We write about a wide variety of industry-related topics on our blog, and most of the time, we talk about issues that directly affect our readers. In this blog, however, we’d like to talk about something that is a bit more indirectly related to our customers and readers. We’d like to answer a question that often comes up in conversations with the different people we meet every day:
“What’s it like to work for a funeral home?”
We think it’s important to talk about this, so that our community can get a better understanding of who we are, what we do, and why we do it.
A few of the most common questions we get asked are, “How did you get started in this industry,” “Why did you choose this profession,” and “How long have you been doing this”? Some people also ask, “What is the value of the services you provide?” These are all reasonable questions. However, the answers may seem a bit more obvious for certain professions versus others.
For those who aren’t familiar with the funeral industry, we realize that it may seem like a strange profession. We know it may be difficult to understand why or how someone would choose to work in the industry. However, we like to think of this industry as being similar to most other service industries, in that we are here to serve those who have recently suffered the loss of a loved one, as well as helping people choose the right end-of-life services based on their needs, wants and budgets.
Choosing to Work for a Funeral Home
As you can imagine, people in this profession often have a variety of reasons for why they choose it, or how they got started. In some cases, like our President, Buddy Phaneuf, and Vice President, Michele Phaneuf-Plasz, we are born into the profession. However, it is still, ultimately, a choice to remain in the industry, and to commit to providing the highest quality of service possible.
Others are drawn to the service industry overall. They may like the counseling aspect of the job, or may find they have a talent for being compassionate, which is a much-needed attribute of successful professionals in the industry. Like many jobs, individuals that find their way into it often find it to be very rewarding.
No One Said It Was Easy
Like so many professions, working at a funeral home comes with both challenges and responsibilities. It takes a determined, compassionate, and trustworthy individual to succeed in the industry. It can be emotionally draining at times, and there are days when it feels like the hardest job in the world. There are a lot of details to keep track of when planning final arrangements, and therefore good organizational skills and consistent communication with family members are crucial to helping things go as smoothly as possible.
The Bright Side
From the outside, it may seem like a dark and gloomy profession; however, there are many positive aspects of working for a funeral home. For example; the profession allows us the chance to get to know those in our community. When planning end-of-life services for our customers, we take the time to ask questions about the lives of the deceased, as well as their loved ones, so that we can provide the most appropriate and meaningful services.
In addition, being able to help those who are grieving to make decisions – no matter how big or small – during a difficult time can be quite rewarding. After a loss, it can be overwhelming to face the many tasks which must be undertaken to coordinate final arrangements. As funeral directors and other funeral home personnel, we seek to ease the burden for family members of the deceased in every way possible.
Are you looking for a compassionate, trustworthy funeral home?
Contact us today with any questions, or to learn more about the services we provide.