pleased we chose the best Much love XOXOXO

Tracey and Family - May 2019

Thank you to all at Penrose for helping both of us through what could have been a difficult time under very trying circumstances.

The caring way you dealt with my Mother, Flossie’s, funeral over the telephone, your kindness in fulfilling all our wishes and the respect and professionalism shown today made it a day we shall always treasure.

Thank you again,

Julie and Martin - February 2021

Nathan, Jeremy and Staff,

Thank you for the excellent job you did helping us to arrange Robert’s funeral on 21st July. Your helpfulness and consideration was much appreciated

Jennifer, Douglas and Family - August 2017

To all the team at Penrose,

Thankyou so much for the dignified way that you conducted my husband’s funeral. It was all I could have wished for under difficult circumstances.

Also for the kind and caring attitude you all had towards myself and my family,

Thank you once again,

Frances Curtis - January 2021

To Nathan and all the team at Penrose,

We would just like to say a big “Thank you” for the care and consideration you gave our dad, Alan. We really appreciated your assistance and attention to detail as this sad time. Your kind support and guidance was a huge help to us.

Many thanks again

The Winch Family - July 2017
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