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Funeral Consulting

Americans are in denial about death.

Even if a loved one is on his/her death bed and everyone knows it, if the loved one wants to talk about his/her funeral plans,someone in the room will resist. "Now now, Aunt Fannie, we won't discuss anything that negative because you are going to get better!"

So, when Aunt Fannie dies the next day, or the next week, the family still has no idea what she wanted in the way of a funeral or memorial service. The family must now go to the arrangement visit, perhaps numbed by the loss of their loved one, and make many financial decisions.

When asked, around 85% of all funeral directors cited 'emotional overspending' as the key reasons funeral cost so much. Why? Because we wait until the absolute last minute to even consider funerals. Also, since we usually do not have the 'guest of honor's imputs, we tend to overspend to avoid family arguments.

But who can the consumer turn to for information on funeral options and costs? Until now, just to the funeral home staff ... and you know that would be a conflict of interest. The clergy has a nodding aquaintance with the funeral industry, but as a rule are no better versed in cost containment than the average consumer.

What consumers need is a third party; someone who has taken the time and energy to research the local funeral establishments and who knows what can be had where at what price. Someone who will be their advocate in this process. This is where consumers' consultants enter the picture.

What we do. Funeral consultants can NOT arrange a funeral per se, unless they happen to also be a licensed funeral director. Instead, a funeral consultant acts as a mentor or advocate, walking the family through every step of the arrangement process and explaining options and costs availabe at each step. This enables families to make more informed decisions in planning their own or a loved one's funeral.

Consulting is NOT a get-rich-quick scheme and is not for everyone. Unless you honestly care for families and hold their best interests at heart, you really shouldn't consider consulting.

As a consultant you must visit each funeral home, cemetery, crematorium, stone yard, etc in your area, collect their price lists, and LEARN what is available to your clients. We can help with this via the forms and software that comes with our start up kit.

The Start Up Kit comes with a wide range of items to help you launch your consulting career, gather your market data, advertise your services, and conduct the actual consult. Using our software, you can sit at the family table, in your office, at the hospital, or even over the phone and fill in the planning information, then print it for the family in a nice, cogent form. To see what all is included, CLICK HERE.

If you think funeral consulting might be something you'd like to try, give us a call at 877-427-0220 and let's discuss it, or simply email us by clicking HERE. Thus far we've trained over 40 priests and bishops, dozens of other clergy, nearly two dozen ex-funeral directors (who want to be on the other side for a change)and countless hospice nurses, insurance agents/brokers, and other caring individuals. Some are consulting as part of their regular jobs and others have gone into business for themselves.

A good living can be made doing this, but perhaps even more satisfying than the money is the feedback you get from families you help; you aren't just building a client base, you are making friends. Make enough friends and your business will thrive from referrals alone.

Going In Style — Funeral Consulting

If consulting with families sounds like something you, or someone you know, might be interested in, visit this link to learn more about this opportunity. This is a much needed service and a chance to help yourself while helping others.

 
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