Thursday, March 29, 2012

Delivering Ice to a funeral home is a somber event.

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One of the most somber places to deliver ice to is a funeral home.  Not because the ice is used to keep people on ice.  It is actually used to keep drinks cold for guests who are mourning the loss of a loved one.  The somber part is the purpose of the building you are entering.  It is warm, everything is done nice and proper almost like a church and everyone is wearing black.  As a delivery driver you are almost afraid to move because then people will notice the one out of place thing in the building which is you or in this case me.

Usually when you deliver to a place you like to joke with the client.  Build rapport is always vital when it comes to business, as to create client loyalty.  In a funeral home it almost feels wrong, like you are disrespecting the dead or the grief of the living.  Even the person you are interacting with generally has a somber look on their his or here face.  They are always dressed in the traditional funeral wardrobe.

When you work in the ice industry and are around packaged ice all day, you really enjoy the times you get to interact with people.  At a funeral home, it is a little different because for the most part you don't really know what to say or how to act.  All I do is quickly put the ice in the freezer, get the invoice signed and get out of there as quickly as I can.

I can't help but wonder if this is normal.  If all people feel uncomfortable in places where you are reminded of your own mortality.  Maybe that is the normal way to feel and if so it must be very difficult to work at a funeral home.  A good day from a business perspective for them is a bad day for a lot of other people.

The Iceman
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Why is it that we rejoice at a birth and grieve at a funeral? It is because we are not the person involved.

Mark Twain

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