Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to know if your local funeral director is independent, especially if you’re not familiar with the funeral industry.
Most people are not aware that the well known funeral brands in Australia are owned by the big funeral chains. This means that there’s a good chance that most of the funeral brands you’ve heard of are owned by one of these companies.
It is quite common for the big funeral chains to operate under old family names and not change the look of the premises after the funeral home changes hands.
So don’t be deceived by a family name above the door – it does not necessarily mean they are independent. Often, large publicly listed companies will use family brand names on their signs, because they know customers will be more inclined to trust them, and they often use the reputation of the family name.
In this article we show you the things you should consider, if you a searching for a family owned and independent funeral director in your area.
Look for a company name
One good way to tell if a funeral director is independent is to look for a public owned company name, such as InvoCare (IVC:ASX) or Propel Funeral Partners (PFP:ASX). You will most likely find it in the bottom corner of the advertisement and at the bottom or top of paperwork. This will tell you if the funeral home works for you or company shareholders.
Check their eziFunerals profile
All our member funeral homes are independent and are here to help you before, during and after your time of need. We work together to ensure that consumers receive honest, transparent information and the best possible standard of service at the most realistic cost.
Check their website
If they are an independent funeral director, it may be prominently displayed on their website. You can find a link to their website by simply visiting eziFunerals.
Ask the question
You should also be able to find if your funeral director is independent when you visit the funeral home. If you’re unsure, just ask! – ‘Who Owns Your Funeral Home?’.
So make the right choice and get value for money by selecting an Australian, family owned and independent funeral home to conduct the funeral.
eziFunerals supports individuals and families cope with end of life decisions, death and funerals. We are an independent, Australian-owned and operated company, and are not a subsidiary of any other corporation. We are not part of any other funeral company.
For more information or to make contact with a trusted Independent funeral director, call eziFunerals on 1300 236 402 or visit www.ezifunerals.com.au.