Choosing a funeral song can, of course, be a mightily significant task. It’s essentially the last time that you get to have a say in front of your nearest and dearest. These days, though, mourners are more likely to hear a number-one hit than a traditional hymn. So here’s a look at 40 pop songs – by everyone from Queen to Adele – that according to a chart published by a U.K. funeral firm, have become part of the send-off songbook. And some of the selections may just take you by surprise.
40. Frank Sinatra – “My Way”
“And now, the end is near/And so I face the final curtain.” With an opening couplet like that, it’s hardly surprising that Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” has been a funeral staple ever since its release in 1969. And everyone from the Sex Pistols’ Sid Vicious to Elvis Presley have put their own spin on this standard, too. You may not know, however, that its music is lifted from a French chanson called “Comme d’habitude.”
39. Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth – “See You Again”
Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s chart-topping hit was born out of devastating circumstances. Indeed, the track was penned in memory of Paul Walker, the Fast and Furious star who lost his life in a car accident in 2013. And since then, many grieving individuals have found comfort in its hopeful lyrics about seeing a loved one again.
38. Celine Dion – “My Heart Will Go On”
Celine Dion’s epic power ballad famously featured in the movie Titanic. As a result, many find that it’s impossible to hear “My Heart Will Go On” without picturing Leonardo DiCaprio’s Jack in the icy waters of the North Atlantic. But for some, its theme of everlasting love makes it the perfect choice of farewell song.
37. Sam Smith – “Lay Me Down”
It took a little while for Sam Smith’s “Lay Me Down” to become a well-known track to the public. In fact, it was only on a re-recorded third release that added John Legend to the mix that the heartfelt ballad topped the U.K. charts. And the song has now gone on to become a funeral standard thanks to Smith’s affecting vocals and touching lyrics about loss.
36. Bon Jovi – “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead”
“I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead” is a phrase often used by people who live their life to the full. And so Bon Jovi’s rock anthem of the same name is arguably an ideal way to commemorate those whose passing means they are now able to get some well-earned rest. The track first appeared on the band’s 1992 LP Keep the Faith and has been a fixture of their concerts ever since.
35. Ellie Goulding – “How Long Will I Love You”
“How Long Will I Love You” was first released by folk-rockers The Waterboys at the turn of the 1990s. But nearly a quarter of a century later, Ellie Goulding gave the track a new lease of life. Yes, the pop songstress covered the acoustic ballad for a British charity telethon, and its moving declaration of unconditional love has since become a firm favorite at funerals.
34. Bette Midler – “Wind Beneath My Wings”
Back in 2002 Bette Midler’s “Wind Beneath My Wings” was crowned the U.K.’s most frequently chosen funeral track. The emotional ballad was originally sung by Australian star Kamahl, and it made its way to various artists – including Sheena Easton and Gladys Knight – before reaching the iconic singer/actress. Midler’s version went on to top the U.S. Hot 100 in 1989 thanks to its inclusion in tearjerker film Beaches.
33. Andrea Bocelli – “Time to Say Goodbye”
Tenor Andrea Bocelli has recorded “Con te partirò” in three different languages: Spanish, his native Italian and English. But it was this last version, which was a duet with popera sensation Sarah Brightman, that connected with the biggest audience. What’s more, its new title, “Time to Say Goodbye,” also made it a popular choice with those planning a funeral.
32. Louis Armstrong – “What a Wonderful World”
“What a Wonderful World,” it seems, is ideally suited to those who want their funeral to be more of a celebration than a mourning. Its uplifting lyrics about “trees of green” and “skies of blue” were penned by great American songwriters George David Weiss and Bob Thiele. And combined with the unmistakable gravelly tones of Louis Armstrong, they immediately struck a chord with optimists across the globe.
31. Eric Clapton – “Tears in Heaven”
With a title like “Tears in Heaven,” Eric Clapton’s early 1990s hit was always going to become a regular at funerals. Sadly, the track is inextricably linked to a real-life tragedy that the former Cream front-man suffered shortly before its release. Clapton, you see, penned the song with Will Jennings in memory of his son, Conor, who died in a tragic accident at the age of just four.
30. Garth Brooks – “If Tomorrow Never Comes”
“If Tomorrow Never Comes” has been a major hit for two different artists. Indeed, 1989 saw Nashville icon Garth Brooks score his first Billboard Country Singles chart number one with the story of a man who wonders how his partner would cope if he suddenly passed away. And 13 years later former Boyzone frontman Ronan Keating reached pole position in the U.K. with his faithful cover.
29. Luther Vandross – “Dance with My Father”
“Dance with My Father” was soul legend Luther Vandross’ final U.S. chart success. And it’s become one of his most enduring, too. Not only is the track regularly played for the father/daughter wedding dance at nuptials, but it’s also become a popular funeral choice. Vandross penned the ballad in memory of his father, who he lost to diabetes when he was child.
28. AC/DC – “Highway to Hell”
Some people, of course, decide to be a little more playful when it comes to their funeral song of choice. The title track from Australian rockers AC/DC’s 1979 LP “Highway to Hell” was named after Angus Young’s description of the touring lifestyle. But taking on another more tongue-in-cheek meaning, it’s also helped to lighten the mood at various funeral services.
27. Coldplay – “Fix You”
Coldplay’s back catalog is packed with anthems that sound like modern-day hymns. And with its church organ-like backing and lyrical theme of grief, the 2005 hit “Fix You” is perhaps their most funeral-appropriate. But that’s not all. The band’s frontman, Chris Martin, has even described the X&Y track as being their “most important song.”
26. Nat King Cole – “Unforgettable”
Most of us would probably like to think that we’d be difficult to forget once we’ve shuffled off this mortal coil. So, what better way to reiterate this than with Nat King Cole’s timeless classic “Unforgettable?” The jazz pianist first released the track in 1952. And he had a posthumous hit with the same song almost 40 years later when daughter Natalie added her vocals to a Grammy-winning beyond-the-grave duet.
25. Puff Daddy feat. Faith Evans & 112 – “I’ll Be Missing You”
Often mistaken for a love song, The Police’s “Every Breath You Take” is actually performed from the perspective of a stalker. But Puff Daddy and co. decided to spin the 1983 hit into a touching tribute song 14 years later. Released just months after The Notorious B.IG.’s death, “I’ll Be Missing You” topped the charts worldwide and entered the canon of funeral-friendly pop songs in the process.
24. Snow Patrol – “Chasing Cars”
Snow Patrol’s “Chasing Cars” was played practically everywhere in the mid-2000s. The indie-rock anthem not only dominated the airwaves, but it also featured in the season finales for both Grey’s Anatomy and One Tree Hill. Its use in the latter, in particular, helped to cement the track as a tearjerker perfect for a loved one’s memorial.
23. Boyz II Men and Mariah Carey – “One Sweet Day”
“And I know you’re shining down on me from heaven,” opens the chorus of Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s mid-1990s chart behemoth. In fact, “One Sweet Day” was co-written by the two artists as a way of honoring those who had lost their lives to the AIDS epidemic. And their sentiment certainly connected with U.S. audiences, as the track topped the charts for a record-breaking 16 weeks.
22. Dolly Parton – “I Will Always Love You”
Sometimes, it seems, the simplest words can be the most effective. Dolly Parton penned “I Will Always Love You” as a way of saying goodbye to her long-time mentor and ex-boyfriend Porter Wagoner. Whitney Houston’s bombastic rendition two decades later introduced the song to a new audience – and both versions have regularly featured on the published list of funeral favorites.
21. Guns N’ Roses – “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door”
“Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” is undoubtedly one of the more literal funeral song choices. Originally, the folk-rock epic was penned by Bob Dylan for the 1973 western Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid. But it’s the version recorded by Sunset Strip hell-raisers Guns N’ Roses that’s become more popular with the mourning crowd.
20. Eric Idle – “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life”
Perhaps the most positive message that you could possibly expect from a funeral song, “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” is performed by Monty Python’s Eric Idle. It was penned by the funnyman for the cult comedy troupe’s 1979 movie, Life of Brian. And it has since been adopted as a soccer stadium chant and as an amusing final farewell.
19. Ed Sheeran – “Supermarket Flowers”
Interestingly, Ed Sheeran’s first performance of his heartfelt ballad “Supermarket Flowers” was at a funeral. Yes, the world-conquering singer-songwriter had penned the acoustic number in the wake of his beloved grandmother’s death. And Sheeran was encouraged by his grandpa to make the song available to the public for his third LP, Divide.
18. Elvis Presley – “Always on My Mind”
The love song “Always on My Mind” has been tackled by dozens of artists over the years. Willie Nelson picked up a Grammy for his take in 1982, for instance, while Pet Shop Boys topped the U.K. charts with theirs five years later. But it’s Elvis Presley’s 1972 rendition, recorded shortly after his marriage ended, that has been adopted as one of the more sorrowful funeral anthems.
17. ABBA – “Dancing Queen”
ABBA’s party favorite “Dancing Queen” may initially seem like an unorthodox choice for a funeral. But the Swedes were renowned for hiding melancholic themes in their joyous Swedish pop sound. And some believe that this 1976 hit is sung from the perspective of a woman looking back at her youth and rather heartbreakingly realizing that it has gone forever.
16. Robbie Williams – “Angels”
Robbie Williams’ signature hit “Angels” was the earliest track that he penned with his regular cohort Guy Chambers. And the affecting ballad, written about the former Take That star’s late uncle and aunt, remains one of their most cherished. With its talk of salvation, the Life Thru a Lens cut has been a familiar sound at funerals in the U.K. ever since its release in 1997.
15. Josh Groban – “You Raise Me Up”
Irish groups Westlife and Celtic Woman and Welsh tenor Aled Jones have all enjoyed success with “You Raise Me Up.” However, it was Josh Groban who was the first artist to bring the stirring ballad to the world’s attention in 2003. Originally, though, the track was penned by the front-man of new age duo Secret Garden, Rolf Løvland, who also sang the track at his mum’s funeral.
14. Judy Garland – “Over the Rainbow”
Penned for the Hollywood classic The Wizard of Oz, “Over the Rainbow” picked up the Best Original Song Oscar in 1940. It also became the signature hit for its leading lady, Judy Garland, and was later covered by everyone from Israel Kamakawiwo’ole to Ariana Grande. Moreover, many have interpreted Dorothy’s hope of finding salvation in a new place as a perfect metaphor for heaven.
13. Adele – “Make You Feel My Love”
As a relatively late Bob Dylan classic, “Make You Feel My Love” first appeared on the iconic troubadour’s 1997 LP, Time Out of Mind. It was given a new lease of life a decade later when one of the most successful modern-day artists, Adele, offered up her take on the track. And the unashamedly romantic ballad has since become a go-to for grieving partners wanting to express their love one last time.
12. Led Zeppelin – “Stairway to Heaven”
With a running time of eight minutes and two seconds, “Stairway to Heaven” is one of the lengthiest pop/rock songs to enter the funeral canon. The track was recorded by Led Zeppelin for their fourth LP in 1971. And fans have often opted for its slow-building but ultimately epic sound as the perfect musical send-off.
11. Vera Lynn – “We’ll Meet Again”
Released in 1939, Vera Lynn’s “We’ll Meet Again” became synonymous with WWII. Its hopeful message of reunion struck a chord with both combatants and those they’d left behind at home during the six-year conflict. What’s more, Queen Elizabeth II even referenced the track in her speech addressing the hardships experienced by the world in 2020.
10. Aerosmith – “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing”
One of the 1990s’ ultimate movie ballads, “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” was recorded by rock legends Aerosmith for the blockbuster Armageddon. It gave Steven Tyler and co. their first U.S. number one single after they were more than a quarter of a century into their career. And many mourners have used its touching sentiment to bid a farewell to a loved one.
9. Pink Floyd – “Wish You Were Here”
Many fans believe Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” is a glowing tribute to the band’s departed guitarist, Syd Barrett – and the 1975 track has since become a funeral soundtrack regular. Co-writer Roger Waters, however, claims that its lyrics are about how to liberate yourself. Nonetheless, the bassist is more than happy for the song’s meaning to be taken differently.
8. Kenny Rogers – “The Gambler”
“You’ve got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em/Know when to walk away, know when to run.” Kenny Rogers’ Grammy winner seemingly offers several pieces of advice throughout its tale of an encounter with a gambler. And with one line claiming “the best you can hope for is to die in your sleep,” this 1978 hit also turns into a fitting self-penned eulogy.
7. John Denver – “Take Me Home, Country Roads”
Singer-songwriter John Denver very nearly hit the number one spot in 1971 with the ballad “Take Me Home, Country Roads.” Co-penned with Taffy Nivert and Bill Danoff, the track concerns a man’s desire to head back to West Virginia – a place that’s said to be “almost heaven.” As a result, therefore, it’s also been used by mourners who want to help guide their lost loved ones to a better place.
6. Bill Withers – “Ain’t No Sunshine”
This soul classic sees Bill Withers pining for a loved one who takes the sunshine away with them whenever they leave. And despite the fact that it wasn’t actually written about death, this hasn’t stopped the song becoming a rather fitting addition at funerals. The iconic vocalist actually took took inspiration from a toxic fictional relationship in 1960s film Days of Wine and Roses. “They were both alcoholics who were alternately weak and strong,” Withers told SongFacts.com. “It’s like going back for seconds on rat poison. Sometimes you miss things that weren’t particularly good for you,” he added.
5. Beyoncé – “I Miss You”
Co-penned with Frank Ocean, “I Miss You” was Beyoncé’s attempt to create a classic that she’d be able to perform well into old age. The 1980s-inspired number has since become one of the superstar’s most acclaimed ballads. And its theme of yearning for a former partner has resonated with many mourners wanting to say a final goodbye to their lost loves.
4. Oasis – “Live Forever”
Noel Gallagher wrote one of Oasis’ most anthemic and optimistic tunes in response to the nihilism of the grunge movement. In reference to Kurt Cobain, the outspoken guitarist said in the Stop the Clocks DVD, “Seems to me that here was a guy who had everything and was miserable about it. And I still thought that getting up in the morning was the greatest thing ever, ’cause you didn’t know where you’d end up at night.”
3. The Verve – “Bittersweet Symphony”
“Cause it’s a bittersweet symphony this life/Trying to make ends meet, you’re a slave to the money then you die.” The Verve’s anthemic 1997 hit might not be the most rose-colored of songs about our time on Earth. But with its stirring strings, many still see it as a way to send off a loved one in style.
2. Queen – “The Show Must Go On”
When it comes to the funeral chart, Queen is a popular band. But “The Show Must Go On” is perhaps their most fitting entry. The epic rock ballad was inspired by Freddie Mercury’s terminal illness, you see. And the front-man was in such bad health in the studio that his band members were worried he’d never finish the track. Rather admirably, though, Mercury somehow summoned up enough strength to deliver the song’s empowering message.
1. Johnny Cash – “Ring of Fire”
Some funeral organizations advise mourners against picking songs relating to fire – particularly for a cremation. But alongside tracks such as The Doors’ “Light My Fire” and The Trammps’ “Disco Inferno,” Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” is a popular choice for those who can still find humor in such a sad situation. The country classic was originally recorded by the sister of Cash’s wife, June, before The Man in Black took it into the charts in 1963.
As everyone knows, arranging and attending the funeral of a loved one can be an exceptionally difficult time – even if they have opted for an upbeat song. But have you ever considered what it’s like to be a funeral worker? Well, after several people doing this job opened up about their experiences, one undertaker made an especially troubling admission.
If you ever become a funeral worker, you’ll soon realize that it’s unlike any other profession. Naturally, during your time in your position, you’ll be spending a lot of time with the deceased – along with heartbroken families who are likely looking to you for guidance and reassurance. But what exactly does a funeral worker do? And how does their work – which, let’s face it, is not for everyone – actually affect them? Well, some morticians have since opened up about their jobs – and it turns out that they have some shocking secrets to share.
Of course, a funeral worker is likely to have plenty of responsibilities on the job. They may be tasked with collecting the deceased from the scene of their passing, for example. And, understandably, they often prepare a person’s body for their funeral by clothing it in appropriate attire.
Alongside that, funeral workers may be asked to embalm the deceased as well. But when it comes to the actual ceremony, their responsibilities can differ. If a religious figure is heading the funeral, you see, they will usually take a back seat by supervising proceedings. In the cases when this doesn’t happen, though, the workers often pick up the reins.
But while some funeral workers are able to take great satisfaction in what they do, the job can exact a heavy toll on others. And while a few of the people involved in the profession have spoken about their experiences in great detail in recent years, not all of these stories make for comfortable reading. In fact, some tales are particularly harrowing.
Even so, some people feel drawn to becoming funeral workers. And Vicki Fraser is among them, having eyed a career in the business ever since she was 12 years old. That could be because her family have their own funeral-organizing firm: John Fraser & Son.
Located in Scotland, John Fraser & Son was established back in the late 19th century with Fraser’s great-grandfather at the helm. And in the end, the young woman realized her dream of continuing her ancestor’s legacy when she became a funeral director at the family firm in 2003.
Then, in May 2008, Fraser sat down for an interview with U.K. newspaper The Independent. And over the course of the resulting conversation, she shed some light on her role in the funeral industry – including some of the most disturbing aspects of the job.
To begin with, Fraser touched upon her journey to becoming part of John Fraser & Son. “When I finished secondary school, my father was keen that I go to university, so I did a BA in business studies,” she revealed. “After this, I returned to Inverness, and [I] have now been working in the family business for five years.”
Fraser then reflected on her upbringing, admitting that the subject of death would often come up at home. “Because of this, I have never had the same naivety about the concept of dying that many people have,” the funeral worker continued. “Most people don’t think about it until it actually happens.”
As for the role itself, Fraser told the newspaper that it gives her considerable “satisfaction.” The gratitude she receives from bereaved relatives also makes it all worthwhile. But, of course, that’s not to say the job is completely without its challenges.
“Dealing with the funerals of children and sudden deaths such as road accidents and suicides – we all find that particularly hard,” Fraser said. “But it is important to treat every bereaved family as though they are the only bereaved family and to remember that everyone is someone’s loved one. Empathy, dignity and respect really are required at all times.”
Ray Ward may have agreed with Fraser, too, when it comes to the worst parts of being in the profession. You see, during his time at the helm of a funeral business named the Woodland & Wildlife Conservation Company, he has also been through his fair share of tough experiences. And in Ward’s case, one particular incident left him on the verge of stepping away from it all.
“The day I nearly gave up was when I walked out to find a man leaning against his car,” Ward told The Independent. “He had come to arrange a burial for his daughter, who had just been born. But he said, ‘It might have to be a double as my wife is not expected to live.’”
“That was hard,” Ward added. “But I also get calls from people at 3:00 a.m. saying, ‘I just wanted to make sure you would be there if I need you in the morning.’” And he and Fraser certainly aren’t the only funeral workers to have opened up about their lives in the business, either.
In 2017, you see, Lauren LeRoy decided to speak out about her time as a funeral director. Like Fraser, she had joined the industry at a young age, meaning she had planned in excess of 1,000 funerals before she had even turned 27. And when Vice magazine caught up with LeRoy to learn more, she was pretty candid about her unusual choice of career.
What’s more, LeRoy revealed that she shared another similarity with Fraser. “I have known since I was 12 that I wanted to be a funeral director,” the mortician said. “My great-aunt and great-uncle owned their own funeral home, so I would go over there a lot, and there wasn’t anything odd about it, because they lived above. It was a normal thing.”
But LeRoy only decided to go into the funeral business after suffering a couple of heartbreaking losses of her own. Before she reached her teens, her grandfather passed away. Her great-uncle died during this period, too, and this left her resolute that she would follow in his footsteps. But just as Fraser and Ward have done, the undertaker has had to face down a few challenges.
Given how unpredictable the profession can be, for example, LeRoy admitted that her social life was practically non-existent. The funeral director also suggested that her curious choice of career would leave her struggling on the dating scene if she was a singleton. But, thankfully for LeRoy, she wasn’t completely alone at the end of her workday.
“I’ve been with my husband since I was 15,” LeRoy told Vice. “He’s always known what I’ve wanted to do, and he’s so unbelievably supportive it’s not even funny. I don’t have a schedule. Everything that I do is up in the air. I think if I wasn’t with him, dating for me would be extremely difficult.”
“I like being home,” LeRoy continued. “After having a stressful day [at work] or just working for so long, I just want to come home, sit on the couch and relax. I don’t know how I would meet somebody. I wouldn’t have the energy to go out and meet somebody.”
But although the job may take up a large portion of LeRoy’s life, that didn’t seem to bother her too much. After all, there were also positives to be taken from her time in the business. And in the funeral director’s mind, one particular aspect of her work was especially fulfilling.
“I always say I meet the best people. It’s just during one of the most difficult times in their lives,” LeRoy explained. “I get to hear really fantastic stories about how people lived their lives, and I just love people. That’s why I do what I do.”
LeRoy then touched upon the overall perceptions that many still seem to have of funeral workers – particularly when it comes to what undertakers look like. And during her conversation with Vice, it seems that she wanted to bust those myths.
“[Funeral directors are] not scary!” LeRoy said. “I think when people think about funeral directors, they think of the Addams Family. Don’t get me wrong, I wear black every day, but funeral directors aren’t these morbid, death-loving people. I just wish people knew that funeral directors are normal people – just like everybody else.”
Then, in March 2019, yet another funeral worker shared tidbits from life on the job – although the tale he had to tell was very bleak. It all started when a man named Michael Dixon left his house on a morning in the winter of 2016.
Dixon was an employee of Ottawa Mortuary Services in Canada, with one of his responsibilities being to collect the deceased from the locations of their passing. Consequently, he would sometimes have to pick up the bodies of people who’d died in road crashes or who had been the victims of violent crimes.
Speaking to the Canadian publication Maclean’s, Dixon said, “A lot of people in the general public are really surprised at that. They always thought it was the police or the paramedics [who took the bodies away], or that sort of thing. But it’s us.” And in the end, this eventually took its toll.
Tragically, as a result of the effect that Dixon’s work had had on him, he decided that he would take his own life. “I woke up, had breakfast, kissed my wife goodbye, drove my son to school and off I went,” Dixon admitted. “It was there in the parking lot that I realized I needed help.”
Thankfully, Dixon then decided to make a phone call to his physician, who subsequently looked him over. And when the doctor had finished his examination, he informed the funeral worker that he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and “severe depression.”
Yet while that news came as something of a relief to Dixon, he still found it difficult to get the assistance he needed at first. “I realized, ‘Oh great, now I can get help,’” the undertaker revealed. “[But] it took me forever to ﬁnd somebody to help me, because I wasn’t a ﬁrst responder.”
Fortunately, Dixon’s search eventually led him to a therapist who tried to address those mental health issues. And following that time in treatment, the funeral worker not only recognized that he’d previously used alcohol to deal with his problems, but he also made a significant decision after finally going back to work.
You see, Dixon no longer wanted to internalize his negative feelings; instead, he made a point of discussing his problems with his colleagues. And, happily, the mortician’s willingness to share seemed to encourage others to voice their own emotions as well.
As a consequence, then, Dixon and his co-workers felt compelled to set up a “peer support group.” But while, at first, the funeral workers tried to find examples of any similar schemes within their job sector, they ultimately realized that nothing like it seemed to have been attempted before.
Dixon suggested that the demographics of the funeral business may have played a large part in this, as men – who often aren’t encouraged to show emotion – make up the majority of workers within the field. It didn’t help, either, that funeral directors are typically expected to be poised and dispassionate on the job.
“Sometimes, for no reason at all, you’ll be in tears over something you hear in a funeral, which is very beautiful and very moving. And you would hide that,” Dixon told Maclean’s. “You would be in a bathroom or in an ofﬁce with the door closed, and you would be bawling your eyes out.”
In more recent times, though, a larger number of women have been welcomed into the sector in Canada. And as a result, Dixon believes that the expectations placed on funeral workers are changing. This in turn has opened the door for his support group.
Funeral workers have specific challenges to face, too. For example, unlike those in other jobs, people dealing with death on a daily basis may struggle to talk about their work to their families. “We don’t want them to live the trauma that we live as well,” Melanie Giroux – one of the peer support group’s co-founders – told Maclean’s. “Because as soon as we start talking about it, they’re receiving all the energy and the messages we’ve already taken in.”
Giroux had also been dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder prior to helping set up the group. She had worked as an embalmer following a period in the beauty industry; following a personal tragedy, though, she found herself approaching her job differently.
Sadly, Giroux’s father took his own life, and yet she decided that she would be the one to take care of her dad’s body following his passing. “If I didn’t do that, I would have felt like I didn’t do enough,” she explained. “It’s made me a little bit more sensitive to different circumstances I never could relate to, because I’d never felt those feelings before.”
“It changes my touch, it changes the way I do things, it changes my tone,” Giroux added. Meanwhile, the support group officially got underway in August 2018. And within just a few months, around 80 people had joined up – suggesting, perhaps, that funeral workers are keen to follow Dixon in revealing just how their job really affects them.