Punching the Clock: Dearly departed

I wanted something obscure, something not many people had ever tried or even thought of trying and after spending a day in the shoes of a funeral home director, I think I hit the mark.

My first five minutes ...

Local manager and R.J. Fahy Funeral Home Director, Michael C. Wright, graciously allowed me to tag along through one of his afternoons a few weeks ago. Within five minutes of our introduction, I jumped into the company van along side a body kept in a long cardboard box and headed off to the crematorium.

The delicate art of a funeral director

As one might imagine, the job takes some getting used to. Death is a very emotional and personal topic for everyone. A great deal of Mike’s efforts went into easing the burdens of the recently bereaved.

Mike and most funeral directors are the hub at which nearly all other untimely considerations intersect. The family makes their request and then it’s the director’s job to contact clergy, cemetery personnel, consult with close relatives and handle the logistics.

Mike always answers his phone. “I don’t like answering services,” he said. Whenever you call Fahy Funeral Home, the phone rings straight to him no matter the day or time. “It takes a lot of effort but it’s just something I refuse to not do,” said Mike.

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