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Six Books Every Funeral Director Should Read

by | Aug 9, 2019 | Funeral Profession

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Since August 9 is Book Lovers Day, we’re celebrating by sharing some must-read books for funeral directors. These books cover a variety of topics that we think will help you excel as a funeral professional.

We hope you have time to curl up with a book today. Get started by checking out our list of titles below.

1. And Then I Cried: Stories of a Mortuary NCO — Justin Jordan

Justin Jordan gives readers an inside look at his job as an Air Force Mortuary Non-Commissioned Officer in this novel. In grave detail, he shares how he honored our fallen troops and the trauma that comes along with such a task. His struggle with PTSD and isolation is a lesson that funeral directors need to find resources to help with their work-related stress and burnout.

2. The Last Lecture — Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow

If you knew today was your last day on earth, what wisdom would you impart on the world? When Randy Pausch was diagnosed with terminal cancer, he seriously considered this question. In his book, Pausch discusses the importance of overcoming obstacles, enabling other’s dreams, and seizing the day. This book is a guide to living because we all have a limited time to make the most of it.

3. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes & Other Lessons from the Crematory — Caitlin Doughty

In her eye-opening novel, Caitlin Doughty explores the secretive culture of those who care for the dead. She dives into the bizarre history of cremation and looks closely at funeral practices from other cultures. Her writing style is honest, heartfelt, and a bit self-deprecating — keeping readers engaged while teaching them a thing or two.

4. Speaking of the Dead — Chelsea Tolman

Chelsea Tolman is a funeral director with more than 15 years of experience. In her book, she gives readers an inside look into the funeral profession. She shares stories from her job and connects them to the way our culture copes with death. She also spends a great amount of the novel covering different death customs from around the world.

5. It’s OK That You’re Not OK: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn’t Understand — Megan Devine

In Western culture, grief is seen as taboo. It’s something that needs to be cured or to go away as soon as possible. In this book, Megan Devine discusses the unhealthy practice of grief shaming and offers a new approach to the experience of grief. She also challenges the myths of grief and provides practical guidance for coping with grief. This book will help you better understand what your families are going through and provides ways you can help them move forward.

6. How to Avoid Compassion Fatigue and Burnout — Frazer Consultants

Funeral directors have one of the most stressful jobs out there, which is why it’s so important for them to regularly practice self-care. In this free eBook, we walk you through the importance of self-care and offer ideas to improve your own self-care routine.


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