Ahh, spring is upon us.
Technically, March 20th was the official beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.
Spring is the perfect time of year to tune into the blooming happening all around us.
And the blooming is happening at your funeral home, too. After all the hectic-ness of the holiday season, it’s time to step into a feeling of freshness. Renewal.
If you’re looking for some inspiration to embrace the beautiful season of spring at your funeral home, take a look at these 4 lessons, inspired by quotes from some of the most enlightened people who have walked this Earth:
Lesson #1: Show gratitude for the winter months
“It is always darkest before the dawn.”
Let’s face it, unless you’re a professional skier, winter can be brutal on the mind, body and soul. Especially as a funeral professional. Winter is often the busiest time for us. And it can feel like nothing short of chaos, always. While we can be so excited to feel the freshness of spring coming, it’s important to show our gratitude for the colder winter months. The chaos and busyness.
Why? Because it’s only when we are grateful for the things that may have challenged us, that we can truly let them go and move on. Remember, just like nature, the dark is what brings the dawn. We cannot always be sunshine and rainbows, nor can we be dead trees in our front yard. We, just like nature, exist in cycles. And it’s important to honor that. Each and every part of it.
Questions to ask yourself: What challenges did I face this winter? How can I show gratitude for them in this moment?
Lesson #2: Shed your skins
“There is no object so foul that intense light will not make beautiful.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
With the longer springtime days comes more sunlight in our lives. Light is a beautiful cleanser of the soul. When we shine the light on the things we learned in the winter, we can truly get the lesson out of them. It’s an extraction of sorts. Once we extract the lesson, it’s important to look at how we can integrate what we learned into how we move forward. It’s only then that we can truly begin to move forward in our business, refreshed and renewed.
Questions to ask yourself: What were some tough lessons we had to learn this winter? How can we integrate these lessons into what we do this spring, and become bigger, better versions of ourselves?
Lesson #3: Refresh your vision
“Whatever you sow, you shall reap.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita
Hopefully you set a vision for 2019 at your funeral home (and if you didn’t, don’t worry, you can use this article to get you started!). If you did set a vision, this is a good time to check in and see how the seed of your intentions are doing. Do your seeds need more water? Nutrients? Have you neglected them? The “spring” of spring is wanting to carry your vision forward. So how can you support that process at your funeral home?
Questions to ask yourself: What is my intention for the rest of the year at my funeral home? How does the vision I set align with that? What adjustments do I need to make?
Lesson #4: Stay centered
“Listen–are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life?”
― Mary Oliver
While spring is encouraging movement in us as the weather gets warmer, it’s important to stop and smell the roses that are blooming every once in a while. Before we move into the fire of summer, how can we pause every once in a while, to stay centered through this all? As a funeral professional, staying centered is a superpower that is required of you.
Our recommendation for staying centered is meditation, yoga or slow paced movement. When you create this space of quietness for yourself, you have the opportunity to listen to your needs. And those are the most important to fill first and foremost. You cannot fill someone else’s cup if your own is empty, just like the river cannot spill into the ocean if it doesn’t rain.
Questions to ask yourself: What activities, practices and other self care rituals can help me fill my cup today, and everyday?
Finally, here’s how to help your families embrace spring:
Offer them a fresh start to their journey of grief with our grief tools such as 365 days of Daily Affirmations. Our e-aftercare tools are a part of our industry-leading all-in-one website platform, f1Connect. Reach out to one of our Funeral Success Specialists to learn more about f1Connect by clicking here.
How do you embrace spring at your funeral home? Tell us in the comments below!