Why I love undertakers

July 22, 2015   //   No Comments

The Spectator recently ran an article online praising funeral directors.

The author Cressida Connolly begins the piece with, “I adore undertakers. Unlike dentists or buses or boyfriends, they’re always there when you need them: even if you call in the middle of the night you will be answered by a human, not an answer-phone message.”

In addition to being available 24 hours a day, Cressida lists the other virtues of funeral directors, such as that they are polite, full of good sense and will listen to your woes.  She likens them to “midwives, essential couriers on the journey from one world into the next.”  By removing the dead, funeral directors allow the bereaved family to mourn.  By guiding the bereaved through planning the funeral, the undertaker makes the process easier and can be relied on for all the practicalities of the funeral itself.

At a time when successive reports outline rising funeral costs, the author remembers that funeral directors are not in it for the money and will often provide their services for free in the cases of children’s funerals.  It sounds like Cressida is describing a SAIF independent funeral director.  Read the full article here.