Top Ten Mistakes to Avoid when choosing a Cremation Provider
- Don’t rush to make a decision.
Unless the loved one has passed at home, there is no reason to hurry to make a decision. Simply make a decision within 24 hours from the time of passing.
- Don’t assume that all cremation providers own, manage, or monitor the crematory.
Some funeral homes use third party crematories and in some cases, that is fine if the crematory is monitored by the funeral director and accredited by the National Cremation Research Council, but often that is not the case. Even in cases where the crematory is on-site, poor management can still exist due to poor identification and tracking practices. The best policy is to find an Accredited Trusted Cremation™ Provider.
- Don’t make your decisions based on price alone.
The lowest cost is not always the safest. Use other qualifiers other than price to make your decision.
- If you price compare, make sure you can compare each item fairly.
The Federal Trade Commission makes it easy when comparing cremation prices. Simply ask for the price of direct cremation. If you are choosing a viewing or memorial service, ask for the General Price List.
- Don’t make your final decision over the phone.
We have all experienced this when purchasing other services. You may be given the low price on the phone and the higher cost when you arrive.
- Don’t underestimate the value of meeting the funeral director.
Meeting the funeral director gives you the opportunity to tour the facility, chapel, and if desired, the crematory. You will receive a General Price List at this meeting and the funeral director can give you an itemization of all the charges.
- Don’t overlook the importance of a viewing, gathering, or memorial service.
While choosing direct cremation is easiest, it may not be the best for the survivors. We all have a desire to say our goodbyes and honor our loved ones. Don’t underestimate the value of a memorial service, no matter where it is held.
- Don’t authorize anything until you have made your final decision.
Don’t make the mistake of authorizing any services, including transportation from the location of death, until you have made your final decision.
- Don’t forget to ask about their accreditation and guarantees.
Important! Ask twice about the crematory’s accreditation and guarantees. Funeral directors take great pride in the profession and a professional will understand the value of accreditation and guarantees.
- Don’t forget to ask when and where the cremation will take place.
Knowing where the crematory is and when the cremation will take place is important. Professionals who properly manage their crematory operations, or the operation of the third party crematory, will know the crematory schedule and have no problem disclosing this information.
Nuzum has served as an expert witness on cremation practices, addressed state senate committees on funeral related practices, authored and co-authored funeral rated publications, hosted hundreds of caregiver seminars, served as a guest speaker to consumers, aging advocates and caregivers, been a guest on national radio and has been quoted in the national media on issues related to cremation services.
He holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Organizational Management from Ashford University – Forbes School of Business, where he was magna cum laude.He also holds a degree in Applied Sciences from Ogeechee Technical College and completed numerous courses from the Emergency Management Institute and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
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