Honoring funeral professionals on Labor Day
In honor of Labor Day, we dedicate this post to all funeral professionals who spend their lives serving the community and positively impacting families. We are grateful for your hard work and passion for this industry, and we give you all the kudos for the sacrifices you make to perform above and beyond for those you come in contact with!
Why did you choose this profession?
“I decided to become a funeral specialist when I was in my early 20s. I was completing my education in business when my mother died unexpectedly, and I was so moved by the kind and caring people who helped me handle her death. Because of this experience I rethought my entire career path, and I owe so much to that funeral team from 27 years ago!”
-Karen S., Funeral Tech
What does your day-to-day look like?
“It’s difficult to describe my daily routine as a funeral director, because there are so many factors that change that routine! Typically I start the day by doing paperwork (we handle a lot of paperwork) and by returning phone calls. We coordinate with lots of other entities: cemeteries, crematoriums, limo and transport services, the state and county offices, you name it! I’m usually preparing for one service or another, so I’ll check in with my team to finalize details on the burial clothing or the flowers. It can be a very busy life, but it’s never boring!”
-John J., Funeral Director
What is your favorite part of your job?
“I would have to say working face-to-face with the families who come in to our funeral parlor. It’s such a special experience to be able to comfort and console them while also easing their fears about funerals. I feel privileged to be trusted with such a special event, and I love when everything goes without a hitch—which does happen, occasionally!”
-Diane B., Funeral Planner
What is your biggest priority as a funeral professional?
“You know, I’ve been doing this for a lot of years, and gaining all that experience has really taught me what is important to my clients. It’s trust. No matter who walks through my door, I want to prove to them that they can trust me. If you think about it, our customers are entrusting us with very precious cargo: the care of their loved one who has passed on, and the execution of their loved one’s last hurrah. I never promise to do anything that is beyond my power, and I never claim I will do something that I don’t follow through on.”
-Gerry M. Funeral Director
There are many unsung heroes in our society, and we would pose that funeral professionals are at the top of that list. We thank you for your dedication to a career that not many would choose. We recognize your determination and kindness. We know that you work around the clock to improve your craft and increase your industry knowledge. Happy Labor Day everyone!