News of Interest: Funeral Directors’ Challenges with Substance-Use Death Explored

[July 22, 2018 — Daily Herald, suburban Chicago, IL] In How Rise in Opioid Deaths Takes Toll on Funeral Home Operators, reporter Marie Wilson takes a hard look at how a vital industry is being affected by the opioid epidemic. The article covers all angles of the issue, including a funeral home getting involved in naloxone (or Narcan) training, how the number of sudden deaths affects funeral home staff, and how supporting bereaved people after a death from substance-use can be especially challenging.

Funeral director Marya Gibbons says that this kind of death has “‘a different aftershock,'” and the article explains that “opioid-related deaths cause an unusual form of grief, so throughly mired with guilt, shame, confusion, regret, anger, envy, failure and uncertainty, that even those used to consoling families say they’re sometimes at a loss.”

News of Interest” links readers to stories and information related to grief after a death from substance use.

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