People often ask me how to find a Trusted Cremation Service Provider. I firmly believe online reviews and referrals from hospice, hospitals, and friends are a sure way to find a provider you can trust.
Families often find themselves at a loss for what REALLY matters when choosing a cremation provider that is affordable. As a licensed Mortician with over 20 years of experience in serving families at the end of life, here’s what really matters.
Miles and miles could separate you from your chosen affordable funeral provider. Do they offer arrangements in your home? Do they offer urn home delivery? These are excellent questions to ask when considering the location of a firm.
If you are selecting a provider based on cost comparisons, Mama always said “shop around!” In the Austin market, there is a very handy tool provided by the Funeral Consumers Alliance called the Price Comparison Survey. There are chapters of the Funeral Consumers Alliance nationwide, so if this handy tool laying out the costs of all the funeral homes in your area is not in existence where you live, a simple phone call to the local chapter will give you an abundance of information, for free.
Not only do their offerings matter, from Flame Cremation to Water Cremation, but the actual service provided to the families they serve should be an important factor when considering a cremation firm. Do they serve their community? Do they offer information without strings attached? Do they put you through high-pressure sales? These are important things to consider that may sway your decision.
The major online players are important here, like Google, Facebook, and Yelp, and trusted in that order. Yelp allows for pay to play companies to hide their lease desirable reviews and often hides 5-star reviews of companies that do not elect to advertise on their platform.
Always be sure when utilizing Yelp to scroll down and select XX reviews not recommended… this will include any and all reviews left by client families Yelp elected not to show. Google by far is the leader in trusted online reviews.
These come from your friends, your family, and those working closely with end of life transitions like Hospice and Hospitals. They will know who shows up- in a timely manner, who delivers on their promises, and who might be the best fit for your needs. The reason referrals are second to reviews is because reviews give a wider look into the spectrum of care the provider offers.
Green Cremation Texas is the state’s first and only environmentally-conscious cremation service provider. We are the highest-rated Funeral Home in Texas. If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact us.