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Yes, if you consider the
proper definition of professional to mean qualified and working within
that field. But not, if you accept that being paid for performing a
function can also allow the term, professional and that there is no real
substitute for experience.
After all, If the funeral staff
that you encounter offer a pleasant and caring countenance and are well
presented and complete their task with competence, what more could you
It could bring up an
interesting point over some funeral home advertising though; the term
"professional" does seem a little over abused in some cases.
Most of the people in the
funeral service seem to genuinely care about the clients that they deal
with. Some of them have joined the funeral service out of a desire to help in some way. A lot
of them will have suffered bereavement themselves and it is often this
that brings them in.
There is no one type of
person working the funeral trade: former policemen, firemen, clerks, ministers,
painters, factory workers, nurses - you think of it and they’ll be
employed somewhere in the funeral service.
There are some that seem
drawn to this work. There are, of course, the pure business people who will work any
scam to gain a promotion or increase profit and achieve the "looking
good" factor, but this is true of all working environments.
There are sadly, the
ghouls who get a sick kick out of their line of work and there are those who
remain in it simply because their family has always done so.
But mostly, there are the
genuine, caring people who want to provide a helpful service to their
community and who take a great pride in a job well done - sadly, they
rarely seem to get promoted in the large companies!
It should always be
remembered, that while the gaining of a certificated qualification will
show the ability to study and retain certain facts for a sufficient period
of time to qualify, there is never any real substitute for good, solid
experience; you can put the letters after the name but that's never any
proof of ability to do the job properly.
So does it matter if they
have no formal qualifications?
if, when the funeral is completed you are able to say that you were fully
satisfied with their services and that they did a good job.
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