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Caring for Others
by Caring for Ourselves First
(it is all in the details)
Would you send someone to the grocery store without a list and expect them to bring home the correct groceries? This idea is why Becky Konshak works as a Family Service Counselor.
Becky shares her experience - "A tale of two stories, same family but two completely different experiences. I learn and apply everything from personal experience as most people do. Why pre-plan? What does it do? I had the unfortunate task of being responsible for my grandmother’s funeral and cemetery arrangements because I and my family were not ready to admit she was going to pass. She was diagnosed with six months to live and she lasted exactly six months. We did nothing, we planned nothing, and when the time came we had nothing. This was both an emotional and financial burden on us. Thankfully, one of my relatives came through financially but the emotional part of it still stings to this day! Fast forward about 12 years later, when Dad (my grandfather) passed. It was a completely different story. He made sure everything was planned ahead of time. He had it all taken care of and the only thing we had to do was go pick out a new suit for him. We were able to focus on the healing and fond memories of Dad. He was the KING of dad jokes and taking the back way because it was quicker, when it really wasn’t."
A little more about Becky... "If you would have told me just a little over a year ago that I would be working in a cemetery, I would have told you that you were a little bonkers! I have more than 30 years of experience in multi-unit, multi-business retail management in combined discount and department store. How does one make the transition from retail to a Family Service Counselor? Surprisingly, what I loved about being in retail transitioned over to this position. It is all about taking care of people, serving them, and assisting them in protecting their families. I love being a problem solver, and that is what I get to do in my current role. What I do is a calling for me. It is my mission to make sure no one has to go through what we did with my grandmother, and everyone understands how easy it is to duplicate the positive experience I went through with Dad."
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