Life/Work Balance, Is it Possible?

Funeral Professionals are some of the hardest working and most empathetic people out there.  Day in and day out we put our time and our emotions out there to every family we serve and our communities.  With this, many of us miss out on all the normal life activities like kid’s birthdays, kid’s sporting events, date nights with your spouse, working out, and even cutting the grass is hard to find time for and the list goes on and on.

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What Have I Learned Thus Far?

I have learned many things during my 10 years licensed and 15 years within the profession.  The major take away is that you get out of this profession exactly what you put in.  If you are one who is comfortable on the side lines and doing just what is expected of them then don’t expect advancement or career growth.

If you are the guy or gal who thought you would come in Monday through Friday, 8-5, and be able to leave work at work then you obviously flipped the coin incorrectly when choosing your career path.  Continue reading

Be Happy, Serve Well

Everyone wants to be happy when it comes to your career.  So with that being said, if you are unhappy with where you are employed, it’s time to have a conversation or potentially move on.

Now, I am not saying grab a box and start packing up your things.  I am simply stating that if you are unhappy, try and figure out why.  Make a list of the things at your current place of employment that you consider negative and then make a list of things that you would consider positive.  Take a deep hard look at this list and determine if the positive outweighs the negative.

In our line of work as funeral professionals we must be positive in every facet of what we do.  Continue reading

Folks, Get Ready…

Get ready… and what I mean by that is get ready for all the criticism you will receive being in this profession.  If you were to take a poll of a 100 people I’m assuming most people would say they believe funerals are a rip-off and a funeral director is out to take advantage of someone at a tough time.

I have been in this profession for 14 years now and have heard this as many times as I have heard the phrase “People are dying to see me” which was not funny the first time or the millionth time.

Obviously I have dedicated my life to being in this profession and I take it very seriously and will defend it, so I am a tad biased.  People just have zero clue as to what they are truly paying for.

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Embalming 101

Embalming… the opportunity for we professionals to create the perfect “memory picture” for a family.  When a family chooses to have their loved one embalmed, never take it lightly and always be aware of the sacred trust that is being placed in you.

It is smart to watch and learn from as many licensed embalmers as you can when serving an apprenticeship or starting your path in the funeral profession.  Continue reading

The Value of Education and Involvement

Funeral Professionals can never EVER get enough education or stop learning. Just like any other profession we must stay current and knowledgeable to properly take care of our families, our businesses, and our co-workers.

There are so many of us that think we’ve “got it” and we have all the tools on our belts already. This could not be further from the truth. Those who’ve “got it” are the ones who will never accept change and will continue to do the same thing each and every single day for the rest of their career.

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We’re the Good Guys!

The funeral industry can be a tough profession for many obvious reasons.

People think we are just out to get their money and that we could care less about anything else.  Well, we are trying to get paid… we are a business after all, and that is how a business operates.

On the flip side, we are actually a great group of guys and gals that have made a commitment to do everything within our power to help guide a family through the toughest time of their life.  We provide all the necessary tools, and support to provide a meaningful and personalized service.

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