|I have noticed a tendancy for the profession of funeral directors to run in the family, more so than other professions. Do you have any insite as to the cause of this? I am also interested in entering the profession, but have never even heard of a woman funeral director. Is this just due to coming from a small town, or is particularly hard for a woman to break into the field?|
|I am not sure of the reason so many funeral operations are multi-generational, but it is true historically, although much less so now. Some recent statistics confirm that, through the 1970's as high as 60% of mortuary college classes were children of funeral directors. Now, that percentage has slipped to less than 20%. The important news for you is that NOW as high as 60% of mortuary college classes are women. This profession is very well suited to women, they are extremely effective as funeral directors and I have found there are virtually no limitations to their ability to function as funeral directors and embalmers.
There are Neanderthals in funeral service, usually about 97 years old, who will tell you there is no place for a "skirt" in funeral service. Don't pay any attention to them, they're idiots. If you encounter one on a job interview, just keep going and try somewhere else. Those types are fading fast in every part of the United States.
Gee, do you think you hit one of my hot buttons here?
Small towns and large cities are welcoming females to funeral service. I am privileged to work with several talented, capable woman funeral directors. If you are really interested, stick with it, contact me with your location (or have your parents do it) and we'll get you further information on state requirments, colleges, possibly some female mentor types in your part of the country.
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