By : Sheri Harrison
Most funeral homes in the United States have been around for decades, providing services for generation after generation. As a result of this, many burial providers have old and outdated funeral supplies for their clients. These devices may get the job done, but they are not nearly as efficient as their modern day counterparts. If this describes your situation, you might be surprised by how your long-standing supplies impact your clients. Let’s take a look at how efficient mortuary supplies can help your grieving customers so you can be better motivated to upgrade.
At a funeral, the loved ones gathering around a casket want to feel as if the deceased is descending into a peaceful resting place. That is difficult to do with a casket lowering table that abruptly stops every few inches. Hydraulic lifts and modern brakes create a seamless motion from above ground to below that helps families feel secure about the care their loved ones are receiving. To put matters into perspective, think of how you’d feel if your car was lifted at the mechanic shop using old equipment. The second you saw it buckle during the lift, you’d ask for the keys back. Your clients feel the same way, but they cannot get out of the deal quite as easily.
A study from the Weight Control Information Network, a subgroup of the National Institute of Diabetes and digestive and Kidney Diseases, shows that “since the early 1960s, the prevalence of obesity among adults more than doubled, increasing from 13.4 to 35.7 percent in U.S. adults age 20 and older.” This inevitably means that your funeral supplies need to have a higher weight capacity than they may have needed 50 years ago. Modern embalming tables and mortuary stretchers are designed to handle these new-found loads, with most having a weight capacity of over 500 pounds. There is the rare client that may exceed that, but those are extreme rarities. Your customers will feel better if their loved ones are on strong, new stretchers that are guaranteed to handle the weight.
The grieving process takes time, but that does not mean a funeral must proceed at a snail’s pace. Every step of the burial service, from removing the body to lowering it, should happen in a swift and steady manner. This somewhat ties in with fluidity. Everything should feel like a smooth transition into the afterlife. If you have new funeral supplies, you will be able to take care of your clients with the speed your customers are anticipating.
At the end of the day, you are painting a picture of a person’s life after death. You want the last memories other people have of this person to be the best they possibly can. That is hard to accomplish with rusty equipment and old linens. By investing in efficient and modern funeral supplies, you will provide immense relief for the families you care for. The tools you use for your work should be just as special as the people they are carrying.
If you want your burial business to succeed for generations to come, you may need to consider upgrading your funeral supplies. Your clients are sure to appreciate it.