Self-Care for Funeral Professionals During the Holidays
WHEELING, IL— Finding work-life balance can be especially difficult at this time of year. Between holiday obligations, an already demanding career—and now a newly-developing “tri-demic”—taking time to care for yourself can seem impossible. Join Funeral Professionals Peer Support (FPPS) and the Cremation Association of North America (CANA) for a Peer Support Meeting to find a connection with people who “get it” on Tuesday, December 20, 8pm ET / 7pm CT/ 5pm PT.
“The funeral service industry is a unique profession. No one else does what we do,” says Christina Walton, the facilitator of our conversation in December. Christina will help you connect with your funeral professional peers, both to find support and to inspire others. “Knowing that we’re going through some of the same things is very validating. To lean on each other is very validating, which is part of peer support: to be validated. There’s strength in numbers, in knowing that ‘I’m not the only one struggling. I’m normal.’”
As a registered therapist specializing in bereavement and loss—and a licensed funeral director of 33 years—Walton can relate to the stress that is unique to a profession focused on caring for others. She will emphasize the importance of self-care for funeral professionals during this busy season.
For reasons both joyful and challenging, this is a hectic time of year. If you cannot attend this peer support meeting, or are seeking support outside of this time, Funeral Professionals Peer Support’s Warmline is open 24/7 for calls and texts. Connect with someone who understands what you are going through: (613) 917-8057 (call or text).
Join Christina and your colleagues across the world to talk about self-care, wellness, and mental health for funeral service professionals of all levels in their career. This conversation is open to anyone in the death care profession, in any role in the funeral home, cemetery or crematory, or at any stage in their career. Join your peers on Tuesday, December 20, 2022 at 8pm ET / 7pm CT / 5pm PT via Zoom link at goCANA.org/peersupport.
About Funeral Professionals Peer Support
Funeral Professionals Peer Support Group is committed to providing support, healing, education and knowledge to funeral professionals. They promote wholeness and wellness by uniting funeral sector professionals through a Canada-wide network of regional organizations offering support, information and resources within their community.
Founded in 1913, the Cremation Association of North America (CANA) is an international organization of over 3,500 members, composed of funeral homes, cemeteries, crematories, industry suppliers, and consultants. CANA members believe that cremation is preparation for memorialization.