Losing a loved one is always tough - and during your period of bereavement, you'll surely experience high emotions and ample stress. Compounding that stress is the sheer number of decisions that must be made during this season - decisions related to the death announcement, the burial, the estate, and so on.
During this difficult time, it is vital to have someone you can lean on. Hopefully, friends and family members will help to fill this role. With that said, you also have an invaluable ally in your funeral director - someone who can dispense professional advice and technical guidance as well as provide emotional support.
What makes funeral directors so invaluable is their fundamental unselfishness. Funeral directors give freely of themselves, typically making themselves available around the clock and allowing mourners to open up to them and to share their grief. This job is not only physically tiring, but also emotionally taxing.
In fact, most funeral directors live with a great deal of emotional stress - yet they willingly play through that stress to be there for mourners, to hold your hand and to listen as you share your sorrows and your burdens.
It is a line of work unlike any other, which is why many funeral directors don't consider it to be a conventional occupation at all - but rather, a true calling.
When a season of bereavement comes, make sure to lean on your funeral director, and to realize what an indispensable ally he or she really is.