Struggles from within the funeral industry (i.e. management, scheduling, hours, specific cases, families, etc.)

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#1 Tue, 12/18/2018 - 7:22pm
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Struggles from within the funeral industry (i.e. management, scheduling, hours, specific cases, families, etc.)

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Wed, 12/19/2018 - 8:28am
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I am a woman trying to make it in the industry and it’s a constant struggle. Someone is always doubting my strength or capabilities. I’ve had very little support from the funeral home as far as finances and school go so I’m also trying to pay my own way, work 30+ hours a week, go to school full time, and raise a child and take care of my house hold. Sometimes I feel spread thinner than mayo on white bread. Lately I’ve considered finding a different job related to the death care industry. And I’m not sure if it’s the right decision. Funeral Business was God sent to me. It’s where I was meant to be. Would love to hear someone else’s encouragement or your own struggles. Thank you for your time.

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Thu, 12/20/2018 - 2:21pm (Reply to #2)
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From my own experience: When

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From my own experience: When I first started working at my family's business, I worked 30 plus hours (no time off) was in school full-time and newly married. I didn't have a child at the time, but I can understand some of your struggle. I was getting paid $85 a week (!!!) from my own family and pulled that schedule for over two years. It sucked. I was told by a number of friends that I should quit because it was affecting me AND my marriage, but my wife and I were trying for a child and I just didn't see many other options that didn't have a heavier educational price tag and higher debt. So I did it. I wasn't depressed before I started, but I've been on anti-depressants since. And to be honest, I still don't know if I made the right decision. And I think that's my takeaway: it's rare that this profession feels "right". It does get better the longer you're in it, but the very same feelings that you're feeling right now will be with you through most of your journey in funeral service. They will never entirely go away because this business almost always asks for more and more from us. However, I stuck with it and now -- nearing my 40s -- I'm starting to find my groove. That's been my experience ... sorry, it's not more encouraging :)

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