In the Wake of the Newtown Shooting, the Funeral Service Community Helps Out
The last of the funerals for the victims of the Newtown, Connecticut shootings were held just days ago. Now, the families of the victims, the Newtown community, and the nation must face the unprecedented grief and loss of this tragedy. Even funeral directors, morticians and coroners, who are familiar with and generally accustomed to death, face the difficulty of coping with the sudden and horrific loss of so many young lives. And like the rest of us, those who work in the funeral industry and are part of the funeral service community are thinking of and praying for the victims and their families. In fact, the National Funeral Director’s Association recently issued a bulletin indicating the ways funeral directors can assist, and the NFDA has also contributed $5,000 to the victims’ assistance fund. And, funeral suppliers have also sought ways to help: Matthews International provided child-sized caskets, Wilbert Burial Vault provided burial vaults, and Front Runner and NFDA provided grief-related materials.
On behalf of eFuneral, I want to say thank you to the funeral service community – we really appreciate your care and compassion, especially as you have demonstrated in the wake of this horrific tragedy. Thank you!
Leah Yomtovian Roush is the Senior Manager of Strategic Development for Cleveland, Ohio-based eFuneral, a comprehensive and free online resource that enables those thinking about end-of-life to research, plan, and arrange a wide variety of funeral-related services. Leah is the editor of eFuneral's Online Resource Center, and she manages the company's marketing efforts and develops strategies for company growth. Leah also serves on the Boards of multiple non-profit organizations, helping them expand their reaches and increase their impacts.