A funeral director can be a male or female who handles the care of the deceased from the time of death until burial. The person must attend college and receive a degree in mortuary science. A two year apprenticeship will be a learning business and directing a funeral. Funeral directing is beneficial and rewarding. A two year program is offered locally with duties including handling of remains, embalming, and funeral services (Lee).
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.
When one thinks of the word mortician or embalmer, they automatically began express the strangeness, repellent, dreadful, and outrageous job one could have. However, I beg to differ! A mortician or embalmer is a very rewarding job that not only gives you a chance to make the grieving family life a little easier, but also gives you proper training and discipline for the task at hand. A mortician will always be reliable to one and one’s family when it’s time to prepare their love ones for the underworld.
When a loved one dies, people naturally look for a funeral home. Also referred to as mortuaries, these businesses are involved with managing the activities surrounding funerals. Mortuaries offer an assortment of services for the deceased as well as the family and friends who wish to pay their respects. Each mortuary is different. The types of services offered can vary, affecting the quality of service and total price.
Funerals are some of the most difficult activities for most individuals to experience, especially when they involve the death of a loved one. Over the years, there has grown a common and yet distinct American custom when it comes to how funerals are perceived and conducted (James 348). However, most Americans still hold unto the traditional funerals as opposed to modern ones. Unfortunately, the American funeral customs put a lot of more emphasis on some activities that turn out to be very costly. Worst of all, the economic burden that this traditions put on the bereaved families is even more detrimental.
Whether you’re in the midst of funeral preplanning or planning a loved ones funeral service, it’s important to be prepared before meeting with a funeral director. The experienced funeral service team at Maham Funeral Home understands that the planning process can be challenging for anyone. As Williamsburg, Ohio’s leading local funeral home, they strive to be both compassionate and transparent with all of their customers. If you’re ready to put together prearranged funeral services, here are three items to consider before meeting with a funeral director from Maham Funeral Home:
Your cell phone rings in the middle of the night and you are notified that you have to go to work. After hastily getting ready, you find yourself walking down a hallway; you turn into an empty doorway and enter a dark, cold room that is filled with lifeless bodies waiting to be attended to. This may be an unfavorable situation to many, but to a funeral director, it is just another day at work. In order to become a funeral director, one must be genuinely interested, willing to fulfill the job requirements, be able to cope with death on a daily basis, and still maintain a positive outlook on life.
Due to the heaps of research being needed, our teacher provided us with another source to help out ,eventually leading us to visual job shadowing. During the visual job shadowing, I saw a funeral director who was helping families decided what kind of service to have. As the funeral director was talking to the family, he was writing obituary notices. In addition, he was also arranging a burial or cremation documentation. Throughout the video, I was aware that the funeral director needed to notify the government agency of his
Ask Questions: Don’t be afraid to ask the funeral director as many questions as you need to make you feel at ease. Feel free to bring a list to your meeting if that helps you gather your thoughts. Most are also readily available by phone to answer additional questions.
Many State and national associations offer continuing education programs designed for licensed funeral directors. These programs address issues in communications, counseling, and management. More than 30 States have requirements that funeral directors receive continuing education credits to maintain their licenses. (http://nfda.org/)
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
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.
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).