Why Working In Funerals Leaves You So Thankful At Thanksgiving

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It’s hard not to be thankful for the little things in life when you work in the funeral profession. Sure, don’t get me wrong, I’m sure there are some aspects of this 24/7 industry that make you question why you do what you do. But, at the end of the day, it’s hard to stay bitter about the struggles of your job when you are helping people face some of the most difficult moments of their life. It really puts things in perspective, doesn’t it?

This Thanksgiving, I truly am thankful for the role I get to play in this unique profession of ours. Being able to help families and their loved ones during their difficult moments really is the luckiest job in the world. Yes, there are hard times. But there are also moments where you truly get to make a difference. I see it from our Sympathy Store team, when they go above and beyond to help people show support at a funeral. I hear it from our f1Connect Web Development and Marketing teams, when they are able to connect funeral directors to their families online and help them better their business.

And I hear it from you all… the funeral professionals who read our blog, use our products, follow us on social media, visit us at our trade show booths, and call us telling us about the difference you were able to make in a family’s life, all thanks to our products. Today, we are extra thankful to work alongside a profession of such passionate and dedicated people. Thank you for all that you do, every single day.

In addition to finding out why our funeralOne team is thankful to work in the funeral profession, we wanted to find out what other funeral professionals were thankful for this Thanksgiving. Here’s what everyone had to say…

Why funeralOne Is Thankful To Work In This Profession

Heather Polites, Customer Experience Team Leader

“One of the best things about working in the funeral industry is the daily reminder at how precious life really is. It has helped me to be thankful everyday for for my health, family and each moment we share together, no matter how big or small. I find that I worry less now about silly little things because I have a better grasp upon the overall importance of life.”

Tim Bosley, f1Connect Web Developer

“It feels good to take care of our Funeral Directors’ website and technology needs. I know when we do our jobs, it allows them to focus on what matters most – their families!”

Rilee Chastain, Content Marketing Manager

“I am super thankful to work in an industry full of people who are passionate about what they do. The funeral profession is not just a 9am-5pm job. It’s full of people who wake up with purpose, strive to make a difference in the world, and use their talent to help others. When you are surrounded with people who have this kind of energy about their work, it’s hard not to be excited to get up and do great work everyday. I love hearing their stories and sharing them with other people in this industry, so hopefully they can become just as inspired as I am!”

Jessica Johnson, Customer Support Specialist

“I’m thankful that we’re able to provide our customers with any kind of help during one of the most stressful and painful times in their lives. For the most part, people are very appreciative of the fact that we’re able to do something as simple as change a card message or confirm delivery of flowers, and no matter how small the task is. I’m happy to help!”

Nacho Giri, Art Director

“Failure is the moment I am most thankful for. That moment when everything turns black. When nothing seems to be working. When the only option seems to give up. It’s the perfect moment for the right opportunity and change everything. Because the key for success is to fail. Several times. Many times. And none of them are pleasant. But that roller-coaster of emotions is the one that I enjoy the most. Changing ‘I need to do this’ for ‘I get to do this’ will help you enjoy the ride. Here at funeralOne, our process is just like that. Failing enables us to be empathetic and deliver the best customer experience to all our clients.”

Allen Palmateer, f1Connect Web Developer

“Funeral professionals prevent a zombie apocalypse on the daily. I’m super thankful for that. But seriously… I’m thankful knowing that the services I provide help professionals who aid grieving families. The loss of a loved one is difficult stage in life that everyone sooner or later faces. Marrying one of the oldest professions with technology and innovation, to make this process easier for all involved, is what we thrive to do. And I get to do it while working with some of the most intelligent and talented individuals I’ve ever met.”

[Want to read why the rest of the funeralOne team is thankful to work in this profession? Be sure to check out our Thanksgiving post from last year: 11 Reasons We’re Thankful To Be In The Funeral Profession]

We Asked… Why Are YOU Thankful To Work In This Profession

With ‪Thanksgiving‬ coming up, we wanted to know what other funeral professionals were thankful for this year. So, we asked our social media followers: What are you thankful for when it comes to working in this profession? Here’s what they had to say…

Karen Amaden Smith: “Thankful for the privilege to serve families when they are hurting and making a difference in their darkest hours.”

Amanda Michelle Calzadias: [I’m] thankful for following my dream at a young age and then fulfilling it. Especially when families are beyond grateful for your work to serve them.”

Roi G Williamson Jr: “For the opportunity to serve others in their time of need and help them through a difficult situation with patients, care and courtesy. Also for the opportunity of being close to the Good Shepherd daily and working with some of the most awesome people in the profession.”

Mike Mendiola: “It keeps me in constant Jesus mode.” *wink emoticon*

Jerry Perry: “[I’m] thankful for doing what I have wanted to do for several years. I love helping families that are in one of their weakest states of their life.”

Rick Jacquart: “My everyday life!”

Jared Daniel Bailey: “[I’m] Thankful That God Put Me In A Wonderful Job! And Families Thanking You For What You’ve Done For Mama Or Daddy.”

Lola Bey: “[I’m] thankful for life itself and my kids, family and friends who I love dearly and colleagues who share their lives with me… GOD BLESS.”

Beverly Williams: “[I’m thankful] for not being there so far!”

Kim Curtis Rix: “[I’m] thankful to be alive another day.”

Betty Baucom Mcconnell “I am Thankful for the skills and training to help someone in their time of need.”

Jennifer Hood: “I’m thankful for life itself! This profession makes me live life to the fullest and enjoy it while I can!”

Why are YOU thankful this Thanksgiving season?! Be sure to let us know in the comments below. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving, from all of us at funeralOne!

Joe Joachim


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