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How to Choose the Right Funeral Home

Published: August 22, 2022
by John L. Ziegenhein and Sons Funeral Home

There are several funeral homes in St. Louis, MO, so finding the right one for you can be challenging. But it doesn’t have to be. This guide contains tips to help you find the best funeral home for your specific need and save money.

Know what you want

The right funeral home for you may not necessarily be the best local funeral home. A funeral home may be ideal for burial, but not for cremation, or vice versa. So, the first place to start is knowing the services you want.

The available options are many: traditional burial, direct burial, traditional service with cremation, and direct cremation are just some of several service offerings.

Do your research, consult your family, and settle on how to honor you or your loved one. When you have a clear picture of the kind of ceremony, move on to the next step.

Decide on a budget

Having a set budget will help weed out unnecessary services. It’s also an opportunity to learn the market rate for specific funeral services.

More importantly, it will help you narrow your options. Say your budget is $5,000 for a traditional cremation, and there are over ten funeral homes in St. Louis. The budget will trim those options to funeral homes whose pricing fits within that price range.

This is an essential step in choosing a funeral home, as it’s an avenue to compare prices and determine the level of quality to expect. That way, you will know if your budget is too low or high for the funeral services you desire.

Inspect and narrow your options

Now that your options are down to a handful of choices, it’s time to get physical. Call each location to ask questions related to the service(s) you want, such as —

  • How many people can their facility hold?
  • Do they own a crematory? How long does it take to return the ashes?
  • How easy is it to reach their location by car?

Think about the important questions that apply to your desired services. If you’re satisfied with the answers, schedule an appointment to inspect the funeral home in person.

While there, observe the staff. Pay attention to their demeanor. Are they taking their time to answer your questions? How are they interacting with you?

Remember, a funeral home is supposed to alleviate your stress. The staff should be eager to help, respectful, and compassionate. Look out for these qualities when you visit.

It’s also not a bad idea to check online sources like Yelp, Google Reviews, and Better Business Bureau. Talk to neighbors and colleagues for personal references.

Make the arrangements

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By now, you should have one or two leading options. Choose the one you like best and call the funeral home to begin making arrangements.

If the funeral is not immediate and you’re preplanning for yourself or a loved one, fill out the funeral home’s pre-need planning form. If you can afford it, prepay a deposit to lock the plan in place.

Finding a funeral home for you may be time-consuming. Still, the effort is worth it if you want a satisfactory final farewell.

To make your search easier, it helps to start with a competent funeral home in St. Louis, MO, with decades of experience. Call us now to speak with our funeral director or schedule a visit.

John L. Ziegenhein and Sons Funeral Homes South County Chapel
4830 Lemay Ferry Rd
| Saint Louis, MO 63129
Tel: 314-894-8444
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John L. Ziegenhein and Sons Funeral Homes South City Chapel
7027 Gravois Ave
| Saint Louis, MO 63116
Tel: 314-352-2600
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