Local Funeral Homes are Here to Stay!
What's in a name? In the funeral industry, name recognition is very important. People tend to trust names that are recognized and highly regarded in their neighborhood. When larger companies acquire some of the smaller, family-owned funeral homes, they tend to keep the original name because of it's selling point. People often choose funeral homes that they've heard of or previously visited and are likely to return to one that has provided service in the past.
When death occurs in the family, the initial call (after most family members), is to a funeral home. Many feel comfort in talking with a funeral director whose business is on Main Street - not Wall Street. They trust him and his staff to conduct the service in a personal, but professional and affordable manner.
The same sentiment is echoed by many funeral homes across the nation. Many funeral directors feel that because they operate in the community, they have a deeper understanding of the needs of the people in the community. Having this closeness, allows for a deeper level of caring and compassion in the families time of need. This in turn has people returning to use their services again, and not having the funeral home be a one time service provider.
Being a one time service stop is certainly not a concern at many of the funeral homes. Many funeral homes keep files which contain historical data on past funeral arrangements prepared for the family. People tend to identify with the funeral home - their longevity and continuity and the peace of mind they offer. They seem to understand that the funeral home will take the time through the families toughest hours and not rush the process.
The services funeral homes provide includes everything from guiding the family through all the necessary issues to making referrals if the deceased is a veteran. Some also offer the option to use video showing photos of the loved one as a living tribute. Many families feel that the local funeral home listens, is flexible, and executes the wishes of both the family and the deceased.
Because of these qualities, it seems that the neighborhood funeral home will continue to do well for a very long time, despite the efforts of acquisition groups, which seek to purchase cemeteries and these funeral homes. Also, the funeral home's commitment to the family and to personalized service will keep them in the game despite the fact that some of the products such as caskets and urns can be purchased for less thru volume discounts by distributors and merchants. Funeral homes are designed to provide not only an affordable, personal service, but a funeral experience for the living.See the funeral home database. or use the map below to find a local funeral home in your area.
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