Oratory is the masterful art. Poetry, painting, music, sculpture, architecture please, thrill, inspire – but oratory rules. The orator dominates those who hear him, convinces their reason, controls their judgment, compels their action. For the time being, he is master.
David Josiah Brewster
For those of you who know me personally, you know how passionate I am about cremation and the death-care profession as a whole. It has been said that nothing defines the civility of a society better than how they treat their dead. If this is the case then we may be in for some incivility, to say the least. I believe it is our responsibility as a profession to educate the masses, the public and the grieving, to better understand the value of the funeral rite. I also believe that the funeral rite is dynamic, ever changing and not controlled by the profession but by the grieving public. I often ask “what is a proper funeral”? Sometimes I get the standard description of a “traditional” funeral complete with casket, embalming, viewing, burial, etc. What I almost never hear from our profession is “casket, embalming, viewing, celebration and cremation“. A “proper” funeral is whatever the grieving family wants and needs to mourn the loss of a loved one and to start the healing process of grief.
ALL funeral professionals, from the embalmer to the receptionist, from the family counselors to the cremation equipment operators, should be trained and well versed in what goes on in all areas of the business, especially the prep room and the crematory. We can’t serve the public without proper knowledge and we can’t succeed without serving. Families want experts in all fields and there are no exceptions.
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