The Growth of the Funeral Director Business
The funeral industry continues to be a hugely lucrative business in the UK, worth around £2 billion a year and rising. Much of the work that is involved in funeral planning and execution is performed by the funeral director and in keeping with the growth of the funeral business, the funeral director profession is also flourishing.
As morbid as it is, funeral directors have a uniquely reliable source of income. The demand for funerals is certainly not depleting, especially given the ageing population we have now become. Further, funeral directors are a fundamental aspect of conducting a funeral. For most people, planning a funeral can be incredibly stressful and emotionally taxing following the passing of a loved one. As such, it is the funeral director’s job to alleviate the pain and worry surrounding the funeral itself by doing most of the planning so that you don’t have to.
What do the Funeral Director’s Duties Include?
Your funeral director is there to support you before, during and after the funeral service itself. They can be as involved and hands-on as you need, and they will always be experienced in dealing with sensitive situations such as death and the aftermath of someone’s passing.
Before the funeral
Prior to the funeral, in the planning stage, the funeral director will meet with you and your family to discuss your needs and desires regarding the funeral. Their duties begin from the very beginning; they may arrange for the initial transportation of the body to the funeral home, and facilitate any preparations for viewings should you wish for the deceased to be visited prior to the funeral.
The funeral director will organise the necessary funeral paperwork that has to be carried out following a death and guide you through the legal or procedural aspects of everything. They will also be able to facilitate the posting of death notices or obituaries in newspapers and the like.
When the formalities have been worked through, the funeral director will then go through the finer details of funeral planning. This includes booking a fleet or transport methods, ordering floral arrangements, liaising with your chosen venue, and inviting guests. Given the personal nature of a funeral, your input is necessary at these stages, but all of the administrative work can be exercised by the funeral director.
At the funeral
On the day of the funeral, most of the hard work has already been done by the funeral director. Their job here is to ensure that all of the plans go smoothly and that the family and friends are well looked after during this hard day. They will be there to collect any donations, guide guests from the service to the reception, and generally help to conduct the day. The funeral director can be as present as you want them to be at the funeral; they are there as a service to you and your guests.
After the funeral
The organisational duties do not end with the funeral itself. After the funeral has taken place, there are still a number of tasks that need to be completed. Oftentimes we are so exhausted from a funeral that we simply want to rest and take care of ourselves and our families after the event. Here is where the funeral director comes in.
The funeral director can undertake the following tasks after the funeral:
- Arranging for ash-scattering
- Transporting the casket or coffin to a location
- Issuing memorial or thank you cards to guests
- Ensuring all legal or procedural documents are sorted
- General support services
How Much do Funeral Director Services Cost?
The cost of paying the funeral director usually makes up over 50% of the overall funeral cost due to the extent to which they are involved in the process and putting the event together. Whilst it is possible to do your own funeral planning, using a funeral director is the best way to ensure that nothing is forgotten and that everything goes according to plan and procedure.
The best way to save on funeral director costs is to opt for a prepaid funeral plan. This way, prices are capped at today’s rate, and you are able to pay either in instalments or upfront for yours or your loved one’s funerals.