How to choose a funeral director

It takes a special kind of person to be a funeral director. Weaving together the colourful threads of the life that has ended, helping to express the true nature of the person and giving voice to the loss felt by those who loved them, funeral directors play an extremely important role in helping to support families at their greatest time of need.

But how do you go about choosing a funeral director?

Golden Charter has the largest network of independent funeral directors in the UK, many of which are long-standing family-run businesses, giving you the widest possible choice.

Using the expertise gained from generations of experience, the independent funeral directors we work with provide guidance, support, care and a compassionate and personal service to the communities in which they operate.

The death of a loved one is often a difficult and traumatic time for family and friends of the deceased, and an important role of the funeral director is to provide them with emotional support.

When you take out a funeral plan with Golden Charter, we’ll appoint a local independent funeral director on your behalf. Or, if you have a funeral director in mind, we will make every effort to ensure that they are able to accept your plan - although this is not always possible. We believe it’s important that your last wishes are carried out and that your family receives a genuinely personal service when it really counts.

With a range of plans and payment options available, pre-paid funeral plans are an affordable and convenient way to arrange funeral essentials in advance. And, as an added benefit, all Golden Charter funeral plans come with a Will included to ensure you can make all of your wishes known.

Depending on how you wish to pay, plan holder funds are either paid into the Golden Charter Trust or to one of the UK's leading life assurance companies, where your payments are protected and are guaranteed to cover the cost of the funeral director's services included in your plan.

Owned by and run for the benefit of independent funeral directors, surplus profits are used to increase funds available to the funeral directors to cover additional costs.

When you require the services of a funeral director, you should turn to a local independent funeral director.

For more information on arranging a funeral plan with Golden Charter, allowing you to choose from more than 3,300 independent funeral directors across the country, visit www.goldencharter.co.uk or call 0800 111 4514.