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  ironichalibut  |  24

Isn't "black parade", itself supposed to be a euphemism for a funeral procession anyway? So it's entirely appropriate?
Oh, that was the point and I missed it?
I'll just catch the next one.

  ksks1234  |  33

#38-- I was not born into it, I don't have any relatives or family friends in the business, but I chose it. The hours are long and the pay sucks, but I love my job. It is not a job for everyone, but why not go into it?

  Awahso  |  25

Eh I am sure it numbs you a bit. I mean thats why you see firefighters and cops making jokes about what they see and do; sometimes its the best way to deal with it. Now I don't know what he is expecting with clients; you have to be serious and respectful, yet you don't want to down them further. Its a balance.


Well I doubt his boss was asking him to tell jokes and fool around, probably just to be extra cheerful and friendly because grieving people need that positive energy for the healing process.

  patrickalamo  |  47

Very often a newbie at a funeral home is just sickening sweet and over sympathetic with Oooo's and aawww's when a family says anything. The boss wanted a normal acting person who would handle the business of the day, which is the job of the funeral director. Speaking from 20+ years of experience.

  Axel5238  |  29

I completely agree on the salesman nature of the business. Watch the Penn & Teller episode call Death INC from the show Bullshit. As far as the OP the boss is just trying to toughen you up some. I worked in a hospital as an electrician and it can get depressing dealing with patients that are seriously ill and the highs/ low's of emotion the family go through. YOu kinda have to express condolences, but can't let it get to you too much.