Comparing Funeral Homes: How to Choose the Funeral Home That Best Fits Your Needs
How can you plan a funeral with confidence?
If you’ve ever arranged a funeral service in Cleveland, or the Greater Cleveland area, you probably have some understanding of the number of choices funeral planners in the region have regarding funeral homes. I wouldn’t be surprised if you felt more than a bit overwhelmed by the sheer number of funeral homes that you could choose from – most individuals in the region have between seven and 12 funeral home options within a radius of just a couple of miles! But perhaps you would have been less surprised by the volume of funeral homes if you knew that the Cleveland and Akron area ranks 8th in the country for number of funeral homes, above cities like Atlanta, Miami, and Seattle, with about 300 funeral homes.
If you don’t have a personal connection to a funeral home or funeral director, what should you, as a funeral planner, do when faced with all these options – in Cleveland or anywhere else?
Look online for a list of your local funeral homes
We know that more and more people are using the Internet to gather information before making both large and small purchases, so I might start there. There are a number of funeral home directories that list area funeral homes. While those will not provide you with price or service quality information, they will help you become more familiar with the funeral homes in your area.
Compare funeral homes – online
If you are interested in understanding which funeral homes in your area fall into your budget and which funeral homes provide the best service quality, consider using the Internet to compare your local funeral homes. Presently, eFuneral is the only online service that enables funeral planners to do such a comparison – funeral planners may browse funeral home profiles on eFuneral.com to see pricing information, reviews, and more. From the privacy of your own home, you may then compare the funeral homes in your area based on whichever criteria is most important to you – be it price, ratings and reviews, service offerings, or location.
Talk to your friends, colleagues, and local funeral directors
If you are pre-planning a funeral service and have more time to make burial or cremation arrangements, consider taking some time to ask others for their advice. Friends and colleagues who have been through the funeral planning process may be particularly helpful. And funeral directors can answer your questions relating to the goods and services they offer, the prices they charge, as well as their professional experience.
While the task of choosing a funeral home will never be easy for a Cleveland resident, or a resident of any other city, I hope the tips above will help simplify the process for you. If you are interested in more tips on planning a funeral or memorial service or guidelines for planning a burial or cremation service, check out eFuneral’s online resource section.
Do you have any additional advice for funeral planners? Leave your tips in the comments area below!
Leah Yomtovian Roush is the Senior Manager of Strategic Development for Cleveland, Ohio-based eFuneral, a comprehensive and free online resource that enables those thinking about end-of-life to research, plan, and arrange a wide variety of funeral-related services. Leah is the editor of eFuneral's Online Resource Center, and she manages the company's marketing efforts and develops strategies for company growth. Leah also serves on the Boards of multiple non-profit organizations, helping them expand their reaches and increase their impacts.