Category: Workdays

Immediate Family Only

Once again: embalming is not required for viewing. Funeral homes are required to tell you this, in writing and when you meet with them. However, each funeral home or other facility can set their own policies when it comes to viewing of an unembalmed body, and most will restrict viewing to immediate family only. Although…


Gross Stuff

Before embalming my recent non-viewable case, I spent three hours driving him to the funeral home. I talked. We bonded. I said I don’t mind that he smells bad. This one didn’t talk back, and I didn’t want him to. This case was just way too close to home. The smell of decomp stopped bothering…


Do You Want Her Dressed?

Or rather: “What would you like your mother to wear?” It doesn’t matter if we’re “just gonna burn her up.” She needs to wear something. She can wear a sheet, she can wear a hospital gown, but she cannot wear nothing. My purpose isn’t necessarily to see that all my cases are fully dressed; it’s…


Affording a Funeral for an Infant

NOTE:  I get many questions regarding specific services available in specific states. Please first try the Tears Foundation; Google to find closest chapter.  If they are not able to help you please email me, crescenthavenfunerals@gmail.com and I will help you find other options.  For the purposes of this post, “baby” or “infant” shall refer to…


Go Be An Individual Somewhere Else

Those who know me and my background may be surprised at the strict dress code I enforce at work. It’s no different than many other funeral homes, and includes conservative clothing for men and women, regardless of weather. You will be sweating in a jacket and tie during a 100-degree graveside service. You will be…


Can A Crematory Operator Get Away With Murder?

At first, it looks like the perfect crime. Cremation destroys human DNA, and cremated remains are about five to ten pounds of powder, enough to fill a shoebox. Seems like the easiest way in the world to get rid of a body. In order for a (legit) cremation to take place, first the authorized next…


Best Reason Ever to Walk Off the Job

Many people come to work for us after we have helped them with their own personal tragedy. We become a part of their family in a way, so they might take a job helping out on removals, doing hair, or working in the office. One hairdresser who came to work for us this way said…


He Didn’t Want The Job

The funeral service profession needs people. We especially need young people. We are a profession made up largely of overweight alcoholics aged 60+, many of whom are bored and jaded with the job after getting pushed into the family business. They are often unable to lift and just plain don’t feel like working on Christmas…