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A special thank you to author Alan D. Wolfelt, PhD for his commitment to serving those who are caring for others at their time of greatest need.

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Self Care Resources For Funeral Service Professionals

About the Resources

The Funeral Service Foundation commissioned the handbook and complementing poster through the COVID-19 Crisis Response Fund. Both resources are available FREE OF CHARGE to funeral service professionals.

Funeral service professionals are first responders – sometimes called “last responders” in a high-touch, high-stress environment. Effectively managing that stress is part and parcel of the vocation and essential to a funeral service professional’s well-being. Finding ways to manage stress is key to maintaining healthy relationships with loved ones, and boosts a funeral director’s capacity to compassionately serve families.

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Self-Care Handbook

Use this handbook to explore effective self-care techniques, specially designed to help funeral service professionals maintain a healthy work/life balance and prevent burnout.

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Evaluate experiences, thoughts, and feelings.

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Manage stress

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Navigate a path to self-care

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Uncover a deeper sense of self-understanding

Self-Care Manifesto Poster

Use this FREE poster in your work room for a gentle, helpful, and constant reminder of the self-care manifesto featured in the handbook. Read through each point to stay connected with your thoughts, feelings, and self-care goals to maintain a healthy work/life balance and to be the best funeral service professional you can be.

Posters are included with each handbook order of 5-125, and are also available separately.

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Part of the Illinois Funeral Directors Association (IFDA) Strategic Plan is to provide addiction support and resources to members and employees that may have behavioral or addiction problems related to the profession. We also need to offer reliable HR resources to address employee addictions. The Foundation’s Caring for Families & Caring for Yourself handbook is a perfect resource.

Mary Carey, Executive Director, IFDA, Springfield, IL

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