Death is the last chapter of a life story. Although it can be emotionally painful for surviving family and friends to bear, it can also be an experience of increased love and perspective to lay a loved one to rest. Fortunately, amid the tragedy of your loss, there are compassionate funeral and cremation providers in Atlantic Beach, FL that stand ready to help your family in their time of grief.
How to Choose a Funeral Service Professional
There are many qualified funeral homes in our area that are competent at what they do. This service industry requires directors and their staff to meet certain standards through certification and licensure as experts in their mortuary services practice. But like all industries, every provider has their strengths and expertise. That’s why it’s important that you choose a provider that will uniquely meet the needs of your family and departed loved one. For this reason, we always recommend our customers do their homework by asking questions about several of the most important things:
Services: Find out which services a particular funeral home is offering to the public. Almost all providers will provide full-service funeral and burial, but not every provider can offer in-house cremation care. Other funeral homes are experts at planning and conducting services that require military honors. Still, others specialize in the needs of a particular ethnic or faith community.
Pricing: The law requires every funeral practitioner to provide a published price list to those who request it. This benefit enables you to quickly compare the cost of services for every provider you interview. Every provider will compete differently, so this point of differentiation can help you identify good value for the particular services you need.
Experience: If your family and deceased loved one have cultural or traditional funeral preferences, be sure to find out whether the funeral home you are interviewing has experience handling such services. Most funeral and cremation providers in Atlantic Beach, FL are particularly adept at those services that are most requested by the communities they serve, but are not as well versed in less common cultural practices. It’s a good idea to ask about any ethnic, religious, civic, or military services that your family and loved one would wish to observe.
Venue and Facilities: If your family is utilizing the funeral home itself for services, be sure to walk through and consider whether the venue will meet the needs of the family and community that may gather for the funeral or memorial. Is there enough space and seating in the funeral chapel? If you plan to offer any refreshments or luncheon, is there a banquet hall and kitchen available for meal staging? Do you need any digital media services for music or video display sharing pictures of the deceased’s life?
Personal Touch: Funerals are poignant and personal by their very nature. Unfortunately, without a good care team to help direct the preparation of services, a lack of knowledge about the deceased can lead to a very impersonal funeral experience for their gathered family and friends. This oversight can cause the experience to be more hurtful than helpful. Ask the director about their process of personalizing a funeral. How will they help you to create a funeral service that truly honors and remembers the life of your loved one?
Professional Connection: Talking with a funeral director and their staff can give you a feel whether they are a good fit for the job you need them to do for your family. As you ask your questions and learn about their services, take a mental note of your interactions with them. Do you communicate well with them? Are they a good listener? Are they caring and sympathetic to your family’s loss?
High-Quality Funeral and Cremation Provider in Atlantic Beach, FL
Ferreira Funeral Services at Beaches Memorial Park understands that every individual is one of a kind, and every family has their unique preferences in how they wish to honor their fallen loved one. Some families may wish to hold a traditional funeral where the deceased is lovingly embalmed and groomed for a final viewing with their family and friends before a funeral service is held and a graveside committal ceremony. Other families may want to hold an alternative service such as cremation care and a memorial remembrance for their loved one before scattering their ashes in a meaningful place.
Whatever your family decides, our team of funeral and cremation care professionals in Atlantic Beach, FL are ready to help your family to honor the life and memory of your loved one in the way you desire. Ferreira Funeral Services at Beaches Memorial Park is located at 1500 Main St Atlantic Beach, FL 32233. Our phone number is (904) 249-1166. Call us today to find out how we can serve your family.