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re: I don't know how anyone works at a funeral home


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I agree. It's a pretty dead end job.


I thought it was a dying industry.






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LaBR4
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re: I don't know how anyone works at a funeral home


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$$

at what, maybe $10,000 a pop....a few funerals a week..if I owned a funeral home..oh yeah...we're going to miss them...but let's give them a great funeral and remember the good times.



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Kafka
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re: I don't know how anyone works at a funeral home


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It's a pretty dead end job


IT'S A CAREER KILLER






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Hugo Stiglitz
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re: I don't know how anyone works at a funeral home


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There is no reason for them to charge close to what they do.

you realize this logic can apply to almost any industry (medical, hotels, LSU ticket prices, automotive care, insurance, etc.)

I understand they're making a living...there's nothing stopping someone from building an affordable funeral home empire.






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nevilletiger79
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re: I don't know how anyone works at a funeral home


Why they are the last ones who let you down...and they must be friendly people are just dying to get in





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Kafka
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The American Way of Death is an exposé of abuses in the funeral home industry in the United States, written by Jessica Mitford and published in 1963. Feeling that death had become much too sentimentalized, highly commercialized, and, above all, excessively expensive, Mitford published her research, which, she argues, documents the ways in which funeral directors take advantage of the shock and grief of friends and relatives of loved ones to convince them to pay far more than necessary for the funeral and other services, such as availability of so-called "grief counselors," a title she claims is unmerited.

An updated revision, The American Way of Death Revisited, completed by Mitford just before her death in 1996, appeared in 1998.

In keeping with her wishes, Mitford herself had an inexpensive funeral, which cost $533.31 – she was cremated without a ceremony, and the ashes scattered at sea; the cremation itself cost $475. The funeral company was the Pacific Interment Service, which prides itself on "dignity, simplicity, affordability"






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LSUAlum2001
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re: I don't know how anyone works at a funeral home


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I don't know how anyone works at a funeral home


My family used to own the Adams Funeral Home in BR.







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Hugo Stiglitz
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re: I don't know how anyone works at a funeral home


It's just like any other business industry, some are more morally bankrupt than others.

I think it's presumptuous to vilify funeral homes all together.






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HarryBalzack
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re: I don't know how anyone works at a funeral home


Neither do I, but when I kick the can, I want to go out like this brother.



ETA: To be clear, these are pictures of a stiff.



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Beachtiger
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re: I don't know how anyone works at a funeral home


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It's taking advantage of people who are going through one of the handful of worst periods in their lives.


When my mother died she was cremated. My dad had burial insurance for both of them. When the funeral director met with us, he asked if we wanted to upgrade in the cremation box. The price was 250,750 and 1500. When I asked what the difference was from what was provided in the policy he told me it was higher quality cardboard. Closest I came to beating a person to death.






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ThereGoesHerschel
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re: I don't know how anyone works at a funeral home


I worked at one for a year and a half starting at age 16. Was my first job. Not a bad gig honestly, you get desensitized to everything. People in there sad and crying doesn't affect you anymore after you see it a few times.







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HarryBalzack
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re: I don't know how anyone works at a funeral home


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It's just like any other business industry, some are more morally bankrupt than others.

I think it's presumptuous to vilify funeral homes all together.


Yes, I know several folks who work in the business. They're great folks, but you can't help wonder why they went into that line of work, especially if their folks weren't it to begin with.

But I wonder why any MD would specialize in proctology, too.






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Elephino
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Not exactly what it appears. There are pre-requisite classes not counted in the actual Assoc. Deg. program. You also have to do a 1-year internship under a licensed director. Some states grant one license for embalmers and directors, some grant two (could be grandfathered as a director into family business, but not embalm). Some states (Ohio I believe) require a BS degree. The money is not great and the hours suck (my wife is/was one). She worked almost every night and weekend the first 6 years we were married while I was in grad school/post-doc.






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Hugo Stiglitz
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Kafka
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re: I don't know how anyone works at a funeral home


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I wonder why any MD would specialize in proctology, too.



it's da shit






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JordonfortheJ
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re: I don't know how anyone works at a funeral home


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Just left a funeral obviously, I don't know how you could deal with such a depressing work atmosphere every day



Most of the time they don't know the person...so I'm sure it's not that hard on them.






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HarryBalzack
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re: I don't know how anyone works at a funeral home


Was it a Dignity Memorial Funeral Home?

60 Minutes did a piece on them. I know, "Oh, shit! Mike Wallace is coming."

Nice folk.






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Elephino
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re: I don't know how anyone works at a funeral home


Wife had a shirt that said "business is in the ground, but it's looking up".





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HarryBalzack
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re: I don't know how anyone works at a funeral home


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it's da shit


Yeah, but that bag doesn't have chips in it.






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TIGERSandFROGS
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re: I don't know how anyone works at a funeral home


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Add in that they're always in sleezy with the local politicians, and I have zero respect for those people.

Show me a poor funeral director and I'll apologize to him.


I know numerous funeral directors that live a life far from opulence, and they work around 50 hours a week.


It's amazing the misconceptions that people have about the funeral business. Of course, blowhards like yourself only see people making a living off of people in grief and assume they are sleazy and taking advantage--never mind the fact that 90% of their job is done with the goal of making the process easier on the family. In fact, I know of one funeral director who receives cards from several different families on the birthday or anniversary of the death of their loved one thanking him for the help and compassion he had in their time of need.






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