It could be an ad written for just about any cemetery or funeral home in the country. These positions are filled with some of the most caring men and women in your community; and maybe even a friend or relative of yours works as a counselor. Almost all of them never knew that the job existed up until the time they answered the ad for the job.
Very few young people ‘decide’ when they grow up that they want to become a family service counselor, or more succinctly put, a person who will ‘council a family on making cemetery and funeral arrangements’. At the time of need, funeral arrangements must be made with a licensed funeral director.
People die every day. There is nothing “newsy” about that. Illness, accidents, natural disasters, crime … depressing at the least, so it is better to think of happy thoughts. Fortunately, we humans are wired in such a way as to be able to separate ourselves from the pain others feel during their individual losses. If we were not made that way, we would not be able to function. In our world of instant news, it would be easy for one to be emotionally “buried” by all the death that surrounds us every single waking moment of our lives.
In fact, as I write these words, bodies by the thousands are washing ashore in Japan after the tsunami that hit that small nation recently. A mom is killed on her way to work. A baby is stillborn. A grandpa takes his last breath surrounded by those who love him. If we sat and considered all the tragedy that fills the newspapers every day, no matter what part of the world we live in, we would find it hard to get out of bed each morning.