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

To all at Penrose Funerals,

Please accept my thanks for the sensitive and professional way in which you carried out my mother’s funeral arrangements. My brothers and I were also extremely happy with the way everything went on the day.

Thank you

Simon Jarvis - April 2020

Thank you so much for making Brian’s funeral so special, he would have loved it. I cannot thank you enough for all your care and compassion through a very difficult time.

Janet C - Sept 2016

Thank you so much on behalf of my family for the lovely funeral of the late Miss Pamela Gl…er.

Thank you

Mrs C. Bibby and Family - April 2020

To Nathan an all staff at Penrose

Thank you for making the worst day of my life bearable.

The difficulties I faced arranging a funeral for my beloved husband were made easier with your empathy, compassion and professionalism, particularly considering the added pressure during the Pandemic.

Love always

Tina Arthur – wife of Geoffrey Arthur - August 2020

Thank you so much for Mum’s send off, you showed such empathy and compassion, everything was done with such respect and dignity, we are so pleased we left our Mother in your care.

Thank you once again

J Noonan and L Wheele - January 2017

I cannot begin to tell you how impressed I am with your care, your thoughtfulness and the profound dignity with which you conducted the service. You have been impeccably professional from start to finish… Thank you

Steve Meeks - July 2018

We would just like to say thank you for looking after Maria Dulieu and everything you did for us as a family. For all the care and attention you gave right to the very last detail.

Everything was done with such respect and military precision, we cannot praise you enough.

Best wishes to you all

Sue England and Family - December 2020

To Jeremy, Nathan and everyone involved with our father’s funeral. We would like to express our deepest thanks for all you did after the loss of our dear husband/father. Your kindness and professionalism were incredible. The fact that you all wore ‘silly socks’ without prompting blew us away! You are all very special people, Thank you again

Kay, Matt and Sam - November 2016
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