How Do Sibling Rivalries Affect Your Family Funeral Home?

April 12, 2013
1 Comments
Advertisement

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.”

Advertisement

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?

Advertisement

You may be interested

Bizarre Burial Pod Coffins That Grow More Trees.. Not Cut Them Down
Cremation
428 views
Cremation
428 views

Bizarre Burial Pod Coffins That Grow More Trees.. Not Cut Them Down

Madison Ashby - August 16, 2018

Capsula Mundi is an Italian organization with a mission of mastering green burial. This company wants to reinvent the way…

NFDA Announces Officer Election Results
Funeral Industry News
102 views
Funeral Industry News
102 views

NFDA Announces Officer Election Results

CDFuneralNews - August 16, 2018

Brookfield, Wis. – The National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) is pleased to announce that qualified association members have elected the…

Funeral Service Foundation Now Accepting Select Foundation ’45 Award Applications and Submissions
Funeral Industry News
41 views
Funeral Industry News
41 views

Funeral Service Foundation Now Accepting Select Foundation ’45 Award Applications and Submissions

CDFuneralNews - August 16, 2018

Brookfield, Wis. – The Funeral Service Foundation is now accepting online applications and submissions for select Foundation ’45 Awards, which…

Comments