March 9, 2014

Why Be A Funeral Director?

To serve the community as a Funeral Director is something most of us would not give serious consideration, although we may on occasion have asked the question, "Why would anyone want to be a Funeral Director?"

Caleb Wilde, a sixth generation licensed funeral director, answers that question in an article titled:
10 Reasons I'm a Funeral Director.

Last week, a high schooler asked me, "Why are you a funeral director?" After a couple days of thinking about the question, here are ten reasons I'm a funeral director.
1) Service.
A couple years ago, a granddaughter was giving her grandmother's eulogy at the funeral home. She shared that before she would take naps at her grandmother's house, her grandmother would warm a blanket in the dryer, and as the granddaughter laid down, the grandma would drape the warm blanket over her.
After the service was over and before the family closed the lid on the casket, I grabbed the blanket that the family had laid in the casket and warmed the blanket. When I gave the warm blanket to the granddaughter, she couldn't withhold her tears as now she draped it over her grandmother.
Situations like this arise regularly in the funeral profession. And, as a caregiver by nature, I find great satisfaction in seeing others have more meaningful death experiences because of my efforts. I enjoy serving.