Why Funeral Professionals Are The TRUE Santa ClausDecember 24th, 2016
Everyone knows that the holidays are so much more than presents and stockings. As Santa Claus would say, ‘Tis the season of giving… whether that’s giving back to your community, giving love to those around you, or even giving back to those who are less fortunate.
But while the importance of giving back is amplified throughout the world during the holidays, when you’re in the funeral profession, giving and putting others before yourself is not just an activity that ends once the eggnog has run dry and the last pine needle has fallen from the Christmas tree. It’s a way of life. A career. A passion. An everyday mission that guides everything that we do.
Take that, Santa.
So this holiday season, we want to give a big shout out to all of the amazing funeral professionals out there who work every day to put others ahead of themselves. Not only is their giving nature something to be thankful for, but it should also serve as inspiration to others in the world to give back more in their day-to-day life.
The 24/7, 365 Giving Nature of Funeral Professionals
If there is one thing we know about death, it is that it never comes at a convenient time. Take the holidays for instance… what many funeral professionals refer to as “the busy season.” While your friends may be waking up with their family on Christmas morning, or sitting down to a beautiful family meal for the holidays, there are a number of selfless funeral directors out there who are out on a house call, tirelessly planning a beautiful service, or helping to guide a family through one of the most difficult moments of their life.
And they get up and do it again the next day, and the day after that, because giving and helping others is a part of who they are, and it’s what makes this profession so rewarding. They recognize that, while they would love to spend another hour in bed or sit down with their family for dinner, there is another family out there that isn’t afforded that opportunity. And that family is calling on them for help. So they continue to step up, time and time again… on Thanksgiving, on their birthdays, during summer “vacation,” etc. You name a holiday, and we’ll name a number of funeral directors who have selflessly left their own families behind to go care for someone else’s. And they feel so lucky for the opportunity to do so.
A Christmas Wish from the Funeral Profession
If there was only one wish that we could make this holiday season, it would be for everyone in the world to take on the selfless nature and ‘giving back’ mentality of funeral directors. If everyone just took a step back and recognized that every person is going through a difficult situation that they know nothing about, they would see for themselves that a little kindness and generosity can be the difference between a good day and a bad day for many.
Even something as simple as spreading holiday cheer to your neighbors, or paying forward the gift of coffee or a gas tank fill-up can make someone’s day… or even year. It may be exactly the thing that someone needs to find encouragement to keep moving forward in this sometimes harsh world… and all it takes is one simple gesture.
That is our challenge to you this holiday season… to funeral professionals and others alike: bring this giving back mentality into your personal life, even once Christmas season has come to an end. Let go of the grudges, bad feelings or resentments that you may have developed throughout 2016. As funeral professionals have seen far too often, these grudges really are not that important in the grand scheme of things, and they seem far less important when that person isn’t around anymore.
And last but not least… spread love to the ones that you care most about, and give thanks to the important people around you. You can never do either too often.
This holiday season, our entire funeralOne team is beyond thankful and grateful for all of the hard work of our friends in the funeral profession. We can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store! Cheers, and have a safe and happy holiday season.