Work­ing in fu­neral in­dus­try is tough

Daily News - - METRO -

SO­CIAL me­dia has been abuzz with the cost of ex­trav­a­gant fu­ner­als.

It is amaz­ing how many self­ap­pointed ex­perts are en­gag­ing with un­der­tak­ers on how to con­duct fu­ner­als.

The fu­neral in­dus­try, for far too long, has taken abuse, but no­body un­der­stands the dy­nam­ics of ar­rang­ing a fu­neral and the hard work put into it.

I must con­fess to a some­what cyn­i­cal view of the many re­lated com­ments on so­cial me­dia. It is ul­ti­mately the be­reaved fam­ily’s choice which sets the af­ford­abil­ity of a fu­neral. They have the choice to spend their hard- earned money.

Re­li­gious lead­ers have an im­por­tant role to play and as­sume re­spon­si­bil­ity for ad­vis­ing their faith­ful on cor­rect fu­neral be­hav­iour, but this is clearly not hap­pen­ing and never hap­pened in the past.

To all the nar­row- minded in­di­vid­u­als who don’t know any­thing about the fu­neral busi­ness but are dic­tat­ing and com­ment­ing, please join my col­leagues over a week­end while they are on call, go­ing out and re­mov­ing bod­ies at all hours of the night, making great sac­ri­fices in leav­ing their own loved ones at home, bend­ing over back­wards to sat­isfy and ease the pain of be­reaved fam­i­lies.

Re­mem­ber they are front- line work­ers too, so stop point­ing fin­gers.

DHAYALAN MOOD­LEY | Mobeni Heights

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