Traditionally, funeral homes were selected by families because they had served the family for generations or because they were noted for catering to a certain religion. While many still select funeral homes based on their religion or relationship with the family, that paradigm is shifting. Families are more mobile today. Many are deciding on cremation as opposed to burial. Religious restrictions and affiliations have lessened. This leaves many wondering who to choose as a funeral home in time of need.
Here are some important factors to consider.
How Long They Have Served Their Area
One of the biggest indicators of how well a funeral home treats the families it serves is the length of time they have been in business. The fact is funeral homes provide an extremely important and personal service. They are also a business. One who has been in business for an extended period of time is more likely to be able to serve your needs and meet or exceed your expectations.
Final decisions can be very emotional. You want to choose a funeral home who doesn’t take advantage of this difficult time. There is absolutely nothing wrong with noting prices of various funeral homes, but you may not want to make it the final factor. Choose a funeral home that is competitive without promoting itself as “cheap”.
Positive Reviews and Testimonials
As a society, we used to rely on the recommendations of family and friends. Today, that has shifted to online reviews and ratings. While some reviews can be tainted by individual rare negative experiences, they also provide an excellent guide to who is exceptional and who doesn’t quite meet expectations. Reviews and testimonials are usually not priced based. This means people are just expressing their level of satisfaction. This can be a solid place to get an idea of what to expect from the funeral home you may be considering.
Exhibits Empathy and a Professional, Caring Attitude
If you find anything off-putting about a funeral director you are considering, you may be best served by moving on. You want a funeral home that reflects your values, understands your feelings and your wishes. You want a caring team that demonstrates empathy both in your loss and with your budget.
Planning a funeral is seldom without stress. You’ll want a funeral home that you can communicate with easily, one that is available when needed. You shouldn’t feel like you are being steered or facing resistance to your wishes. You certainly want a funeral home that will answer your questions, even if they may seem naive. Choose a funeral home you can feel comfortable asking “What about?”, “Can we?” or “Would it be alright if…?”
Fares J. Radel Funeral Homes has been serving the Greater Cincinnati area for over 125 years. We have built our business on serving families for generations. We personally know many of the families we serve, but are equally honored to serve those we meet for the first time.
Fares J. Radel Funeral Homes is price competitive. We make no claims to be “cheap” or “the cheapest”. Our focus is arranging respectful, memorable funeral services your family can be comfortable with and proud of…no matter what your budget.
We pride ourselves on our positive reviews and online ratings. You’ll find us communicative. Perhaps, most of all, you will find us empathetic to your situation.
Choosing the right funeral funeral home is a deeply personal choice. We would be proud if you would consider us, at Fares J. Radel Funeral Homes and Crematory of Greater Cincinnati.