The funeral profession has some really quirky regulations and irregular standards that cause undue scrutiny every time one of our illustrious colleagues performs a stupid stunt. We have states that require a dual license (embalmer and director), we have a state that requires no license (Colorado). We have states where a funeral home must have at least 6 caskets in the building. Another prohibits casket sales other than from a funeral home. And even a state that requires a hearse be parked on the premises. Most fascinating is that regulations are “interpreted” just like some interpret the Bible-whatever suits personal position. The Funeral Rule is one of the clearest cut and simplest regulatory set of rules I have ever seen. Yet, nearly 30% of funeral homes inspected annually are in violation.
Who makes all these silly regulations? Funeral directors. Consider dual licensure. Does anyone think some personalities and talents are more suited for arrangements versus embalming? Bringing Igor out of the dungeon expecting a Billy Graham arrangement session is ludicrous. Why not 3 caskets in the building, or maybe an even dozen? What’s the legal definition of a hearse? Could it be a van with the respectful “landau” strip of metal on the side?
We are our own worst enemy creating barriers for success because we attempt a façade of some messed up nobility which supersedes common sense. One thing I really like about the “new generation” of funeral directors that are entering the marketplace. They don’t take your word for it, they Google and fact check. You know, actually find the regulations on their smart devices and challenging the absurd when Foghorn Leghorn starts crowing.
We are entering a new era in the funeral business where the light is being shined on the darkness simply because of information. And when you have information, you become educated. When you get educated, you have a platform to effect change. Rather than embrace “what is,” run the risk of failing scrutiny because you’ve processed regulations in a self serving way, let’s get educated and busy. Perhaps the time has come to clean up this ridiculous mess.
From the sunny Command Post (West), Cheers Y’all! #thefuneralcommander