If you are in a situation where you need to make funeral arrangements, you might find yourself thinking about the differences between locally owned and corporate funeral homes.
There are a number of benefits to choosing a local funeral director over a large corporate entity. In this article, we highlight some of the issues you need to consider when choosing a funeral director.
We hope that this information assists you in making the right decision for your family.
When you deal with a family owned funeral home, the focus is always on you, not on the bottom line. Unlike a corporate business, an independent funeral home is not influenced by stock market trends or answerable to shareholders. Conducting funerals and assisting families in their times of need is a lifelong passion for us, and one that our team is incredibly privileged to carry out.
A local funeral director can offer you the personal service that will make organising an appropriate and respectful tribute to your loved one an easier process.
As Queensland’s oldest and most established funeral home, our family has been helping local families to honour their loved ones since 1840. We are extremely proud of our heritage and the meaningful long-term relationships we have cultivated within our community.
Planning a funeral can be a very trying time and the last thing you need to worry about is: ‘Do I have enough money to pay for it?’ However, money worries can often surface, particularly if your loved one had not made arrangements for a prepaid funeral plan.
The benefit to local funeral homes is that their compassion towards financial burdens at these times of need is genuine. Unfortunately, the government administered Funeral Benefits Scheme does not meet the full cost of a funeral. As a community focused Funeral home, and as a gesture of goodwill, in these cases we will match the benefit paid to help make up for this shortfall.
The decisions made in corporate funeral homes are often made by a board of directors with no real ties to the people they serve. Our genuine links to the community stretch back for generations. This gives our funeral directors a greater appreciation of local concerns, customs and traditions, allowing us to stay responsive to your individual needs.
One of the advantages of consulting with a local funeral home is the strength and consistency of values that is naturally more present in a close-knit organisation.
The owners of the company seek out the very best people to partner with us in carrying out this important work. Every member of our dedicated team shares our ideals surrounding family, trust, integrity and responsibility.
Should you have questions about funeral planning, prepaid funerals or anything else you wish to clarify, our caring staff will be more than happy to advise you. The team at Alex Gow Funerals in Brisbane welcomes all of your enquiries.