Attending a funeral service for someone you’ve lost can be hard, both for the grieving family and the funeral service. Funeral services are the people behind the service making sure that everything goes smoothly and comfortably. They are there to make sure nothing goes wrong so that you won’t be bothered in times of mourning.
Samantha Ward, of Bay Tree Funerals, has described her journey as a Funeral Director as a “gratifying one.” Her objective behind becoming a Funeral Director was to help families at the worst time in their lives. He and her husband did lots of research and spoke to lots of people in the funeral service industry and decided that something needed to change in how funeral services approached funerals.
“I explained to my husband why I wanted to work as a Funeral Director, and how much I felt I needed to do to make a difference in the funeral industry.”
After their extensive research they found nothing but positives, so the next step was to attend a course to Green Fuse Heart and Souls in Devon. After the courses, Samantha had grasp an understanding of what the job requires, what the job involves, the roles within the service, and the impact loss and grieve can have on the family members.
“Arranging the funeral service and directing the funeral on the day can be only achieved through excellent communication and people skills.”
“In almost all situations, you will be dealing with sensitive people, and your ability and skills will be most needed so that everything goes as planned.”
Being a funeral director is a hard job. You need to be 24 hours a day, 7 days a week available through the year. Besides administrative work, visiting clients is also your job throughout the day.
“You never know when the phone will ring and someone asks for your services,” Samantha said, funerals can take place any time of day any day of the week. “The only holiday you don’t work is Christmas.”
There are two types of funeral services, the big industry service companies, and the small personal independent family services.
The latter appeal more to us, they appeal as more gentle and such services will do everything in their power to accomplish a more celebrated funeral at an affordable price for the family. Samantha also says that having a lady as a funeral director brings a more caring and loving approach.
“A lady funeral director is here to offer you support and care for you as well as your loved ones. This is why usually a lady collects the deceased, looks after the deceased and washed them, dresses them, and does their hair and everything else. A lady funeral director will do their makeup and take charge of the cremation as good as any funeral service company.
Samantha says that being a funeral director is not an easy job. You still have kids and a husband at home, a house to clean, and attending funerals involves being outdoors most of the time in all kinds of weather conditions. “No matter how cold and wet you are, what you are going through doesn’t compare to what the family is feeling on that day.”
“I am lucky to have a husband that loves me, supports me in what I do, and helps more with the kids when I am attending a funeral.”