Searching for a local funeral director is not something you day every day and hopefully not one you will need to do very often.
Unless someone recommends a funeral director to you, your first job will be to go online or if you prefer the more traditional Yellow Pages, but how do you choose?
Firstly when searching online make sure you are in the right place, you may search something like "funeral directors town name", just substitute "town name" for your town. When you get the results it's worth making sure you that you select either a recognised organisation such as the National Association of Funeral Directors NAFD (who are the main funeral director trade body that has over 80% of the UKs funeral directors as members which is a positive endorsement) or the name of a local funeral director's company.
Or you can use the funeral director directory that we have created which includes all NAFD and SAIF members all in one place making searching easier.
Hopefully you will find a company that you have heard of even if you have no personal experience of them. If you are looking for a local funeral director's because you have just lost a loved one then whilst it's not a very nice job, ideally you should contact 2 or 3 to get several quotes to compare - you might be surprised at the large difference between them.
Funerals aren't cheap with the average cost around £3,702 in the UK in 2015, but this will depend on where you live and whether you arranging a burial or cremation. A burial will be more expensive particularly if you have to purchase a plot.
If your loved one has made their funeral arrangements known this can save a lot of guess work as to the type of service they wanted, but if they haven't hopefully you will have known them well enough to give them the send off they would have wanted.
You should also check to see if they had purchased a prepaid funeral plan as this can save a great deal of emotional and financial stress; if you are unsure you should check their bank statements and financial paperwork, the main funeral plan companies are Golden Charter, Coop Funeralcare, Dignity, Avalon, Perfect Choice, Golden Leaves, Funeral Planning Services, although there are several other smaller companies.
Don't be embarrassed about shopping around for funeral quotes, frequently people only contact one company and feel as though they should be selecting one of the more expensive options provided by the funeral director, unless you want this, don't be afraid to choose a less expensive option after all your loved one is unlikely to have wanted you to break the bank on their funeral.
You may wish to start the conversation with the funeral director by telling them that you are contacting a few local directors to get some quotes as this may result in them sharpening their prices.
Finding a local funeral director when you have just lost someone is never an easy task, make a strong cup of tea and take a deep breath and try and approach it like you would other significant purchase, you are likely to be spending over £3,000 so shopping around could save you money.
If you are reading this article and aren't looking for a local funeral director right now our advice will be to look into it sooner than later. You can even pre-pay for yours or a loved one's funeral many years ahead which could potentially save you money by freezing the cost at today's prices and more importantly approach it more pragmatically as you will not be feeling emotionally drained.
Here is a list of some of the largest towns and cities, just click on the link and it will take you to the local funeral director search.
funeral directors leeds
funeral directors liverpool
funeral directors northampton
funeral directors cardiff
funeral directors belfast
funeral directors london
funeral directors bournemouth
funeral director swindon
funeral directors plymouth
funeral director glasgow
funeral director edinburgh
funeral directors southampton
UK funeral directors
There are some new websites cropping up that are capturing funeral director reviews from people like you that have arranged funerals but these are in their infancy and unsurprisingly not many people are willing to provide reviews having just said goodbye to a loved one.
Funeral Advisor is one of the first sites and you can click here to see their reviews.