Self-Care

Valentine’s Day: A Reminder of the Importance of Work-Life Balance

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2-13-17-valentines-day-1If you’re a funeral director or funeral home owner, Valentine’s Day can serve as a reminder of how difficult it can be to juggle career and family responsibilities. At times, balancing the two can seem impossible. Twenty-four hours a day sometimes feels like not nearly enough time to get everything done.

No matter how much you enjoy what you are doing, it’s important to have balance in your life. Here are three tips to achieving better work-life balance with Valentine’s Day being tomorrow.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Silence the Stigma: Coping With Suicide

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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 »

Suicide – A Funeral Director Speaks Out

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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 »

Burned Out? 4 Steps toward Refueling

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Guest post from Matt Soderstrum
(This post originally appeared at www.Mattsoderstrum.com. Reposted with his permission.)

3-29 Soderstrum RefuelAwhile ago, I was meeting with George (made up name). George came to me struggling with hope and purpose. He was unhappy in his job. He was having trouble sleeping. He had lost all sense of joy in his life. Frankly, George was frustrated with the direction of he was going. He felt he had more to offer the world than what he was currently doing.

After visiting with George and asking lots of questions, we came to the conclusion that one of the main reasons George was frustrated was due to him not taking care of himself. George was exhausted – his tank was empty. George wanted to make a contribution to the world and to make a difference in the lives of others, but he was not able to do that since he was not in a healthy place himself. He was living on fumes.

Perhaps you have been there. Maybe you are there now. I know I have been. Read the rest of this entry »

3 Changes Any Funeral Service Professional Can Make

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Funeral Directors as EntrepreneursOGR held its inaugural Young Professionals (YP) event last week and had speakers share on innovation, managing stress, pitching an idea to an employer, and solving challenges in the workplace.

Here are three quick takeaways from some of the sessions. OGR will provide a more comprehensive summary in the coming months.  Read the rest of this entry »

Strategies to Prevent Burnout and Live Balanced Lives

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Untitled designMost of us are saturated with messages regarding the importance of eating “right” and exercising. Often these wellness messages come across as critical and judgmental, making us feel there is one more area of our lives overburdened with things we don’t have time to do. This can end up creating more stress instead of alleviating it! Read the rest of this entry »