Jobs and Careers - Hilary Devey 2012 - (Page 88)

starting a job in the funeral industry can provide a rewarding and diverse career Funeralservices could provide a successful – albeit unusual – career path. T here are only two certainties in life: death and taxes – and so in the same way that there are jobs dedicated to welcoming newborns into the world, there is a whole industry devoted to the end of life, too. The current value of the UK funeral market stands at £1billion and, with more than 600,000 funerals taking place each year, working within in the industry More than MeetS the eye There’s much more to coordinating a funeral than simply selecting flowers and the coffin (although these are important decisions to be made); these responsibilities are dealt with by funeral service organisations on behalf of the deceased person’s family, taking the pressure away from them during this period of mourning. Unlike many other family affairs, an air of sadness understandably tends to come hand-in-hand with funeral procedures. The majority of those planning a funeral for their loved one will be emotionally fragile, grieving and not in the best position to make arrangements, so the funeral directors – and all other employees – that assist in proceedings need to be sensitive, open and comforting to their clients. Understandably, a career in the funeral business will not suit everyone. Being able to deal with death in a matter-of-fact, yet understanding, way is essential: you must be a support for your customer, and not let yourself get emotionally involved. 088

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Jobs and Careers - Hilary Devey 2012