• When selecting a funeral service venue, remember that price is not the only factor to consider. Photo: Duggan's Serra Mortuary (2017)

  • If possible, choose a locally owned funeral home that will provide a warm, family-oriented atmosphere. Photo: Duggan's Serra Mortuary (2017)

  • It's also important to ask a funeral home if they can provide for any particular needs you may have. Photo: Duggan's Serra Mortuary (2017)

Nick Proaño is manager of the pre-planning department of Duggan's Serra Mortuary. To reach Nick Proaño call (415) 587-4500.
Finding the Right Funeral Home

DALY CITY − When it comes to choosing a funeral home, price isn’t the only important factor to consider. For example, is the funeral home local? Many people aren’t aware that most mortuaries are owned by national corporations. Besides providing a better overall value, a local, family-owned funeral home will provide a warm, family-oriented atmosphere, which can make quite a difference in your overall experience.

The best way to get a feel for a funeral home is to visit in person and have a consultation with one of its representatives. Of course, it’s also a good idea to look at online reviews, as well as consult friends and family members who have used funeral home services in the past. By doing your homework, you’ll be able to distinguish between funeral homes that offer a high value and those that don’t.

Besides assessing a funeral home’s overall quality, be sure to ask about any particular needs or requirements you have. For example, is it equipped to provide the specific type of service you’re looking for? If English isn’t your family’s primarily language, does it have counselors who can speak your native tongue? Also, if you have a large family, does the venue have sufficient parking? These are all important factors to consider when selecting a funeral home.

Nick Proaño is manager of the pre-planning department at Duggan’s Serra Mortuary, a Diamond Certified company since 2003. He can be reached at (415) 587-4500 or by email.

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