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 advice 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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If you wish to talk to one of our funeral arrangers about our services please get in touch.
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Testimonials

Dear Penrose team,
We need to let you know we appreciate how kind, compassionate and professional you were and to say thank you for giving the best care and send off to my nan, Barbara

Your services gave me and my family comfort and faith in such an awful time.

Again, thank you for all you did!

Natalie Wilson - December 2023

Dear Brendon, Nathan, Jeremy and all at Penrose,

I write to thank you all for your very excellent arrangement of Denzil’s funeral. Your calm, clear and efficient directions before, during and after the service have guided us through every stage. We are very grateful for all you have done for us at this sad time for us all.

I think you may have gathered that Denzil was a very special man!

With Warm Regards

Wendy Watson and Family - Feb 2021

To all at Penrose

Thank you so much for making a terrible day more bearable, you all acted with the utmost respect and support from beginning to end.

Keep up the good work,

Nicola and Kevin - July 2020

Dear Nathan, Jeremy and everyone and Penrose,

Thank you so much for looking after my son – Thomas Street – while he was in your care. The past few weeks have been so distressing but you made organising the funeral so much easier than I thought it would be.

I am especially grateful for the visits that you organised for me, especially the final one. I am also very grateful to Jeremy for your kind words on the day of the service.

I am so pleased that we chose to bring Tom to you. You have made my darkest times a little brighter.

From

Claire – and all of Tom’s family - March 2020

To everyone at Penrose,

Thank you for making this process easy for us. You are all kind, caring and wonderful people.

Thank you xx

Martin, Nigel and Melanie - Oct 2023

Dear Penrose team,

We just wanted to say thank you for being so kind and giving the best care and send off to my dad, Paul Bentley,

Your services gave me and my family such comfort and direction in such an awful time.

Again, thank you,

best wishes

The Bentley Family - Nov 2023

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
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