Yesterday, April 16, 2007, a gunman killed 32 people at Virginia Tech before turning the gun on himself.

As funeral professionals, it is so easy to immediate spring to action, considering the necessary steps to serve such families during such a catastrophe.

Remember to take a moment this week, to consider first your basic human reaction.  Too often, funeral professionals forget to allow themselves to grieve along with the community.  We resolve to stay focused on the families we serve, rather than kneeling beside them and crying out our grief with theirs.

You’re human, too.  Don’t forget it.

Further admonishments can be found in our Podcast:  Funeral Directors… Don’t Forget to Grieve.