Funeral Directors are like any other professional or businessperson…those who charge the least intend to do the least, they cannot afford to do otherwise.
It is positive that we see more and more service providers being transparent with their pricing. Being transparent with pricing is of little value if the provider is not also transparent with their process or offering.
I generally do not provide my insights on other service providers, yet in the age of technology it is so easy to hide behind attractive prices and comforting words on a website or social media. The experience around saying goodbye to a loved one will impact you negatively or positively for the rest of your life. Therefore, who you choose to assist you in a time of grief is critically important. I respect every family’s right to choose and sincerely offer my honest counsel gained over 39 years in funeral service.
A national online cremation provider boasts about not having any form of facility, mortuary, transfer vehicle or personal contact. Every task associated with your loved one’s transfer and cremation is outsourced to third parties. I am therefore skeptical when such an offering speaks of the loved one being ’transferred into our care’ and ‘our highly experienced team carry out a simple cremation’. Such a provider is in no way invested in the process just invested in the online sale.
The Burstows offering to the family choosing unattended cremation
Our unattended cremation choice is as important as any offering we provide. We have put in place a sequence of services that our experience, and the very best grief experts believe are best practice in providing the necessary long-term benefits for those who grieve.
Leading therapist and author Dr. Alan Wolfelt says “remembering the past is the very thing that eventually makes hoping for the future possible. Mourners’ lives will open to renewed hope, love and joy only to the extent that they first embrace the past.”
Spending money is never a measure of one’s love. We are committed to help people find the choices that are right for them be they beautifully simple and uncomplicated or an occasion that requires significant planning and direction. Choices that will embrace reality and remembrance, honouring and celebration. An experience that will help you begin a healthy journey of healing grief.