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Family Funeral Service Consultants Opens for Business –
Provides Cost Saving Funeral Services in Tennessee
Nashville TN, (September 22, 2020) – Family Funeral Services, now open to provide funeral consultation services in Tennessee, is a business that is part of a larger trend sweeping the country. Funeral consultant services assist families seeking guidance on how to attain a funeral service that provides all the emotional support and clear direction, without the exorbitant cost associated with typical funeral arrangements. Rather than relying solely upon a funeral home while in a vulnerable state, proprietors Glen King and Robert King of Family Funeral Service Consultants provides guidance with all necessary processes when a loved one has been lost. With over 70 combined years experience in the funeral business they will meet with the family prior to, or after the death of a family member to help make sure a service meets their expectations regardless of the budget.
As a consultant, Family Funeral Service Consultants role is to prepare family members so they will have all items in order before they are needed in a time of grief. They are available to meet with families before or at the time of death and at the location they prefer and feel most comfortable. They will consult and advise, and if needed, can take care of any and all funeral arrangements. What is offered through these services is an informed perspective with no sales involved from an expert in the funeral industry that truly wants to help.
Glen says, “In the last thirty years, as a licensed Funeral Director, I have learned a lot of valuable information. My focus has always been taking expert and loving care of those when they are in their most vulnerable state. There is not a greater honor than being asked to step intimately into a family, to help in the most trying of situations, to make sense of what is happening and help navigate necessary processes when they have lost a loved one. Our passion is to educate and help families. We want to do this before they are emotionally and financially overwhelmed.”
“My family hired Family Funeral Service Consultants to assist us as we maneuvered through the impending death of a family member,” stated Jeff G. of Nashville. “Glen was amazing to work with during this difficult time. I had no idea there are 130 items that need to be addressed at the time of death. His experience and guidance was invaluable at saving us a lot of money in the process. His compassion and calming presence took so much anguish out of the entire process. I can’t recommend him enough.”
Family Funeral Services provides a range of services including: initial consultation to determine the family’s needs or complete help with funeral home, cemetery and other needs the family may ask of us. For more information and a complete list of services please visit familyfuneralconsulting.com, or call 615-300-9915.
As I attended a close friend’s funeral a month or so ago, I noticed that there did not seem to be many changes in place at this service. Now, as a funeral director, I am abreast of all that CDC posts and mandates that were given initially about funerals and visitations. I also know that CDC’s current recommendations include “COVID-19 does not need to affect whether the funeral takes place through burial or cremation. Wishes of your deceased loved one should continue to be honored.” Those recommendations also go into some detail about observing social distancing while at a funeral, wearing masks, washing hands, not touching multiple surfaces or hugging people if possible.
I also know, many of my peers that have seen many changes with this virus, and how they care for families which is heartbreaking. I sold my funeral home business, and don’t physically go into the building to take care of my families anymore, I remotely work for them and go to them but this pandemic has shaken everyone. One facet of funeral directing; one we all hold dear is to walk with our families and care for them through one of the worst possible times imaginable. This is hard, when families are begging to have large funeral services (hundreds in the same building in a day or two) when restrictions and guidelines vary not only state to state but city to city all over the United States. I encourage my grieving families to remember this, when your trusted Funeral Director cannot meet every need you may have in the middle of your grief. I assure you, we want to answer all questions, fix any problems that arise and settle any fears; but that can be really difficult with new information daily, guidelines changing constantly and a general feeling of unrest settled into most Americans at present.
-Hire a Funeral Consultant or trusted professional and pre-plan
-Remember you can speak remotely to these professionals and even plan parts of the service this way; adding personal photos or memorials for a loved one in this digital world we live in.
-Adhere to guidelines for this pandemic in as much that makes you comfortable and allows you to grieve for your loved ones
I promise you, that is all a truly called Funeral Director/professional wants to do…still help you in this unsure time.
Power of Faith in Tragedy
This post will be a bit personal. My point is valid in any tragedy, from death of a loved one, sudden sickness, terminal diagnosis to natural disaster destroying your home. The last two weeks have reminded me of the power of faith, for all people. I believe we make faith so complicated, from trying to explain it, to qualifying it for others. The truth is, faith is the complete trust or confidence in someone or something. Simply put, my trust is in Jesus. I know that not all people feel the same. But as I have personally participated in helping, with the recent tornado relief and disaster response in Nashville, TN I am reminded of why faith is so important.
Sometimes tragedies cause those with no faith to suddenly cling to it. They have no other hope, they have no explanation for what has occurred so without the resolve of having trust in something larger than their circumstance, they would be totally destitute. As humans, fellow community members, we can offer hope. We can offer it in any tragedy by simply offering yourself. When we set aside what we find important, lay aside tasks, worries and answer the call of helping someone beyond what they even thought of, we reward their faith. When we understand money and material possessions are fleeting, we radically grow our own faith by offering our all to someone else.
Whether faced with death or sudden change, do not forget how valuable your willingness to “be disrupted for the good of someone else” is. We are all uniquely made, not to serve self but for others. These kinds of actions build faith. Faith in each other, faith in God, faith in ourselves. Just thought we could all use a little reminder.
It is OK not to have a funeral. OK..I said it. Probably not what you thought a funeral director would say. People often don’t realize they have so many choices when it comes to death, rituals or funerals. But I would be amiss if I did not add these thoughts:
–A funeral is not necessarily for you, it is for the ones you leave behind.
While you’re alive, you certainly have the primary input into what you’d like to include in your funeral service. For most people these are the things for which they’d like to be remembered or what is important to them. But, keep in mind you won’t be there and your loved ones may need some other things other than what your wishes specify.
–A funeral or memorial can provide a time of closure.
–A funeral can provide an opportunity for reflection of the departed loved one’s life. There may be things that the living need to draw from that loved one’s life, things to be celebrated and things to memorialize.
–A funeral can be both a time of celebration and mourning. Both are necessary to move through the various stages of grief and healing, for those that are living.
Do I really need to have a Funeral?
I have gotten asked this a lot over the years. As a Funeral Director, people would often say, “Why all the secrecy, what all are you doing?” I rarely answered in any detailed manner because the truth is, it is not that we are secretive, we are reverent. Death is sacred, it is so, because death gives everything in life that we hold dear meaning. Without death, one could not possibly understand how precious each moment is.
Most don’t like to think about the finite meaning of life, but we are reminded of this fact daily. Death is a time of transition, not secrecy. But what we do not understand fully is often frightening. I have been honored to walk through and literally “survive” the passing of loved ones with my families over the years.
The biggest secret, may be how woven those families become in our being, as Funeral Directors we hold sacred all that has been entrusted to us.
The unknown can be intimidating, let us help you navigate