Life is a constant balancing act. Whether you are married, have children, hobbies, volunteer, etc., life happens and it can be challenging to prioritize and balance everything with work to maintain a happy, healthy lifestyle. In the funeral industry, we dedicate our lives to serving others in their time of need but balance is key to keep a healthy mix of serving others and finding time for yourself and the important people in your life.
At Newcomer, work and life balance looks very different than other funeral homes for many reasons. First, our funeral director on-call responsibilities are shared across a team of directors. This allows our associates to plan vacations in advance, enjoy quality family time and evenings at home. Newcomer associates also have the support of our home office for accounting, learning and development, human resources, facilities and marketing efforts, so our directors do not have to handle these responsibilities on top of meeting with families
Here we have some advice on helpful ways to maintain a healthy work life balance in the funeral industry.
Effectively manage your time- Make your planner your best friend and designate time to each specific task. This will ensure you don’t spend too much time on one particular task and will help you to stay focused on what you are trying to complete during that time. Set priorities for the day. Even schedule time for yourself or time dedicated to spending with your family, often times this is necessary to make sure it’s a priority.
Delegate tasks accordingly- Delegating tasks can be hard for some people to do as we often feel that it will be best for us to do rather than spend the time explaining to someone else how to do it. As directors, sometimes we want to personally handle all the details for our family’s services, rather than relying on others for some of the tasks. However, delegating certain tasks to others can help to free up some of your time, and often times people want to help out, they just aren’t sure how or are waiting for permission. Trust yourself and your team to get the job done.
Take time for yourself- Investing time and energy into everyone else can be draining and will eventually burn you out. Taking time for yourself is essential, go for a walk, take a bath, enjoy a glass of wine, whatever it is that you enjoy doing, take the time to do that more often. Remember, you can’t pour from an empty cup.
Utilize your support system- Whether your support system is your husband/wife, family or friends, leaning on someone else helps to ease the stress in your life. See if a friend can watch the kids for you for the evening. Asking for help once in a while is healthy because we have to understand we can’t do everything ourselves and that is perfectly okay.
Acknowledge the difference you’re making- In the funeral business, we have the privilege of serving families and helping them in a time of need. When someone is in the position to plan a funeral, this is typically one of the darkest moments of their life, and any chance we have to make their experience positive is impactful. Sometimes it is easy to lose sight of this in our day-to-day routine, but never forget the impact you make.
Working in this industry, we know all too well that life is too short to rush through, constantly stressed and frazzled. We hope this information gives you some ideas on how to bring balance to your life. If you are interested in learning more about our opportunities, please visit .