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The Benefits of Local, Independent Funeral Directors Over Corporate Chains
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One of the unexpected side effects of the Covid-19 pandemic is that of the few industries that have not experienced a decline in their business is that of funeral directors. There has been an estimated 63,500 excess deaths in the UK since the virus started to seriously impact on the health of the nation, according to figures from the Office of National Statistics. Many, perhaps as much as 25% of those excess deaths, have been in care homes. It has been an unfortunate and sad experience for many families to have to arrange for the funerals of loved ones well before it had ever been anticipated.
One of the many decisions that has to be made when arranging a loved one’s funeral is whether to choose a locally based, often family run, funeral director or one of the national chain of funeral directors. Choosing the right funeral service is not something that most people have any experience with. It is, for many, something that tends to be avoided and yet when a loved one dies, all of us want to ensure that our relative is treated with empathy and dignity.
The benefits of choosing a local, independent funeral director over one of the corporate services
Most locally based, independent funeral directors tend to be family run. The business may have been owned and managed by the family for generations. The staff may not be family members themselves but are often treated as such. This means that the funeral service that a local funeral director provides is usually quite distinct than that of a national chain service. It is less circumscribed by the need to make a profit and devotes more time and effort in listening to and responding to the needs of the family seeking a funeral for their loved one.
Most local funeral directors know their own community much better than any of the corporates. They will have built up a reputation based on the service they have provided for that community over decades. That reputation is often easily verifiable by word of mouth or via the more modern way by looking for reviews on the Internet.
Most local funeral directors will offer a lower cost service than the chain companies, without compromising on quality. This is because they have less emphasis on profit margins and have fewer overheads.
Local, independent funeral directors are more likely to be trusted to provide a thorough service from the planning stage right through to the funeral itself.
Because local funeral directors are most likely to be based close to where you live, they are also more likely to be prepared to meet with you and discuss any personal needs.
Because most local funeral directors have a long history within the community, they are more able to adjust the funeral planning
Local, independent funeral directors are more likely to provide a post funeral bereavement service. Post funeral bereavement may be part of the overall funeral fee and include memorial services that can be arranged for extended families and friends to gather to commemorate their loved ones after they have been buried.