How Do Sibling Rivalries Affect Your Family Funeral Home?

April 12, 2013
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I overheard an interesting conversation yesterday while walking the floor of the ICCFA exhibit hall.

A funeral home owner called to check on her funeral home. While on the phone she said “are you getting along with your brother?”.

When she hung up she said, “the only thing I worry about when we go out of town is if my two sons (who are left in charge of the funeral home) are getting along.”

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In many family businesses there are rivalries that can cause major problems. This is very common if the funeral profession as well. But it might not always be a sibling rivalry, there are also major conflicts that can occur between parent and child. I can’t tell you how many times I have heard “I just wish my Dad would retire already.”

Last week on the Discovery Health show “Funeral Boss” we got an inside look at how sibling and parent conflicts can escalate when they are confined to a daily routine of working side by side. The clip above is a promo for the episode but it gives you a clear view into how the episode played out.

When you watch this clip how many of your are having deja vu?

What has your experience been with sibling rivalries and parent/child conflicts in the funeral home? How has it affected the day to day operations of the business or even the long term success of the funeral home?

Ryan Thogmartin

CEO at DISRUPT Media and ConnectingDirector.com
Ryan Thogmartin is the Owner and CEO of DISRUPT Media. DISRUPT Media is a full service social media agency specializing in social media strategy, management and reporting for funeral companies. DISRUPT Media is the creator of the FUNERAL Social Design Process which is the only full service social media strategy program crafted specifically for the funeral profession.

Go to http://funeralsocial.com to find out more about the services we offer. Our clients who are apart of our FUNERAL Social Design Process are seeing an increase in post reach and engagement of over 300%.

Ryan is also the founder of ConnectingDirectors.com. ConnectingDirectors.com is the leading online daily publication for funeral professionals with a reader base of over 45,000 of the most elite and forward-thinking professionals in the profession. With ConnectingDirectors.com Ryan has created a global community through an online platform allowing funeral professionals to Stay Current. Stay Informed and Stay Elite.
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