New York State Funeral Directors Association

Family holiday dinner

Editors Note: This article appeared in the Iowa Funeral Directors Association's 2017 November newsletter

Dear Lord,

We thank you for this day in which we may give thanks…and, please, just this once, let me finish our Thanksgiving meal before the phone rings because these chances to enjoy food and fellowship together come around so rarely.

Home During Holiday Season

Editor's Note: This article, by Suzanne Gebel, executive director of the Iowa Funeral Directors Association, was first published in the Iowa association's newsletter for November.

It happens to all of us and you, as funeral directors, see it every year – a family’s holiday traditions are impacted by the loss of a loved one.

This year, it’s my turn.

It was not the way things were supposed to be.

As a teenager, you’d mapped out your life with a timetable.

You’d travel there, visit this, see things you wanted to see and experience that which you desired before resuming your schedule. It would be a meaningful life, filled with adventure.

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