Funeral Director Nick Grassby is a family man, joining the Dorset family funeral business in 2017 following a career as a solicitor. We asked him to tell us about life as a Funeral Director.
How as a funeral director do you create that ‘unique’ occasion for every individual?
Have you ever come across difficult situations?
Have you ever dealt with a donation of a body for medical research?
Supporting families is a big part of your job, how do you manage this effectively yet sympathetically?
We are all guilty of taking our work home, how do you manage a good work/life balance?
Do you have any particularly gratifying moments?
What can people do to prepare and make the process of arranging a funeral easier?
Consider purchasing a funeral plan from a registered FPA provider. Payable in full or in instalments it fixes the funeral directors’ costs at today’s prices. (There are some things that will need to be paid for at the time like flowers, newspaper announcements, service sheets with photos and so on.) This will take the pressure off families.
We like to discuss all aspects of the funeral from coffins to the route that the funeral will take. Some people request a special route which will take them past a much-loved location. Choosing a coffin is also important, as is personalisation, with some people wishing to be buried or cremated wearing specific clothes and having personal items with them.
Are crematoria modernising to keep with the times?
The costs of funerals: some people would say they were high, necessitating a call for a government review. How do you feel about that?
How popular have eco-funerals become?
After that first phone call, what happens next?
Any final snippets of advice you can give?
If you would like to find out more about Grassby & Sons’ services, visit www.grassby-funeral.co.uk