Funeral directors have a career unlike any other. In today’s world, death is still a fairly taboo topic, meaning the work they do can be overlooked, misunderstood or even feared. Many people outside the profession are still unaware of how vital funeral professionals are to grieving families—and the important role these selfless individuals play in uplifting their communities.
Discover four unknown factors about funeral directors:
1. Funeral directors do not work 9-5.
Death does not abide by any sort of schedule, which means funeral directors are on call 24/7. The unpredictable (and often hectic) schedule makes it difficult for directors to find time for personal fulfillment and their own families. Despite this, directors must maintain composure and offer sincere compassion, particularly when working with bereaved families. Since they rarely reveal stress, it’s difficult for most people to truly comprehend just how devoted these professionals are to their work.
2. Funeral directors get to know families and their loved ones—even though they may never get a chance to meet them.
Directors take the time to learn everything they can about individuals, some of which they will never know in this life. By understanding a person’s passions, talents and milestones, they can help families create truly unique, inspiring tributes to honor their life. From planning a special meal or treats for a beloved baker to planting a memorial tree for an outdoor enthusiast, funeral professionals are constantly pushing the bounds of creativity to deliver services as special as the life being honored.
3. The job can be physically and emotionally draining.
Similar to firefighters, paramedics and other medical professionals, funeral directors can suffer from compassion fatigue, burnout and even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Every day, funeral professionals must help families deal with emotional stress, financial strain and even even disputes among loved ones. These demands can take an emotional toll on a person, which is why it is so important for directors to find healthy ways to manage their stress and maintain a strong support network.
4. Helping families and serving the community makes it all worth it.
The age of a funeral director varies from 18 to 80 years old. Many start young and continue in this career path for their entire life because, although their role is undoubtedly challenging, they understand the value of the work they provide. Directors are often the unsung heroes and unseen pillars of the communities: on weekends and holidays, funeral directors are often meeting with families, coordinating arrangements or transporting remains. They regularly miss milestone events for the greater good of the community they serve.
At Montgomery & Steward, we are grateful for the sacrifices our funeral directors make and the incredible guidance and support they provide. To learn more about our dedicated staff, connect with us on our Facebook page or reach out to us today.