And So Begins My New Life

Join me as I embark on a new life and new career in Funeral Services.

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Location: Southeast, United States

I'm a Funeral Services graduate embarking on a new career. I graduated high school in 1981, served honorably in the United States Navy from 1982-1986, been married since 1986, and have one son. I've relocated to a new state and have begun working in my chosen profession of Funeral Services, and I've never been happier.

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Friday, February 22, 2013

No Replacements On Order

This week has been so busy. Tomorrow we have services for our fifth burial this week, plus visitation on Sunday with burial on Monday, then a Tuesday burial, plus one or two pending calls that will be coming in soon. Yesterday it was just myself and our secretary, and everything was fine until lunch, then the calls start coming in. I have to arrange a memorial service, I have to set up an urn interment at a local cemetery, I have to deliver cremated remains, I have to pack several urns for a service tomorrow, I have to fax paperwork and contracts to a nearby funeral home...all while trying to get our viewing and visitation dressed and casketed for today. I felt like I was being pulled in a dozen directions at once. When I asked my boss if he had ordered a replacement funeral director for the one we lost, he said he wasn't going to.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

He Had Enough

In regards to my previous post, we have now lost a director over the situation. For the past few days we've been doing yard work. The leaves that have fallen every winter have been left on the ground for the past few years. As a result, our lawn is dying a slow death. We were instructed a couple of weeks ago that we need to rake them up and bag them, so we worked on that earlier this week. In truth, I don't mind the work because it really does need to be done. The intern helped some the first day, but on the second day it was decided he would meet with a family while the director would do yard work. I was excluded because I had to go to a cemetery about an hour away and handle a disinterment. We were bringing up a body that had been buried in 2005. I was to go down, pick up the casket and bring it back to the crematory, where we would remove the body and cremate. Well, the director who was to rake leaves decided he had had enough, and quit without notice. So now we have two directors to cover two locations, plus we have gotten incredibly busy. We have three burials this week, two of them at the National Cemetery.