When I first entered funeral service, I did not realize the impact funeral homes have within the community. In college, my professors would talk about the politics of owning a funeral home. Now that I own one, I see the opportunities to help make the community at large, a better place.
Yesterday, as I sat in the great room of my funeral home, two women entered. They introduced themselves and stated they were walking my city looking for people who needed help. They were also seeking support from those who had resources to share. They themselves had once been in desperate circumstances and had been rescued by others seeking them out.
I listened to their stories and became interested in the organization that rescued them. It turns out that a pastor and his wife started a rescue program and have helped many people recover from various types of abuse and addiction. I donated to their cause and they left.
It is a wonderful thing to see someone help someone else, to see the effects of positive change, and to witness one who has lost his/her way find redemption. I believe there are times in everyone’s life when caring assistance or rescuing is needed. Additionally, it is my opinion that outreach is the key to saving humanity.
This morning as I perused this organization’s website, I thought, how fulfilling it would be to open an outreach facility and help lost souls find refuge. As I began formulating a plan for such an undertaking, I remembered, I am already in the undertaking business. Not only have I undertaken the responsibility of preparing and burying the dead, I facilitate survivors recover through grief counseling.
We all have callings and purposes in life where our talents if shared can help others. The question is, “Are we willing to undertake the responsibility of assisting others through sharing our talents, our bounty, and our gifts?
I am unable to go out and rescue souls off of the street or out of abusive relationships. My work is to assist survivors escape the clutches of hell as they work through and obtain grief recovery. How then do I assist others who so desperately need rescuing from abuse and addiction? The answer is simple. I assist by sharing my talents, my bounty, and my gifts with someone who is already in that work. Doing so aids the rescues of those who are beyond my reach.
“And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” (Matthew 25:40)
I pray that on the day you and I meet our maker we are able to say, “We gave to save.”
My name is Tracy Renee Lee. I am a Certified Grief Counselor (GC-C), Managing Funeral Director (FDIC) and owner of Queen City Funeral Home in Queen City, Texas, professional artist, co-founder of the “Mikey Joe Children’s Memorial” and Heaven Sent, Corp, author, and syndicated columnist. I write books, weekly bereavement articles, and Grief BRIEFs related to understanding and coping with grief. I am the American Funeral Director of the Year Runner-Up and recipient of the BBB’s Integrity Award. I deliver powerful messages and motivate survivors toward positive recovery.
It is my life’s work to comfort the bereaved and help them live on.
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