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How to choose a funeral provider

Find out what to look out for to make sure you choose the right funeral provider for you.

 

What to look for in a funeral provider

At Simplicity, we understand how difficult it is to choose a funeral provider. Because a funeral is an emotional and sensitive service, it should only be carried out by a provider you feel comfortable with. In choosing a funeral home or cremation provider, you're trusting them to deliver the service that your loved one would have wanted.

There are lots of types of funerals, funeral providers and funeral packages to consider. From direct cremations to a more traditional service such as our attended funeral, it can be a lot to take in. 

We've noted some important questions to ask a potential funeral provider, which they should not be afraid to answer transparently. 

 

Questions to ask a funeral provider

Do you have the right mortuary facilities and transport?

There are many providers that will offer a direct cremation service, but they do not all operate to the same standards or include the same services.

To ensure that your loved one is treated with the utmost care and respect, we’d advise you to choose a funeral provider with an established history and the right facilities.

Many providers will only collect the deceased from a hospital or coroner’s with a significant charge to collect from anywhere else. This usually denotes a lack of facilities, nationwide or otherwise.

At Simplicity Cremations, we bring your loved one into care at one of our high quality mortuary facilities, where they will be prepared, dressed and cared for until the day of cremation.

We also ensure that our staff are professional and highly trained. We only use specialised vehicles for transportation.

 

What’s included in the funeral costs?

Make sure that you know exactly what you're paying for and why. 

 

Is the cremation fee included?

This can be an extra cost of up to £500 if not.

 

Is the service available in your area?

Some providers do not operate within Scotland or outside of a certain radius (this is usually a radius of a few miles around the provider). Our services, however, are available throughout mainland Great Britain.

 

Are there extra fees for mileage?

There could be costs per mile added to your bill if the body is resting outside of a certain radius. We won't charge you extra fees for mileage, because we have facilities nationwide.

 

Are there charges for bariatric clients?

Bariatric clients often require larger coffins and specific facilities in order to accommodate their needs. You could be charged around £250 for this. Simplicity Cremations do not charge anything extra where a larger coffin is required.

 

Are doctor’s fees included?

These cost around £164 and many providers do not include these. At Simplicity, we do. 

 

What about choosing no funeral?

You may find it tricky to find a funeral or cremation provider that has a 'no funeral' option. At Simplicity, we're happy to meet this request with our direct cremations. 

 

Why choose Simplicity as your cremation provider

Apart from our friendly team of telephone-based advisors, we also boast:

- Transparent pricing
- A choice of funeral package to suit your loved ones' wishes
- 24/7 helpline
- GriefChat bereavement advice service
- A promise to treat your loved one with the respect and care that they deserve

 

If you'd like to know more about how we can help, browse our funeral services or alternatively, contact us

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