What Funeral Directors Do

Posted on April 19, 2019 by Brunner Sanden Deitrick Funeral Home under Funeral Directors
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What do funeral directors do

It’s late, why is the light on at the funeral home? 

Today, there was a funeral. People cried. Tissues were crumpled and left on the tables.  Flower petals fell to the floor. Now, the cleaning staff is making things tidy for the family who will be here tomorrow.

 

It’s late, why is the light on at the funeral home? 

Someone in our town died away from home, the funeral director is traveling many miles to bring him home and into the funeral home’s care. The light is on in anticipation of his safe return. 

 

It’s late, why is the light on at the funeral home? 

Hospice called. The teacher who taught the funeral director — and you — in the third grade isn’t expected to make it through the night. He’s catching up on paperwork while he keeps vigil. Soon he’ll be called to the home and it will be his turn to take care of the teacher. 

 

It’s late, why is the light on at the funeral home? 

There are computer problems. The video tribute file a family sent won’t work. We’re staying late to make it right for their service. 

 

It’s late, why is the light on at the funeral home? 

It was a busy day today and we still need to notify Social Security and the Veteran’s Administration of Mr. Smith’s death. 

 

It’s late, why is the light on at the funeral home? 

There’s been a terrible accident. We’re doing our best to make a loved one presentable so that they can say goodbye with dignity. 

 

It’s late, why is the light on at the funeral home? 

The obituary the Jones’s gave us for their father is full of misspellings. We need to correct them and get it to the paper. 

 

It’s late, why is the light on at the funeral home? 

We’re reviewing all of the details for tomorrow’s service. When will the celebrant arrive? Do we have drivers for the cars? Who will be the pallbearers?  

 

It’s late, why is the light on at the funeral home? 

We’re checking tomorrow’s weather in case we need the umbrellas. 

 

It’s late, why is the light on at the funeral home? 

The light is on because your neighbor, the funeral director, is pacing the floor. He can’t sleep. Tomorrow, he will oversee the service for his daughter’s classmate.  

Sometimes death is just too close, even for him. 

6 Responses to What Funeral Directors Do

  1. Avatar Barbara Galeno says:

    You took care of my mom dad aunt and uncle beautiful. But when my son died you handle all of us with such comfort and care. I will always be grateful!!
    Thank you from the bottom of our hearts

  2. Avatar Barbara E. Young says:

    I appreciate the blog. I am currently earning my Bachelor’s Degree, and then working to pursue my career as a Funeral Director. My niece shared this with me and it is exactly why I feel this is the career I wish to pursue.

    Thank you for writing it. More people need to understand what it takes to be this devoted, and really, in a behind the scenes kind of way.

  3. Avatar Connie Beverage says:

    Thankful the Brunner Sanden Deitrick Funeral Home & Cremation leaves their light on!

  4. Avatar Tracy Dennis says:

    Beautifully written. So much we take for granted. Thank you for all you do!

  5. Avatar Lynn N says:

    All this and the Brunner family makes it look so easy. But that just proves how professional , caring and compassionate your family is.

  6. Avatar Jackie Milner says:

    This is why your family has always been such a pillar in the community, Sandy. Thank you.

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