Last week’s Circuit Court Reversal regarding the Pennsylvania Funeral Licensing Law probably caused some champagne corks to fly in Harrisburg. But this “victory” begets the question: “What Have We Done To Ourselves?” Funeral Service’ legacy of “circling the wagons and shooting inward” is about to bite us big time and we keep fighting old battles while the world passes us by. I hesitated to write this opinion but then concluded that it is not only my fight but everyone’s, regardless of state, who views this business as a true profession.
Mr. Davis outlines 10 barriers to succession planning which I have modified to represent the more common among funeral homes and cemeteries.
Likewise, humans who want to live well must also keep moving forward. Forward toward the people we want to be. Forward toward our goals and ideals. Change is almost always incremental – a little bit each day. But we must keep moving forward.
Insights come from the strangest places. This time from why women dress the way they do. What has this to do with DeathCare?
This week they chose the story of a funeral director and his story that casts all of us in a pretty good light. Odd for this to be featured on the usually contentious NPR but it’s uplifting and sometimes we need a good story.
Last winter I heard about a traditional funeral home that had successfully repurposed its facilities and actually discovered that it could apply its expertise at coordinating funerals to a variety of other functions as well. So, I went to see it and got my socks knocked off. I want to take you there.
”Things” start happening well before the challenges are apparent. Almost all of these “things” are correctible and most are the result of benign neglect.
I think I can make a very strong case that funeral service as a profession makes a vital social contribution to society. For me that makes it a noble profession. Unfortunately, the profession doesn’t act with nobility as often as so many of us would wish.
Some thirty years ago I sat with a friend from Indiana still suffering from nightmares incurred from aiding on a D-Mort team cleaning up after a commercial airline crash.
But then I had the good fortune to get my hands dirty. I actually managed a funeral home and worked along side practitioners. There I discovered that UNDER THE CURRENT MODEL such a theory was easier said than done.