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How can I succeed in the field of funeral services?

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Jake’s Answer

This is actually a very in-need career! Funeral homes are looking for the next generation of funeral professionals and many of them are offering internships, apprenticeships, and education awards to help pay for school. It sounds like all that's really needed is a willingness to learn and jump in, but most of all, to put yourself in the shoes of the families who have lost loved ones and think about how to make a very sad day both special and memorable to them.

My advice would be to reach out to some of the local funeral homes in your area and see if the owner/manager would be willing to spend a few minutes with you talking about their careers - there are also large companies like Carriage Services who I'm sure could point you in the right direction. Good luck!

(*As I side note, I've never worked in the industry but provided management consulting service to Funeral Homes)

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James Constantine’s Answer

To excel in the funeral services field, you need a robust understanding of funeral planning and the emotional needs of the families you'll assist. Here are some enhanced tips to guide you to success:

1. Gain a comprehensive knowledge of the funeral planning process. This includes understanding legal and regulatory obligations, as well as the various choices families have.
2. Enhance your communication and interpersonal skills, as you'll be supporting families during a challenging period.
3. Consider getting a degree in mortuary science or a similar field to understand the technical aspects of funeral services.
4. Look for internships or apprenticeships to acquire practical experience in the industry.
5. Connect with other professionals in the field, like funeral directors, morticians, and cemetery administrators, to expand your network.
6. Stay informed about industry updates, including regulatory changes, emerging technologies, and evolving consumer preferences.

To back up these tips, consider these three authoritative books:

1. "Funeral Service: A Profession of Caring and Compassion" by the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA)
2. "Mortuary Science: A Guide for the Professional" by the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDDI)
3. "The Funeral Industry Handbook" by the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association (ICCFA)

These tips and references should aid you in your funeral services career. Always prioritize the families you serve and approach your work with compassion, empathy, and professionalism.
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