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Joseph Reiff was certainly one of six funeral administrators from round Iowa to be honored by Iowa Funeral Administrators Affiliation (IFDA) in recognition of 40 years of licensed apply on the affiliation’s annual conference Could 18-20. Reiff serves the realm via Reiff Funeral House and Cremation Providers in Cascade, Epworth, Farley, Peosta and Dyersville. In keeping with Reiff, the funeral house is a household enterprise first begun by his father in Farley.
“I labored with my father who was a funeral director all his life. I labored with him as much as eight years after I got here out of college. Then he handed away and I took over the enterprise. My father initially began in Farley, then expanded to Epworth, after which to Dyersville. Then we got here all the way down to Cascade. He handed away a number of years in the past and I expanded to Peosta.”
Reiff has seen a number of modifications within the funeral director apply over his a few years, with one of many main ones being the size of wakes and kind of burials.
“The wakes are a lot shorter,” he mentioned. “Once I began there have been two-day wakes. Now we’re all the way down to one-day and next-day providers. It has modified all through the years and a number of the issues that was once frequent, like an earth burial, have modified to cremation burials. That’s modified and advanced over time, not as a lot in some areas, however it has expanded right here. They nonetheless have common providers and the whole lot, however as a substitute of being buried, they’re cremated. It’s a major change.”
One other vital change has been a rise in tissue and organ donation, however Reiff mentioned this hasn’t made his job any tougher, simply completely different.
“It’s a little bit extra work however not likely an issue. It’s simply one thing we needed to discover ways to deal with and transfer on. It hasn’t affected us both method. It’s primarily about caring for the households and respecting their needs.”
The households of the deceased have all the time been Reiff’s high precedence as a funeral director and the one factor he considers most necessary in each the enterprise and his private calling.
“Taking good care of the households, giving them an opportunity to say their goodbyes, and serving to them work via their grief, it’s crucial to me and I take it personally to maintain the households. It’s not a lot a job for me as a calling. I really like serving to households. My youthful era coming into the enterprise doesn’t see that and I assume they attempt to work with me on the extra family-oriented enterprise aspect of it. I don’t have a look at the enterprise aspect as a lot as what the household wants, however it’s important to stability each of them to make it work. I take numerous satisfaction understanding the households are taken care of and handled proper.”
Reiff mentioned his relationship with the IFDA is a daily one, as their job is to signify over 700 Iowa licensed funeral administrators and 425 funeral residence institutions all through the state and promote excellence in funeral providers.
“We meet frequently for persevering with schooling to maintain us updated with the brand new legal guidelines and modifications which are occurring,” he mentioned. “They give the impression of being out for us and if we have now to enter into the legalization to alter a number of the legal guidelines, they try this for us. We have now conferences to allow them to study what we predict is greatest, not that the legislators all the time pay attention.”
The IFDA grants pins to members acknowledging milestones of forty, fifty, and sixty years within the enterprise.
Concerning his personal enterprise, Reiff mentioned he has no plans to retire however is planning on having his youngsters step by step take over extra duty within the enterprise.
“My son goes to highschool now and my daughter is a funeral director. To be sincere, I’m not planning to retire. I’ll take a little bit lighter load and let the children maintain operating it for me, however I’m going to be right here so long as my well being retains me going. That is what I’ve performed for 40-some years and I don’t have any hobbies. That is my enjoyment, however my son and daughter will finally fill in my steps and maintain me going.”
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