What is the role of a funeral director?

May 22, 2017   //   No Comments

It might seem a strange question to ask with an obvious answer. However, the role of a funeral director and their responsibilities may be greater than you think…

The first thing that comes to mind when you think about the role of a funeral director is that they organise funerals on behalf of families and friends after they have lost a loved one.

However, if you haven’t had to organise a funeral before, you may be surprised by how much there is to think about. The main elements that need deciding are:

  • Cremation or burial?
  • Choice of venue i.e. church or crematorium?
  • What type of service is appropriate?
  • What type of hearse and are limousines required?

But there are also other areas to consider:

  • Choice of flowers or donations?
  • What music should they play?
  • What about the reading or any personal tributes?

For many people, it can be quite overwhelming having to make all these decisions during the difficult time of bereavement with concerns about what their loved one would have wanted.

Your funeral director is there to help you every step of the way from planning, organising and arranging all of these different elements of the funeral. They can also offer their advice and clearly explain the different options to help you make your decisions.

All SAIF members follow a Code of Practice and are dedicated to providing a high quality and professional service to everyone who walks through their door so you can have completed confidence when speaking to them about planning a funeral. They will also go out of their way to fulfil the wishes of your loved ones, whatever they may be.

As independent funeral directors, SAIF members are also often family run with expertise passed down from generation to generation so they can help you with all aspects of the funeral.

However, the role of the funeral director goes beyond organising the funeral. They are also there to provide emotional support and guidance during an incredibly difficult time. Discussing funeral arrangements for a loved one is a very personal experience and our members pride themselves on their friendly and personable approach to make you feel as comfortable as possible.


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You can also download a free copy of our ‘five things to do before you die’ booklet to help you record your funeral wishes.

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