Planning a funeral is a difficult time for families. To ease some of the stress, we recommend comparing funeral homes before the immediate need for funeral services. If at all possible, consider pre-planning a funeral to help make the process go smoothly by making your wishes known and alleviating some of the financial burden for family members. We understand that funeral pre-planning or even comparing funeral homes ahead of time is not always possible, however. Here are some tips to keep in mind when hiring a funeral director, and remember: Never be afraid to ask questions.
It may sound a little odd to “shop” for funeral homes, but comparing prices and services of local funeral homes in person is a great place to start. Funeral homes are required by law to provide you with a general price list (GPL) itemizing the cost of products and services the funeral home offers. Funeral directors are required to show you a GPL for products, such as caskets or urns, before showing you the items themselves.
If you prefer to compare prices and services over the phone, understand that the requirements are slightly different. Funeral homes are required to provide you pricing information only if you ask for it, so don’t be afraid to get specific with your questions to understand the total cost. Many funeral directors would be happy to mail you a GPL so you can review it in the comfort of your own home, but federal law does not require them to do so.
Iowa Funeral Planning funeral homes offer a variety of services in the Des Moines, Waterloo, and Cedar Falls areas. We are committed to the families we serve and will work with you to commemorate the life of your loved one within your budget. For even more affordable funeral services in Des Moines, we recommend Brooks Funeral Care and Brooks South Town Chapel. With a chapel and a cemetery onsite, we’re able to pass on the cost savings to you for funeral and cremation services.
If doing business with someone local is important to you, make sure you confirm with the funeral home if it is locally or nationally owned. There are many funeral homes that appear to be family-owned, and perhaps they were at one time, but they could have actually been acquired and are now owned by a national corporation.
All of Iowa Funeral Planning’s funeral homes throughout the state are family-owned and family-operated. We’ve been serving the communities of Des Moines, Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Traer, and Dysart for decades and will continue to put the needs of Iowa families first.
Don’t be afraid to ask the funeral home what licenses and memberships they maintain. In fact, state law requires that funeral homes, funeral directors, crematories, and cemeteries obtain and consistently renew their licenses in order to do business. If a funeral home fails to provide you with proof of licensure, do not conduct business with this funeral home. Working with a funeral home you trust is of utmost importance, which is why we also recommend seeking referrals from close friends and family members.
All Iowa Funeral Planning funeral homes and funeral directors have received and continue to renew their licenses from the Iowa Department of Public Health’s Board of Mortuary Science. You can search the public database or ask your funeral director about what licenses our funeral homes have secured. To learn a bit more about what it’s like to work with Iowa Funeral Planning, read some of our testimonials.
Planning a funeral is an emotionally taxing time, which is why hiring a funeral director can help ease some of the legal and organizational burdens. If you live in Central Iowa, we have several Des Moines funeral homes to provide you not only with cremation and funeral services but also guidance and emotional support.
Iowa Funeral Planning also has funeral home locations in the Waterloo and Cedar Falls area. As with our central locations, our Waterloo funeral home is committed to providing affordable funeral services and emotional support for grieving families. We also have a funeral home serving the Traer and Dysart communities.