Thursday, April 10, 2014

Why do we educate our families?

Drew Edwards,
General Manager,
Sunset Funeral Homes
Recently, I received a newspaper clipping from a fellow funeral director in Illinois. The article was written by a man who had lost his wife and didn't feel supported by the small community in which he lived. The gentleman was upset with his hometown for not sharing in his grief.

A few days prior to this article, her obituary was submitted and clearly stated that she was to be cremated and a public service was not going to be held. I had to wonder if his feelings would have been different if he would have had a public service and allowed the community to share in his grief.

As funeral professionals, it is our job to educate the community on why families hold funerals and why we create for our loved ones. Whether the ceremony is big or small, or their memorial is traditional or full of color, their story is worth being told.

If you would like us to help you create your next unique memorial, give Customer Service a call at 800.798.4900.

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