A death away from home may lead to additional expense. The amount of additional cost will depend on the circumstances and the services requested. The hometown funeral director will explain these charges and advise you of the various alternatives available.
The funeral director's primary responsibility is to provide professional services, facilities, equipment, and funeral merchandise.
Generally speaking, the casket should be selected from the funeral director who will be called upon to direct the funeral and provide the facilities necessary for the service. This will usually be the hometown funeral director. He or she will act as your agent and counselor in dealing with the other professionals involved, which includes making the necessary arrangements to have the deceased appropriately transported to his funeral home.
Selection of a burial vault is another consideration for the family. The National Funeral Directors Association Code suggests that the family select the burial vault from the funeral director who will be responsible for arranging the interment. Selecting the vault from the funeral director serving at the place of burial will save the cost of transporting the receptacle, and will alleviate any unnecessary delay or confusion at the cemetery.
In addition to the primary considerations enumerated, there will be other aspects to consider that will require professional attention in returning the deceased to the place where the funeral will be conducted. The funeral director who will be directing the funeral will coordinate all essential activities with the other funeral director involved.
As you counsel with your funeral director, keep in mind that he or she can best serve when there is complete understanding of cost. Funeral directors expect those they serve to discuss cost frankly with them. A mutual understanding in this regard will ease the concern of the family and will enable the funeral director to serve better.
Prior knowledge and forethought of what to do when a death occurs away from home can be very helpful to the family. The best advice is to call the hometown funeral director immediately. He or she is professionally trained to counsel and assist with all necessary funeral details arising from the emergency.