Funeral Homes: A End and a Beginning

3 Questions To Ask When Choosing A Facility To Hold Your Loved One's Funeral At

Holding a funeral for your loved one is an emotional experience, but there is still planning and preparing that has to be done. One important task at hand is finding a funeral home to hold the memorial at. Here are a few questions to ask when considering a prospective funeral home:

How Many People Can Be Accommodated?

Knowing the capacity of the funeral home you're considering is a good first step in finding out how many guests can be comfortably accommodated during your loved one's funeral. But you should do a little more legwork to make sure that the space won't seem overcrowded once all the guests gather in the space.

Take all of the furniture, the layout of the room, and the length of the funeral in mind when touring the funeral home to get a clear idea of just how many people will be able to comfortably move around and sit down during your loved one's funeral. The funeral home director can give you an idea of how crowded or comfortable the space has felt in the past with a guest list about the same length as yours.

What Kind of Equipment Is Available?

It's also a good idea to find out what kind of equipment will be available for your use during your loved one's funeral. At the very least, tables and chairs should be available so you don't have to rent them from another business. Some other equipment options that may be available to you include:

  • a podium

  • a microphone and speaker system

  • flower bouquet stands

  • a buffet table and serving trays

Ask the funeral home director for a list of equipment options that will be available so you know what you do and don't have to find from another source.

Can Dates and Times Later Be Changed?

While you may know what day you want to hold your loved one's funeral on, things could change when you start communicating with other family members and funeral guests. And the time that the funeral is supposed to start could change for any reason. So you should find out whether the date and time you choose for the funeral can be adjusted if necessary, or if you'll be held to the scheduling you initially request. If there isn't any room for adjustments, you could face problems when it comes time to actually get everyone together to celebrate the life and memory of your loved one.