I'm 24 and work in the funeral industry—here's what I've learned
At 24 years old, I took a chance and jumped ship from working as a reporter in a newsroom full of men, to a position working for all funeral directors in the state of Ohio. The change was a somewhat reluctant one as I had this picture of somber funeral directors and a perpetual sense of sadness.
hat could not be further from the truth. In the last two years, this is what I’ve learned from working with funeral directors:
It’s not about the money. It’s about helping families through the grief process and beyond
I often run into the idea that funeral directors are money hungry. They’re not. Some might be, but most are just trying to keep the cash flowing through the funeral home so they may continue to offer the products and services the families they serve need.
They have the absolute best sense of humor
It’s not an easy job
Deaths strike close to home. They have to bury young children, friends, restructure body parts following a death from an accident, and much more. Even the most hard-hearted person can crack in this profession.
It’s important to know what kind of service your loved one wants
But also important that they recognize what your family members will need in order to grieve properly. Funeral directors often run into situations where the deceased pre-planned to be cremated directly following the death, even though it may have helped the deceased’s loved ones grieve if they had been able to see them prior to the cremation.
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