Would Being An Athiest Funeral Director Pose Any Problems?
am an Atheist and would like to go into the funeral proffession as a Funeral
Director/Embalmer. Should this be a problem as long as I am accepting, and
respectful of all the people who come through my door? Do you think that
going to church and essentially being a hypocrite would be a good idea to
get ahead in this business?
I don't think there is a really clear-cut answer but I can certainly give you my opinion.
Your success as an Atheist funeral director depends largely on where
you are located. If you worked for a large firm in a big city, I doubt
that your personal beliefs would ever be called into question. However,
in a small town setting, the fact that you are Atheist
About 99 percent of the families I serve have some sort of religious
belief. I think I would have a hard time relating to them (and vice versa)
if I were not a believer myself. You could probably fool people for a
few years, but I think that after a time you might
I don't think going to church and being a "hypocrite" is the
answer either. If you're in this business for the long haul, you've got
to be in a work environment that is comfortable for you. Putting on a
front or pretending to be something that you are not is going to get
You might want to focus primarily on just the embalming aspect of the business. Your interaction with the public would be minimal, thereby lessening your exposure to religious ceremony and ritual.
If you like to serve people and are a caring person, I have no doubt that you can succeed in the funeral profession. Good luck to you as you pursue your career. -- Kevin Stockham