Funeral Professionals Are Special
Funeral professionals are pretty special people. Just ask their family and friends. These are the people who are often most familiar with what these strong-hearted people do every day, rain or shine.
Let’s face it, though, not many others know what they do until the time comes for the services they provide. And at that time, which is often a very difficult time, for families who have just lost a loved one, many people really aren’t interested in learning more about what goes on behind the scenes of this this time-honored profession.
According to Rilee Chastain, who recently wrote a FuneralOne blog 10 Things To Remember If You Love A Funeral Professional not everyone understands what goes into a day in the life of those who serve their communities this way. She added that it can be sometimes challenging.
“Working in this field we’ve been called to isn’t easy. Some people will assume that’s because we’re so often surrounded by loss and sadness and spend long days supporting the grief of others—but that’s not even the half of it. “
Here at Fred Young Funeral Home we focus upon the needs of the families we assist and we focus upon what we need to do logistically. Sometimes that means we provide a shoulder to cry on as well as the strength to move a body larger than our own and/or move furniture around, if needed, in the funeral home chapel.
And we do it all with an open heart and in the hope that we can help grieving families find comfort during the often painful final goodbyes.
Because death does not take a day off, we don’t either. Holidays and ‘off the clock’ hours aren’t always guaranteed. So we must always be prepared to provide professional care, whatever the hour.
We are here to help those in need. This work has not been and never will be about us (our accomplishments, talents, feelings, etc.). This is especially important when there is a sudden and tragic death in the community we serve, such as the loss of a child or a suicide.
We are also trained to handle the details that must be taken care of. While doing that we must also stay clear-headed and emotionally present at all times. Even when we, too, deeply feel a family’s sorrow. It is our duty to be there for them.
Our families deserve nothing less.