Benefits of Independent Funeral Directors

It’s odd but often it’s hard to tell a truly independent family funeral director from one which is merely an office of a large national company. Everyone knows that the Co-operative has a funeral business but what people don’t often realise is that both the Co-op and their main rival Dignity buy up independent businesses and then continue to trade under the name of the existing business. It’s not until you experience the attention to detail, the personal attention from the owners and the sheer dedication and pride in their service that locally owned businesses provide that the difference becomes obvious.

Independent family owned companies carry out the majority of funerals in the UK and the combination of many years of expertise and being focused on their local community means that local firms can deliver a truly personal service appropriate to your needs.

Many local firms will have been owned by the same family for several generations and will have built up a reputation for services and for the highest standards. Most will be members of one of the main trade associations and will have fully qualified staff able to deal with all your requests. It’s important to look to see that a funeral director is an accredited member of either SAIF, the National Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors or the NAFD, the National Association of Funeral Directors. Both Organisations rigorously audit and measure the services and qualifications of their members ensuring that the highest professional standards are maintained at all times.

You should ensure that your funeral director is a member of one of these organisations. You can check by referring to the trade organisations' websites at: