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PTSD: The Slow Leak in Funeral Service’ Tire

March 7, 2013
Alan Creedy

In addition to the weekly Creedy Commentary, I frequently contribute to industry trade journals and speak at trade conventions. Among my affiliations outside the DeathCare industry are The Center For Creative Leadership, The Performance Institute and Human Synergistics. I believe in giving back and so was recently honored to serve as Chairman of the Funeral Service Foundation.

PTSD: The Slow Leak in Funeral Service’ Tire

Article from: Alan Creedy, Creedy Commentary 

As we enter our 3rd month following the Newtown disaster our nation has long since settled back into its routine fighting over symptoms and ignoring causes. I find myself reflecting on a hidden issue.  A secret only occasionally mentioned and then quickly dismissed.

No doubt those directly involved following this latest trauma are still affected (afflicted seems a better word).  The public would agree but in their minds they are thinking of the parents coworkers, friends and then first responders.  Nothing is likely to be said for the funeral directors who cared for the bodies. Not that it needs to be. Except…perhaps…by us.

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.  Another friend still has flashbacks about having to remove the charred bodies of a family killed in a home fire while others refused to help.

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