When I am asked what I do for a living, I get some interesting responses when I tell them I sell cremation urns. Many hesitate before they say something like “oh?” Some seemed frightened about it. I guess death is just something no one wants to be close to in anyway except when watching movies, which some are filled with death.
I will admit, it isn’t easy talking to people on the phone about urns. On the other end of the phone is someone who just lost a loved one, whether it be the husband of 40 years or the child of 5. The hardest for me is when it is for a child. I can’t imagine losing a child. My heart goes out to the parent knowing it must be a very hard thing to go through.
There is a positive side to selling cremation urns though – we are providing a quality product at reasonable prices. I can look a person in the face and go to sleep knowing we do what is right. Most of our urns are made in the USA and the quality reflects that. You can buy urns for less that are made in China or the Philipines, but you do get what you pay for. I have yet to see the quality even come close.
So, next time you ask someone what they do and if they tell you they are in the business of death how will you react? Will you stumble over your words not knowing what to say? Will you quickly change the subject because death scares you? Something to think about….