A Hidden COVID-19 Crisis? Helping Funeral Directors to Cope During the Pandemic

Posted May 20, 2020

5 min read

Funeral professionals are being challenged spiritually, physically, mentally and emotionally right now. The reality is that mental health can’t be neglected, and it shouldn’t be an afterthought, either.

We’re sharing ways your peers are coping and dealing with stress during the COVID-19 crisis, in case this list can inspire you, too:

1. Listen to podcasts

Podcasts (or audiobooks) can be educational, informative, inspirational or even humorous, depending on what you’re seeking. The great thing about listening to podcasts is you are often able to multi-task as you listen, too. All in all, podcasts are a great way for you to learn, laugh, or to find free entertainment.

2. Share best practices

The upcoming in-person events or seminars you might have been looking forward to are likely canceled, but this might free up time for you to offer up your lessons learned and best practices to colleagues. After all, sharing your valuable ideas and tips may help you feel a renewed sense of vigor and excitement about work.

This can be done within your funeral home, or you can even extend the best practices and advice to your vendors, too. Think of it as a time to start exchanging “hacks” and valuable tips to help one another.

3. Take more time with families

You might be able to take advantage of more time with your families right now, something that can be extremely rewarding for you. Without services being held, you can use this time to converse with families more than you may typically be able to, in other words. That can help with perspective—and it can remind you of how you’re doing what you love.

4. Find new ways to interact in your community

Over the past few weeks, more and more communities are coming together to offer all new ways of interacting with one another, even if that’s physically apart. Don’t just watch what’s happening; consider getting involved as much as you can with these new ways of engaging with your community.

One simple place to start: look at online events and meet-ups, which might be listed in your local newspaper, online, or even on places like www.meetup.com. Or, maybe your team considers another local business or local initiative you can get involved with right now.

Whatever you decide to get involved with, take the time to be “seen and heard”—even if it’s from a distance. Not only could it be beneficial for your business, but it can help you with a shift in perspective and mindset, too.

5. If you work alongside your family, take time together as a family, outside the funeral home

It may seem counter-intuitive, but if you’re a family that works together, make sure you spend time together outside of work in a casual, enjoyable setting.

That can easily be overlooked at a time like now because you’re already spending so much time together. The reality is that spending time as a family—completely outside of work—can relieve stress and tension, and it also builds and maintains the family’s emotional cohesiveness.

6. Start a simple gratitude practice to start or end your day

Practicing gratitude can help you cope with stress and can help you continue to build your resiliency muscles.

Gratitude also allows us to acknowledge our talents and to re-connect with our purpose in life. Gratitude is often what drives or even inspires you, so don’t lose sight of that now, despite the pressures you may be under each day.

If you aren’t sure of where to start, you can either start sharing what you’re grateful for as a team, or you can start a gratitude journal on your own. If you’re skeptical of the value of conscious gratitude, consider this: even research supports how gratitude help us manage stress and lower anxiety. Give it a try and see how you feel after 10 days.

7. Remind yourself of the bigger picture

Do your best not to focus on the difficulty right now. Focus on the long-term and that will help you cope on a day-to-day basis. So what does that look like in practice?

Consider taking inventory of the kind of behaviors you want to avoid, and the kind of behaviors you want to support in your workplace and throughout your life. Doing so is a great way to think more long-term, but it still sets you up to make change each day.

Consider the following activities, for example:

  • More meal preparation for better nutrition
  • Mentoring or coaching
  • Exercising more often
  • Dedicating more time for giving back
  • Taking more time off and/or vacation time
  • Finding new skills to learn
  • Offering new types of services

Whether you write it down or not, take time to reflect on what you want to do more of in your life and in your work in particular.

CRäKN’s COVID 19 Offer for Your Funeral Home

We know you are dealing with very real stress and pressures right now. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, CRäKN has eliminated case management fees because we don’t want price to become an obstacle in keeping you safe as you serve your families.

CRäKN is offering this emergency response for a one-time, deeply discounted onboarding fee of just $295. Get started with the easiest, most efficient case management tool in the profession: Contact us today to learn more.

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