Healthcare professionals and those with interest in the funeral industry can learn about becoming a funeral associate. The program offered by AIHCP, covers the basics of the funeral industry and grief. A funeral associate can work under a licensed funeral director and learn the trade before making the jump into the director position according to state guidelines.
Please review AIHCP’s Funeral Associate Certification and see if it meets your academic and professional standards. The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals.
Please also review the video below on AIHCP’s Funeral Associate Certification
Funeral Directors face new challenges with grief during COVID. Families who lose loved ones to COVID are unable to properly grieve. Funerals are limited and public condolences are prohibited in many cases. In addition, many families feel disenfranchised due to the stimga of COVID and the issues surrounding it.
The article from “Whats Your Grief”, “5 Ways Funeral Directors Can Help Families When A Death Is Disenfranchised” looks at in-depth regarding this issue. The article states,
“Recently, the world has been focused on deaths from COVID-19. And these deaths certainly have the potential to be experienced as disenfranchised. Notice I say “potential to be experienced as disenfranchised”. It’s important to note that disenfranchised grief is a subjective experience. People want, need, and receive different things from family, friends, and community. And it’s not a guarantee that everyone who experiences a particular type of loss will feel stigmatized or a lack of support and validation.”
COVID has made grieving our dead difficult for not only those who die of it but for funerals in general. Funeral Directors are faced with a new challenge of helping others express grief and find closure without traditional norms. Please also review our Funeral Associate Certification and see if it matches your academic and professional goals.
Funeral Directors play a key role in grief counseling. They are on the front line with grief and helping people face grief and sadness. Many Funeral Directors also offer grief counseling for clients. The funeral is the first step of acknowledging grief.
The funeral is more for the surviving family with its many social functions to lay to rest the deceased. Many of the things done are religious and carry spiritual significance but socially and the traditions tied help the surviving family acknowledge the loss and allow others to offer their sympathies. It is a critical step. Grief counseling as a part of any package or funeral deal can be a huge way for individuals to understand more about their own grief and how to handle it.
The article, “The Growing Threat of Complicated Grief” by Tracy Lee looks at how Funeral Directors play an important role in dealing with the bereaved following a loss. She states,
“Funeral directors are those who have the most experience with death and its aftermath of grief; therefore, without familial support for survivors, funeral directors are the ones to whom the responsibility of grief recovery has fallen. The problem exists in that funeral education has not caught up with the needs of the profession. ”
Also please review our Funeral Associate Certification, as well as our Grief Counseling Program and see if it meets your academic and professional goals. With funeral service evolving and the need to meet grief on the front line, funeral directors and other grief counselors can play a key role in helping the bereaved at the funeral. They can also offer follow up service to help others overcome lingering grief.
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 article, The Business of Dying: End of life choices and their costs”, by ANDREA BUSCHE states,
“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. ”