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The holidays! It’s already that time of year. The days are getting shorter, fall wardrobes are back in style, pumpkin spice lattes are here again, and stores are filling up fast with holiday décor.
Aside from the commercialism, the holiday season is a time to celebrate with family and friends and to reflect on all we are fortunate to have in this life.
While the holidays are the most joyous days of the year, they can also be the most painful, especially for those who have suffered the loss of a loved one. Funeral directors understand this best.
We’ve compiled a list of ways funeral directors can bring life to their communities during the holiday season, and we’re highlighting a few OGR member firms who are doing it well. Remember, it’s never too early to start planning. Read the rest of this entry »
September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Death from suicide provides a unique set of complications for the affected family, their friends, and the funeral service professionals who serve them. Offering comfort to the bereaved also becomes a bit more difficult. What should a friend or funeral director say? Is there anything to avoid mentioning? If you’ve lost a loved one to suicide, how should you respond?
Here are some tips for coping with the loss of a loved one to suicide and comforting the family of a suicide victim. Read the rest of this entry »
As a funeral director for over 30 years, I have been fortunate to help thousands of families through one of the darkest times in their lives. With September being National Suicide Prevention Month, I wanted to share a personal story with you on how suicide has touched the lives of my family.
It was a beautiful evening and I was sitting at the top of the Marriott Marquis in New York City at a cocktail party when my phone started to ring. It was my mother informing me my stepbrother had taken his life. In that moment, I knew I would have to put on a brave face since I was in a very public place. I equated it to the way President Bush must have felt when he was sitting in a classroom full of children when he was informed about 9/11. It was truly one of those heart-stopping moments. Read the rest of this entry »
Dealing with human resource problems are frustrating and challenging for all involved… including myself! At the Foresight Companies, I am frequently asked to provide advice on dealing with employee issues in funeral businesses. At some point in our conversation, I ask the funeral service professional, “What’s your HR Strategy?” Most frequently they answer “Strategy? What strategy?” Read the rest of this entry »
Close to fifteen years ago, millions of people watched the horror unfold on their television screens on the morning of September 11, 2001 when four airplanes were hijacked by 19 al-Qaeda terrorists and subsequently crashed in DC, New York, and Pennsylvania. We were overcome with shock and dismay for the victims, the people in those areas, the families and loved ones of those who would perish that day, and for our country.
The events of that tragic day serve as a reminder of the dangers of the world but also highlight the goodness of hundreds of ordinary citizens who, along with first responders, took heroic actions to save innocent lives. All of them deserve to be remembered and admired for their work.
Funeral directors played an important role during this difficult time. Read the rest of this entry »