Category: Workdays

Is It Us or Is It You?

I’ve been sitting on a lot of half-written posts. I’ve got one about a local teen suicide, one about how pre-need is a ripoff and a few more random pieces. So I decided to write a whole new one about something comparatively less interesting: why people quit the business. I was following a woman online…


You Seriously Want To Be A Mortician?

I got a message from a nice young man asking what he needed to do to become a funeral director. At least, I assume he was nice. He wanted to know, “What classes should I be focusing on in school?” I, however, am not nice. I gave him a terse “mortuary science classes” and cut…


Dead Inside

I meant to write this a while ago, when we got a case of a toddler beaten to death by mom’s boyfriend. Then I was momentarily distracted by some other, more mundane homicides, and then yesterday there was another toddler beaten to death by mom’s boyfriend AND mom. I am the only one at work…


Death: The Great Equalizer

The internet, the greatest invention in the world, has probably ruined everyone’s life at least once. I’ve been fired, ridiculed, rejected and otherwise scorned because of things I have said on the internet or things other people have said about me. It happens. The good news is, because it happens to everyone at one point,…


Best Reason Ever to Walk Off the Job

Many people come to work for us after we have helped them with their own personal tragedy. We become a part of their family in a way, so they might take a job helping out on removals, doing hair, or working in the office. One hairdresser who came to work for us this way said…


He Didn’t Want The Job

The funeral service profession needs people. We especially need young people. We are a profession made up largely of overweight alcoholics aged 60+, many of whom are bored and jaded with the job after getting pushed into the family business. They are often unable to lift and just plain don’t feel like working on Christmas…


Never Say No?

I recently read an article called “Five Things a Funeral Director Should Never Say” which seemed to center on not saying no to various things a family might request. http://connectingdirectors.com/articles/45870-5-things-a-funeral-director-should-never-say The author, Ryan Thomgartin, has many people commenting that he must not be a funeral director himself if this is truly how he expects us…