Service After The Service Essay

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The Service after the Service Stacey V. Luster Mesa Community College Service after the Service In order to help families overcome their emotional and psychological challenges, Funeral Directors (Morticians) attempt to solve various problems associated with the grieving process by providing appropriate guidance and counseling. Morticians are professionals who provide a complex collection of services. Morticians are trained professionals who must learn how to prepare a corpse for burial, prepare services for the bereaved, and counsel the survivors. As a counselor/consultant, a mortician is “a person, usually a licensed embalmer, who manages a funeral home” (“Funeral Directors” Webster’s 1999). Morticians’ jobs are much more inclusive and exhausting when providing the survivors with comfort. They believe survivors should feel their loved ones are being cared for and receiving the help they need if they are willing to accept it. A funeral director can provide a variety of aftercare support for bereaved families and friends to help them manage their losses. “Funeral home aftercare may be defined as an organized way to maintain a helpful and caring relationship with clients, offer continuing service to client families beyond the expected body disposition, and accompanying rituals, and provide death, loss, and grief education to both clients and the community” (Guarnaccia et al, 2007). Aftercare is a service of necessities that should include (1) Basic support like follow-up telephone contacts, appropriate mailings, home visits, dissemination of bereavement information; (2) Grief counseling with families when there is a natural death or death that is complicated; and (3) Referrals to community agencies, bereavement support groups, and help during holidays and special dates. “Many Funeral homes discovered that there were no support groups, no books, no
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