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‘Confessions Of A Funeral Director’ is a Blog You Totally Must Read

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In Caleb Wilde, the social media generation has a bereavement professional it can actually relate to

Sure, thinking about death can be a morbid exercise. But it doesn’t have to be. In fact it can be liberating and more importantly, it’s also responsible. As the social-media-savvy funeral director and blogger Caleb Wilde points out in his most recent post, When you should fire your funeral home, sorting out one’s personal affairs well in advance of death shields family members from being swindled.

According to Wilde’s insider view: “Grief is, in many ways, similar to alcohol inebriation when it comes to decision making. You can’t and shouldn’t make big decisions when you’re grieving. If you EVER feel pressure from a funeral home or funeral director to buy something more expensive — or something you don’t want — FIRE THEM!”

That’s one of the many lessons Wilde shares in a thoughtful, expansive and at times irreverent blog that dives deep into the death industry, while allowing readers to learn a little more about living as well. As he states so eloquently: “After all, [funeral directors] work for Death itself and are afforded a perspective on life that few are able or willing to see.”

Check out Wilde’s “Confessions of Funeral Director” here.

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