There are a number of important advantages to choosing a funeral home in advance of death. To begin with, it will enable you to find the one that best suits your needs. As with most other professions, there is a whole range to choose from. With a little effort on your part, you can find a funeral home that will offer the arrangements you want, whether simple or elaborate; and at a price you feel is fair.
Having preselected a funeral home can be especially helpful if you or a loved one dies away from home. They can help make arrangements with a funeral home in the area where the death occurred to bring you or your loved one home. If the place was another country, this is doubly true. Our county's embassy or consulate abroad MUST have the name of the receiving funeral home in the home city so that the remains can be brought back into the United States and ultimately home. Having named one in advance will save the survivors from having to investigate and decide upon a funeral home under the pressure of haste and grief.