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 Nathan and all at Penrose, I just wanted to thank you for the sensitivity, care and respect you showed my Grannie yesterday. She looked amazing and I’m sure you caught a glimpse of her incredible 100 years as my dad spoke at the grave-side. You don’t have an easy job but I hope you know how grateful people are that you do it so well.

Your manner and conduct was gentle, considerate and supportive, thank you for all you did to make yesterday so special. You have been given the gifting and attitude needed to help bring peace and blessing during difficult circumstances. May you know God’s peace and blessing as you continue to serve others in this way, Thank you

Cally (Winnie’s Granddaughter) - Oct 2016

I really can’t thank the team at Penrose enough for the beautiful funeral they managed for my dear husband Fred. Especially Nathan for helping us plan the day with such care and dignity.

I met Nathan’s dad Jeremy for the first time when he arrived with the cortege to collect us from home. Immediately I felt totally at ease with this charming charismatic gentleman leading the service perfectly from begining to end.

Thank you so much

from Georgie

Georgina Bateman - February 2020

To all at Penrose Funerals,

Just to let you know how much your kindness means, a huge thanks, you done us all proud. I cannot speak highly enough of you all. On behalf of ‘Doris Davis’ (service 30th Jan 2020 @ 1.40pm) we thank you from our hearts.

Kind regards,

Tracey Williams, Keith and family - February 2020

Many thanks for your expert care in helping to make Barbara’s funeral on the 11th so perfect and so memorable

Sue Verran - April 2019

Please accept this small token to show our appreciation for all that you did for me and my family as we said our farewell to Gary. In spite of the appalling weather you all provided an excellent service.

Thank you so much

Shirley Hamilton and the family - December 2020

Nathan and Jeremy, Thank you so much for waiting for me tonight, I really appreciate it. I’m so pleased I got there to see mum, she looks lovely and looks like she’s just having a lovely sleep. I love that she is holding all the photos and roses close to her, that is a lovely touch, thank you. I will most definitely be recommending your services.

Maggie - July 2017

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

Dear Nathan,

I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the caring way you helped me plan my beautiful mum’s funeral. As it is a time of terrible loss and sadness I cannot think of anyone else who could have made it more bearable. Thank you so much and God Bless you.

Eleanor R - August 2017
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