Clarifying 5 Misconceptions About Funerals
I think it is safe to say, that nobody looks forward to planning a funeral, and working in the funeral industry isn’t at the top of many career lists. But working in the funeral sector is not all doom and gloom and it can, in fact, be a very rewarding profession, working with families to help make the best out of a very difficult day.
Here are some common misconceptions about funerals, which we are going to set straight.
1. Funeral directors are miserable and introvert.
You may not think it, but a funeral director is an extremely social job. You need to be a people person and have the passion to care for others, offering the correct support at a very trying time. Meeting different families daily, it is important that funeral directors create a bond with each family, to deliver a funeral plan that suits their exact wishes. A funeral directors job is to make sure the day goes with ease and to make a lasting loving memorial to celebrate a loved one, so funeral directors tend to be positive, friendly and warm people, not miserable and introvert.
2. Funerals have to be sad occasions.
There is no easy way to say goodbye to a loved one, so sadness, tears and heartache are to be expected, however, there is nothing to say that the funeral service can’t be a humorous and light-hearted celebration. The job of the funeral director is to work with the family and friends to honour the person they have lost, and often the best way to do this is to celebrate the life of a loved one and share stories and anecdotes that show their true personality. Whether it is crying with laughter or crying with sadness, whatever tone a client wants the service to be, funeral directors will be able to deliver.
3. Funerals are so expensive.
There is usually no set price for a funeral. With different price options, the cost of a funeral comes down to the customized choices made for each individual case. Whether it’s a lavish affair or a simple goodbye, funeral directors work with their clients to honour and celebrate the life of an individual, no matter how big or small the budget. Even in cases where no relatives are available to contribute, there are Public Health Funerals in which the council will fund a simple funeral.
4. You have to wait longer if a loved one dies out of work hours.
Funeral directors work in an ‘on-call’ nature. Death doesn’t care if it is a bank holiday or an evening, so often people working in the funeral profession aren’t limited by a time or date, with most funeral homes having staff working 24/7, 365 a year. The funeral profession is about caring for families and friends during a difficult time, so they want to be on hand to offer that support whenever it is needed and making sure that arrangements are made as promptly as possible, is part of that service.
5. Funeral directors are just out to make money
Funeral directors perform a role that is extremely emotional and caring, yet still often face accusations of greediness. The truth is that funeral directors are just like everyone else. There are good ones and bad ones, cheap ones and expensive ones. However, the vast majority are sensitive and supportive professionals whose sole purpose is to provide their clients with a high-quality service that will help you get through the toughest times with as much comfort and ease as possible. Through thorough online research, clients should be able to find a funeral director that best meets their needs and that they feel comfortable leaving such an important day in their hands.
If you have any other misconceptions about funerals you would like to add to our list, please comment below.
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