Being a funeral director takes having a strong stomach and skill dealing with grief. There are many different ways people mourn. Religions have different rites as well as celebration of someone’s life. Every culture and civilization has three common threads dealing with death and their final internment. There are three main steps when someone dies. First is the preparation of the body, then some type of ceremony, and finally internment.
The article, “10 Burdens Funeral Directors Carry”, written by Caleb Wilde expresses the unique struggles of those working the funeral business. They face numerous challenges through trying to aid and support those mourning a loved one. This often over looked and underappreciated field offers a salient as well as specific service desperately needed by each community. By encountering: depression, psychosis, isolation, stress, workaholism and death itself funeral directors make numerous personal sacrifices to continue to provide honor and respect to the dead.
(Lamers 535). You would be required to fill in any open wounds left on the body
Rather then visiting a grave, many visit a “ ‘memorialized’ profile” (589) in order to remember a loved one and share memories with others. Social media allows memories to be shared with one another when separated and unable to come together. It allows those divided by distance to grieve together. In “grief in the age of Facebook”, Elizabeth stone explains how the tragic death of a student named Casey opened her eyes to social media and how well one actually knows their peers. Stone explains that social media became a place of consolation for grieving friends and family, but it also made them question how deeply they actually knew their friend. “I’m not sure, but I wander- if I should have known her better” (598). Stone questioned how well she actually knew her student because of the characteristics that were revealed through others memorializing posts about Casey. Stone struggles with the thought that social media is a place for “solace but also uncertainty” (588). Often times one believes they know their peers very well, but once they examine their social media and what their other friends posts, they seem to think they no longer know them as deeply as they previously believed. Social media allows one to learn a lot about a person with just one click, but that one click likely leaves out what hardships someone is going
Criticisms of American funeral practices have been made publicly aware since the 1920’s, and actually go back to ancient times in the scope of human’s ceremonies for the dead. Since the first published argument against modern funerals various authors joined the movement publishing their disparagements of customs for the deceased; that in essence contend the grandiosity and lavish displays are merely a social and psychological representation of the monetary opportunity of funerals (DeSpelder & Strickland, 2015, p. 306-307). Even further, regarding the encompassing funeral industry as exploiting grieving loved ones for their financial gains, while disregarding the actual needs of modern society (DeSpelder & Strickland, 2015, p. 307).
Social media has become one of the greatest developments of human technology history. In today’s society, human are surrounding by the social media and wireless devices. In Shannon Matesky’s spoken word poem “MySpace”, the poet explains “physical contact is more important than our number of contacts” (Matesky). According to the poet, Shannon Matesky successfully redefines the word “Myspace” from a formal definition of “the distance from other people or things that a person needs in order to remain comfortable” (Merriam-Webster), to an operational definition of the contact created on the social media. People now forget how to stay with face-to-face relationship, social media become the new way of communication. “We can’t deal with the face-to-face so we let technology replace the space that people are supposed to fill”(Matesky), said Matesky, we are losing the ability to connect each individual face to face, and socially connection has been taking over through social media by using technologic device. Shannon Matesky has successfully redefined the actual meaning of “Myspace” from the distance between two to the space one’s create on the social media. MySpace no longer refers to distance between two, but to
In present day society, individuals dedicate their time to social media on the internet and electronics, towards updating statuses, rebloging pictures, favoriting videos, reading up on current events, and staying connected in general. It’s only been 25 years since Tim Burners-Lee invented the world wide web and it’s no secret that it is one of the most progressive and influential invention of our time. Dave Eggers, in his current book The Circle, foretells his version of what can happen with the growth of technology and social media and pushes our current standard of being virtually connected from the main social networks Facebook, Twitter, Google, and Tumblr. In
Some cultures are traditional and want to bury love ones in a traditional way. However, younger generations are more creative in the way they bury loved ones. For example, sea lovers may have their ashes put into an eternal reef and put into the sea. A positive spin is being put on funerals and now being called “celebrations of life”. The death rate is low right now but as baby boomers get older the death rate will rise, and the funeral service industry will see a big boost.
Wilson-Orwosky funeral home was the location chosen for my visitation because my parents and I would like for the visitation to take place in my hometown. Our options were limited because Wilson-Orwosky is the only funeral home in Emory. Thursday evening at 6:00 pm -8:00 pm was chosen after my dad suggested picking an evening towards the end of the week. This time will hopefully allow more people to attend since it is after a normal work day. Friday at 2:00 pm was selected for the funeral service because a mid-day service will allow people to travel to and from Emory if needed, and Emory Baptist Church was selected as the location because of the sentimental value it holds for me. White mixed florals were chosen my mom and myself. I enjoy the color white because I perceive it as uplifting and a clean color. My mother liked the
The article Coffin, Urns, and Webcast Funerals by Edward Wong is a perfect example of the deritualization of funerals. It gives examples of how funerals have become less interrupting and tragic. Just the idea of not having to physically be at a funeral to see it is deritualization. The purpose of this isn’t to add to the funeral for the
1. Before reading this essay I did not know a lot of information about mortuary’s. I know that they are the ones who cleans and embalms the body and also does cosmetic makeup for a viewing.
In pursuing this further, there are several aspects to this topic; such as, preplanning, financial planning, cost, and the surviving family members. Funeral planning is something we all will have to do at one point in our lives, but where should we begin? It is a good idea to start with the preplanning of the funeral. Preplanning is crucial; it provides piece of mind, especially for surviving family. As said earlier, discussing one 's mortality is an extremely uncomfortable topic; however, by preplanning a funeral, it will relieve the family of having to make important decisions during a period of immense stress and grief. Furthermore, preplanning gives time to explore the options for a ceremony and allows time to discuss the financial aspects. It also gives a chance to choose a funeral home that best suit ones needs and budget.
Because of the Internet, suppliers can now sell their products online directly to the consumer virtually eliminating the funeral home from the bereavement process.
The middle-aged group of society are the ones who greatly reminisce on a time with fewer forms of technology. (ButtePatil, screen 2) They grew up in a time where there was technology such as house phones, televisions, and microwaves; all of which their children take for granted. This generation is used to hearing that they should not spend so much of their time on social media. Childhood is a short time in life that we will be missed in older age; therefore, a cell phone with a precious twitter account should not take away time from
In today’s world 3 billion humans are on the internet but there are also 4 billion people that are not. In the beginning of my study on the future of the internet, I asked myself this question: is it possible that everyone could be online and globally connected? Then I asked myself how, if everyone is online, the future of the internet change the experience of everyday life? Looking back, the internet is still a relatively new phenomenon as it was first created back in the 1960’s by a computer scientist named J.C.R Licklider. He envisioned a network of computers, called the galactic network, which would allow humans to be able to share information instantly. Overtime this is how the internet developed, as many of these networks that shared