Funeral service professionals are helpers — empathetic and dedicated.

But that means they’re also tired and battling compassion fatigue and burnout. On Aug. 15, Brian Waters, co-host of Undertaking: The Podcast, will join Funeral Professionals Peer Support and the Cremation Association of North America to share how he improved his own self-care and to facilitate a discussion about wellness in the profession.

Waters grew up in the apartment above Waters Funeral Home in Hartford City, Indiana, which is owned and operated by his parents. He became a licensed funeral director and embalmer in 2005, but he’s been immersed in the culture of funeral service his whole life. He understands that tuning in to others’ emotions and opinions is ingrained in the profession. But he also knows how important, and how hard it is, to draw the line and remain separate.

“I think for years I was treading water — doesn’t matter the depth of the pool, I suppose, knowing me at that time it was probably rather shallow,” he said during one of his Brain Break episodes on Undertaking: The Podcast. “I was so worried about fixing every little problem that came my way and anticipating the problem, so I would know what to do when the time arose. That’s a recipe for anxiety for me.”

Join Waters for a meeting of funeral professionals’ peer support to learn lessons from his journey. He will also share how he has been inspired by the guests on his podcast to point out the good, to discover what he wants to do, and find the opportunity to do it more.

The meetings are a valuable place to raise a pressing issue or to offer support to your colleagues. If you work for a funeral home, cemetery, or crematory serving the public or supporting those who do —join your peers on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2023, at 8 p.m. Eastern Time via this link. Students, apprentices, and interns are welcome.

About Funeral Professional Peer Support

Funeral Professional Peer Support Group is committed to providing support, healing, education and knowledge to funeral professionals. They promote wholeness and wellness by uniting funeral sector professionals through a Canada-wide network of regional organizations offering support, information and resources within their community.

About CANA

Founded in 1913, the Cremation Association of North America (CANA) is an international organization of over 3,500 members, composed of funeral homes, cemeteries, crematories, industry suppliers, and consultants. CANA members believe that cremation is preparation for memorialization.

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