Posted on: 7 September 2016
Death may be an unavoidable part of life, but it is all too common for the people who walk into your funeral home to be faced with a sudden and unexpected burden of paying for loved one's funeral and burial. Losing a relative can be stressful in itself, let alone having to come up with money to pay for their services. Therefore, as a funeral director, it is always a good idea if you have some helpful ways to ease your customers' financial burden. Here are a few ways you can do just that.
Help families create a crowdfunding platform online.
Crowdfunding is one of the more modern ways to raise money for just about anything, and a funeral is no exception. The best part is, crowdfunding is easy thanks to so many already available platforms online. You could simply direct family members to websites where they can set up a crowdfunding campaign, or you could take a few minutes to help them set up a page to gather donations. You can also share the website of the crowdfunding campaign on your personal website along with the deceased's obituary.
Create a business relationship with local finance companies.
Stop in and talk to a few of the local finance companies and let them know you would be interested in streamlining the loan application process for your funeral home customers. Some may give you loan applications that can be filled out at the funeral home during a consultation and then faxed or emailed to the finance company for approval. With this kind of information already available, your customers who are struggling to come up with a way to pay funeral expenses will be delighted to see you are providing them with another option. Plus, allowing them to fill out an application for a loan right in your office will be a huge relief.
Get to know many suppliers so you can pass along savings where possible.
The different things required to hold a funeral can be costly. If all you offer is components strictly from one supplier, you will be limited in how much you are able to help your customers come up with an affordable package overall. It is best to get to know many suppliers to better serve your clients. For example, do your research to find out about all the different casket suppliers available. Check into local suppliers like Elmwood Casket Company, those that offer handmade or basic designs, and wholesale distributors.Share