Funeral professionals and education

The funeral profession is a combination of art, science, heart and soul. It is a demanding profession – physically, emotionally, spiritually and socially. It causes us to give pause and reflect on our experiences in caring for our Island community. Sometimes, we can feel isolated from others. We have chosen a profession that demands we respond with caring and empathy at moment’s notice. This often means cancelled plans, delayed holiday gatherings and little time for… Read more »

We’re heading back to school …

As summer ends and parents scramble to gather school supplies, sneakers and backpacks, we thought we’d take a moment to explore how the school curriculum relates to the funeral service profession. Music How many of us spent early mornings at band practice? Playing music has numerous therapeutic benefits. When we take time to listen to music, it can help transport us to memories of the past, provide solace and comfort, and perhaps even brighten our… Read more »

A safe, inclusive space

It’s Pride Week on PEI with a full schedule of activities on slate, and individuals, businesses and organizations preparing for the Pride Parade on Saturday. We are hearing lots of discussion about the importance of creating safe, inclusive spaces, whether at UPEI, Trinity United Church or elsewhere. Funeral homes can also be safe, inclusive spaces for all to express their authentic selves. As professionals we provide compassionate care to all we serve and have for… Read more »

Social media and funeral service

It’s World Social Media Day (#SMDay) – a day to recognize and celebrate social media’s impact on global communication. As funeral service professionals, we use social media as a ways and means of communicating with families, our community, and colleagues from around the world. Our first foray with online communication was the development of our website, www.macleanfh.com almost two decades ago. Since that time, we’ve developed our Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Google+ and Instagram pages,… Read more »

We are not immune

Often times while serving the public, we’ll hear comments such as “You must be used to this” or “You’ve become immune to death”. No, we are not immune to death or the far-reaching impact it has on families and our Island community. Yes, funeral service professionals are trained to care for the deceased, taking measures to ensure dignity and respect during the transfer from the place of the death, to our care. We are trained… Read more »