Funeral Associate Certification Article on Funerals and Jewish Rites

Jewish end of life traditions and funeral preparation are intriguing spiritual studies.  If in a spiritual counselor or a funeral associate it is important to have a vast knowledge of different religious traditions.

It is important to understand various traditions within the Jewish faith regarding death as a funeral associate. Please review our Funeral Associate Certification

The article, “Jewish Funeral Service Rituals” by Kirk Fox states,

“Will you be attending a Jewish funeral for the first time? If so, you may have questions or be unsure what to expect. Here is a general overview of Jewish customs and traditions surrounding death, burial, and mourning to be aware of when attending a funeral in the Jewish faith. ”

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Funeral Associate Certification Article on the Cost of End of Life

End of life is not just about the loss of a loved one or the soon to come loss, but it is also a time for burial preparation.  End of life costs alone and care can be immense, but funerals and services can also cost alot.  Many individuals prepare for this event to lessen the burden on loved ones, others are completely unprepared.

The costs of funerals and end of life care can be in the thousands.  Please also review our Funeral Associate Certification
The costs of funerals and end of life care can be in the thousands. Please also review our Funeral Associate Certification

The article, The Business of Dying: End of life choices and their costs”, by

“Death – it’s not an easy topic to discuss. The details of dying, such as burial versus cremation or selecting your final resting place, make many people uncomfortable. But, like it or not, it’s coming for all of us someday. And with death comes many choices. ”

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Funeral Associate Certification Article on Funeral and Grief

A funeral is a rite of passage.  It is something that is religious and sacred but also something that is very sad.  It is a rite of passage for the deceased but a time of great pain, agony and suffering for the surviving family.

Please review our Funeral Associate Certification and learn the roles they play
Please review our Funeral Associate Certification and learn the roles they play

While it is important to make this sad day perfect, in regards to religious rites as well as visiting hours, the service and wake, it is equally important to make sure the individuals and family grieving the deceased also are dealing and coping in a productive way.

The funeral itself is beyond just a rite of passage for the deceased, but also a social venue for the grieving family to find solace but also finality.  For many it is the beginning of a long process of adjustment, accepting the reality of death and moving forward.

In this social event, family and friends are able to grieve openly and also check on others who share in their grief.  It permits those who may be suffering internally to be given a chance to express sorrow and also be looked after by other surviving family.  It is a gauge for the entire and collective health for the family a whole.

Some within the circle of family and friends may heal and cope quicker.  At the wake, they may share old stories of the deceased and begin commemoration the loss in a healthy way.  Others may need more time to grieve and be held and listened to.

In this array of emotions, individuals start the healing process at the funeral.  This is why, it can truly be said, the funeral is more for the family than the deceased.  True it is a remembrance of a life, a time to be grateful for that life and wish that life a successful transition into the afterlife, but for many, the funeral is about accepting that farewell.

Accept for the necessary prayers and religious rites, the deceased is at peace.  It falls upon the function of the funeral and its rituals to help others accept that peace as well.  In this way Funeral Directors, Funeral Associates, Pastors, Ministers, and Grief Counselors can all play roles of the day and after in helping the bereaved move forward.

It is true that after the funeral and the many cards in the mail, the true grey period of bereavement arrives, in which one learns the long lesson of adapting to life without the deceased and writing for oneself a new chapter.  This is a long process, but the funeral sets the foundation for this long process to begin.

It is important to remember the grieving throughout the year and even years after as they overcome the loss in their life.  Too many times, one dismisses another’s grief a few weeks after the funeral, thinking one should simply “get over it”, but the if one truly understands the nature of grief, then one will realize that the funeral is only the first step in a long process.  A process that will involve future holidays without the deceased, as well as multiple anniversaries that only re-stir the emotions of loss within a person.

If you are interested in learning more about Grief Counseling or becoming a Funeral Associate, then please review our Grief Counseling and Funeral Associate Certifications and see if they match your academic and professional needs.

In the meantime, we need to see the critical importance the funeral plays as a social construct to help the grieving accept death but also as a way to help the healing process, but grief care cannot end there but is an ongoing process that goes well beyond a few weeks but sometimes beyond a year itself.  We need to remember that the sting of loss never dies with grief counseling, it just becomes more bearable.

10 of the world’s most scenic cemeteries


American Institute Health Care Professionals‘s insight:

Its Halloween and we usually expect to see the classic spooky grave yards, but CNN today listed some of the world’s most beautiful and scenic cemeteries in the world.

It is nice sometimes to think of a death and rest as a sacred and beautiful thing.  When people come to see their loved ones, they can rest and meditate upon their loved ones and offer prayer.

If you are interested in a funeral associate certification, then please reveiw the program.  After taking the core required courses, you can become eligible to become certified.  The certification in Funeral Associate lasts for three years and can be renewed thereafter.  You will need over five hundred hours of practice and fifty hours of continuing education.

As a certified funeral associate, you will be able to help the funeral director with the daily needs of the funeral home.  While you may assist him in more detailed procedures, you will most definitely be able to run daily routine with customers and address their needs.  We also recommend becoming certified in grief counseling to compliment this position.

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Funeral Associate Certifications: Offbeat Funeral Services

The article ,”Offbeat funeral services specialize in celebrating the deceased”, by Rossilynne Skena Culgan states

“As the closing theme song from “The Lawrence Welk Show” played in the background, family and friends circled the casket at a funeral in Indiana”

American Institute Health Care Professionals‘s insight:

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Celebrate the life instead of grieving it?  Sounds like a good philosophy but one still must be careful.  Grief is still important because loss is only a loss if love was there.  Grief exists side by side with love.  We cannot be completely joyful if we loved because we will miss them.  Yet in some cases, we still can celebrate their life. If you are interested in funeral associate certifications, then please review the program.

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Funeral Assistants: The Role of Grief Work in the Funeral

Funeral Assistants: Do People Need to Partake More in the Funeral?

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How much of a role do funeral assistants for the bereaved to play in the role of a funeral?
The role of a funeral director and sometimes a funeral assistant is to plan the funeral.  Yet, is this good for the person and their recovery over a loss?  We tend to think that allowing a person sometime to himself is the best answer to recover but studies show a person who takes an active role in the funeral accepts the reality quicker and adjusts in a more healthy fashion.
This is because they are putting their grief to work.  They are acknowledging the death and utilizing their sorrow in a positive fashion.  The work of ordering flowers, display and food arrangements help allow the person to have some control in this sad movement and also allow the wife, husband, daughter or son to give back to their beloved and lost
While we cannot force the issue, we can encourage a small part to be played for those grieving the loss of their loved one.  In this way, the funeral assistant is not only performing a service for the deceased but also playing a critical role in grief recovery.
If you are interested in learning more about funeral assistant certifications, then please review the program.

New Ideas in Funeral Service Push Towards New Ways of Viewing

new ideas in funeral service
new ideas in funeral service

The article, “Funeral home offers drive-thru viewing parlor for those mourners who don’t want to come to a dead stop”, by Louise Boyle states

“Oliver & Eggleston Funeral Establishment in Farmville, Virginia has been offering the unusual option for two months… but so far no takers, the director said.”

American Institute Health Care Professionals‘s insight:
New ideas in funeral service are emerging everyday as the demands and needs of people change.  Funeral service associates can offer a variety of plans to the bereaved.  They can range from a traditional service to something more unique.   In order to help the bereaved in their time of need, you will need to earn your funeral service associate certification.   It is an important step in ensuring you have the knowledge for well run funeral service.

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funeral service associates: Cremation on the Rise

Funeral Service Associates:  Growth in Cremation

Funeral  Service Associates have begun to see a large growth in the option of cremation over traditional Western burial.  Many reasons have influenced this change.

Tyler Mathisen of talks about these changes in his article, ‘Cremation Is The Hottest Trend In The Funeral Industry”
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