In the fall trees proudly shed their leaves. Displaying nature’s grandeur as vibrant greens slowly fade to yellow, orange and red. The forest becomes enchanting while autumn days shorten and summer fades away.
As human beings we can learn a thing or two from the trees. Just like the trees in the fall it is imperative to shed parts of ourselves that no longer serve us. I am not referring to allowing our hair to fall out or choosing to discount a finger. By shedding I refer to releasing bad habits and letting go of emotions and characteristics that prevent us from living our best life. By shedding we make room for new possibilities and prosperity.
The funeral industry is at a point where they would be best served by shedding a few leaves as well. From reducing the often over-utilized practice of embalming to minimizing the use of precious wood in the manufacture of caskets the industry could make strides to be more environmentally conscious. Also families deserve the opportunity to care for their own. As a funeral professional I see the importance of encouraging the participation of a family during the transition of a loved one in order to experience a richer present and allow for proper healing after loss.
Every time I see a golden leaf turn loose and float to the ground I will be reminded of the opportunity I have been given to let it go and make room for the new! I will strive to live my life more like the autumn trees. What will you shed?