13. Mar, 2016

it's all in a days work.

I know this is going to sound like a bit of a cliche but it is true. There is no such thing as a typical day in the funeral business. The funeral home will open at 9am in the morning and close ay 5pm in the evening. But between those hours anything can happen. You know how many funeral services you have to carry out that day and that is pretty strait forward. Each funeral is different as different families have different requests. From a different hearse being used, to having a bag pipe player lead the procession, releasing doves at the end of a service or having the mourners and undertakers dress in different coloured clothing. All of that you can plan for. But it is when the phone rings out of the blue and you have to collect a person who has died and bring them back to the funeral home that can throw you off your gaurd. Or if there are urgent cremation documents that have to be taken to the crematorium, or if a family turns up unexpectidly wanting to see their loved one for the last time even though they told you that they will not view, so you now have to rush around and get that person ready for viewing.  

Depending on how busy the funeral home is depends on how much work there needs to be done to make things flow as efficiently as possible. There is a lot of planning that goes into a funeral. Gone are the days where you could die on the Monday and be buried on the Wednesday. If a person dies in suspicious cercumstances or if a doctor can not write a death certificate for whatever reason then there has to be a post-mortem (autopsy) and an inquest. That can take a little while depending on what the coroner decides? If a person is to be cremated then there now has to be two doctors to examine the body and make sure that no foul play occured. Then there is getting a slot booked in at the crematorium or churchyard. With cremations on the rise crematoriums are becoming busier by the day and booking slots go weeks in advance sometimes? 

All of this including finding a sutible minister to take the service, organising orders of service, employing a grave digger if necesarry, arranging flowers, publishing notices of death or obituaries in the paper and dealing with whtever requests the family may have is what a funeral home does and what funeral directors are employed to do. Some funeral homes can have up tp seven funerals a day! All of them have to be perfect, with every little detail taken care of and each family treated exactly the same no matter how much of a hurry you may be in to get to the next funeral.

The job can be very stressful and tiring sometimes. And you can get exhausted very quickly. Not only do you have to be physically fit for this job as there is a lot of heavy lifting involved. But you also have to me emotionally fit as well. the psychological strains of this job can be just as demanding as the physical ones. However the job is still very rewarding. When familes shake you by the hand and thank you for all the work that you have done they mean it. They truly are grateful. And that is better than any pay cheque that I know of.