I really enjoy reading posts, blogs and comments that circulate throughout the funeral, grief, hospice and senior care industries. Many offer excellent insights from combined experience and education, providing helpful relevance which assists all of us that serve. Actually looking a dying person in the eyes while providing comfort, or working with a family stressed and emotionally drained from providing day-to-day care is much different from reading about it. Additionally, being in a funeral arrangement session with families whose members are in the same state, imminent/post death actually observing their decision-making under the cloud of anguish and grief is equally not the same as speculating about what actually takes place in such events.
So my post today is first to thank those of you in the before-mentioned positions and professions for sharing your experiences to assist others to serve better. But “the heart of the matter” is to address all those that are surrounding and “supporting” our respective industries. We get inundated by “try this, do that and we’re sure this will work” by those that have never changed a bed pan, consulted a family about the impending death of their loved one, provided comfort transition from life to death, created a funeral home budget/P&L, assisted a family making funeral arrangements, watched a family kiss their loved one for the last time, or actually provided comfort to a grieving person over their loss.
I’m a firm believer in education about any specific profession, but I also believe that “hands on experience,” training and practice are the best teachers. It’s like reading books about combat and thinking you are prepared for battle. One must have actual experience for true appreciation of the work involved; along with the “authority” to offer insight or opinions with credibility.
Finally, I want to encourage those that do contribute from authority and experience to continue providing meaningful and original content. For all the others, give us break. We can read Forbes, or Entrepreneur finding such generalized content ourselves…quit posting stuff for the sake of posting. I have been in a combat zone and a target of real world attacks; so for the respective industry carp that will “yelp like a bit dog” and get their underwear in a wad; go ahead take offense and get over yourself. For everyone else please continue the great work. Cheers y’all!