On March 11th, we celebrate National Funeral Directors and Morticians Recognition Day. An annual day for people to celebrate and thank the funeral directors in their community for everything that they do.
In just a few weeks, I’ll be coming up on my second “FrontRunnerversary”. During these past two years, I’ve had the chance to work with and learn from some truly amazing people. Hearing stories of services you’ve planned for families or the things you do for people in your communities is truly inspiring.
The job of a funeral director is not easy, to say the least. One might argue it’s one of the toughest and most demanding fields of work there is. Besides the physical demands of the job, the emotional strain is draining, I’m sure. Experiencing a loved one’s death is one thing, but when your career revolves around it every day, it takes a special type of person.
So thank you. When someone’s world is falling apart, you are the people who help them grieve, remember, and celebrate. You do incredible things to help people feel better. Like Conner & Koch Funeral Home in Bellbrook, Ohio. They believe that a life should be celebrated, and help arrange incredibly personal and detailed celebrations of life. Check out the backdrops they had created to transform their funeral home and celebrate one women’s love cooking and Christmas.
Besides just being there to help people grieve, you make a conscious effort to get involved in your community. From making charitable donations to sitting on boards or just volunteering, you go above and beyond to help others with nothing asked for in return. A lot of businesses are proud to be locally-owned but few are as active in their communities as funeral homes often are. Your commitment to bettering the lives of others does not go unnoticed.
So thank you for taking the time to get out and help others. Like Bordentown Home For Funerals in Bordentown, New Jersey. They took time to help educate local elementary students studying mummification about the history of funerary practices. They even sponsored an online course for four classes from the school to enroll in and learn even more. Read more here.
Something a lot of people never really consider is that you make yourselves available 24/7. Death doesn’t wait for business hours. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard stories of a funeral director calling in for support during the middle of the night. No matter what, you always answer a call for service and are willing to drop everything to go and help a family in need. Whether that means getting up in the middle of a movie, missing out on holidays or family events, working long hours, or just sacrificing time for yourself, you do it. No questions asked, so thank you for that.
Most people work the typical 9-5 gig and work stops at the end of the day. But you don’t stop. Because death doesn’t stop. And its commitment like that which sets a standard for quality care and service. Like Davis Funeral Home in Nashua, New Hampshire. As 20+ time winner of the Pursuit of Excellence Award and member of NFDA’s Hall of Excellence, your firm defines what a quality and reputable funeral home should look like. You set the bar high and routinely exceed it.
At FrontRunner, we’re fortunate to get to work with some of the profession’s most caring and dedicated funeral directors. And we love every second about it. Whether it’s chatting on the phone or catching up at tradeshows, we always love hearing from you and are here to help. So thank you, to each and every funeral director for your commitment to serving families, the active role you take in community events, and for being there to help someone through some of the most difficult moments in life.
We recognize you. We appreciate you. But most importantly, we’re lucky to call you clients and friends.
On behalf of everyone at FrontRunner, we hope you have a happy Funeral Directors and Morticians Recognition Day!