New Funeral Emojis? | FFFW 156

ENJOY Friday Funeral Fast Wrap Funeral Industry News October 6, 2023

New Funeral Emojis? | FFFW 156

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On this day in 2010, Instagram was officially launched. Just think, it was only 13 years ago that we didn’t have to worry about funeral selfies. Those were the days.

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I’ve heard it said that we’re heading back in time to hieroglyphs. We’re using symbols (emojis) more and more in place of words. My coworker and I were discussing this the other day and went through the whole catalog of Apple emojis.

I was reminded that there is a small but significant library of “Funeral” emojis. So here are all the options you have next time you want to spice up your work messages.


There you go! You have a coffin, a headstone, two types of urns, and a church. Do you even need words now?

A Petition for Grief Otters

Normally I have some sort of angle for my articles. Like, normally I’m poking fun at something in the profession or something in culture. But today’s article is a little different. I’m legit just going to beg.

Can you please get a grief otter for your funeral home? Grief dogs are great. Like I love dogs, but I see a lot of dogs in life. Like they’re amazing, but if I were facing a loss and then a funeral director said “would you like to meet with our grief otter?” well then, I think my grief would be gone. Like that would probably get me through all the stages in about 5 seconds. Cause all a sudden, I’m really more concerned about chilling with an otter than I am thinking about the realities of life.

I had ChatGPT dig up 5 facts that will prove that otters could be great grief pets. Check them out.

  1. Playful and Distraction: Otters are known for their playful and curious nature. Their antics can be a source of distraction and joy, helping to momentarily ease the grief of mourners. Their lively behavior can provide a welcome respite from the somber atmosphere of a funeral home.
  2. Social Creatures: Otters are highly social animals and often live in close-knit family groups. This can symbolize the importance of community and support during times of grief, reminding mourners that they are not alone in their sorrow.
  3. Therapeutic Benefits: Interacting with animals, such as otters, can have therapeutic benefits. Petting or observing otters can release endorphins and reduce stress and anxiety, which can be particularly helpful for individuals coping with grief.
  4. Symbol of Resilience: Otters are excellent swimmers and adapt well to their environments. They can symbolize resilience and the ability to navigate through difficult emotions and situations, offering mourners a source of inspiration and hope.
  5. Non-Traditional Comfort: Introducing an otter as a grief pet can create a unique and memorable experience for mourners. It can serve as a conversation starter and encourage people to share stories and memories about the deceased, fostering a sense of connection and healing.

So there you go. If you’re the decision maker, go ahead and make this decision: If you’re not, then show this article to the decision maker.

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