Did you know that the cemetery is separate from a Funeral Home? It’s okay if you don’t because most people don’t realize this. When death occurs, it is the responsibility of the Funeral Home to make the necessary arrangements with the Family, Rabbi, and the cemetery. When a large corporate owned cemetery such as Sparkman Hillcrest and Restland Memorial Park place a Funeral Home on the property of the cemetery, it creates a built-in assumption that the Funeral Home is a package deal with the cemetery plot. However, this isn’t the case. Whether the Funeral Home is located on the cemetery property, or it’s located miles away doesn’t make a difference as to whether or not the services are completed in a seamless manner.
In addition, many of those Funeral Homes charge a considerably higher amount of money. They are relying on families making that assumption that they have to call that particular Funeral Home because that’s where their plot is located. When families meet with those Funeral Homes they feel as if they don’t have any other choice and accept the high prices given to them for the services.
Often times your “higher end” Funeral Homes will try to justify their outrageous costs claiming they use only the best when in fact, they are probably selling the same merchandise as the Funeral Home down the street that is charging several thousand dollars less. In addition, you might find much better customer service, personalized attention, and care working with a small Jewish owned and operated location like Dallas Jewish Funerals.
In order to help make a better decision consider pre-planning your funeral service. There are many benefits to doing this including locking in your costs and having the difficult decisions taken care of in advance. This really gives you the best opportunity to shop around to make sure you are doing what’s best for you and your family.