The ‘Cooling Board,’ Explained

Today we thought we would pass along this gem we found a few weeks back. It is an old-fashioned implement, the cooling board, explained beautifully by the town’s funeral director. The gentleman also speaks of his years caring for those bereaved in his community through their darkest hours, his family’s funeral home, and his personal realization that age has become an obstacle that hinders his ability to give his mental or physical best to the work anymore. He gives a candid and thoughtful testament to what it means to serve others as a small town director. We hope you enjoy this selection as much as we did.

Have a beautiful day and thank you for coming by…we hope you’ll have something to say in the comment box before you go.

Hugs,     C J  and  Morguie



C J's- Mortuary College Pic 1999

C J’s- Mortuary College Pic

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16 Responses to “The ‘Cooling Board,’ Explained”

  1. Good story….I noticed how he was coughing as he talked about the new chemicals. MAkes sense to those of us who know. I also appreciated the comment about he crying lady and forgeting that he buried her husband a short time ago. People come up to me and we will start talking and they will tell me how i helped them ten years ago, (sometimes a lot less) and I just cannot remember, which is a bit embarrassing. BTW…We still have one of those boards in our basement.


    • Do you cough, too? I do..but I believe I am equally guilty as a long time smoker. But for all it’s worth, those aldehydes and heavy phenols and caustics do indeed take their toll. I am also afflicted with asthma and I never ‘got used to’ being exposed to the cavity chemicals. I once dropped an ‘unbreakable’ plastic bottle of Pierce’s strongest cavity fluid on the cold tile floor and it shattered and truth be told, as I found out later, it was actually a haz-mat type of emergency…I became so overwhelmed by the fumes and I do know I burnt the lungs pretty bad that day. Of course I cleaned it up! As an embalmer, there really is no 100% safe way to do your job correctly without risk of formaldehyde over-exposure. That being said, I realize we are all subject to the possibility of cancer someday, as a result.
      As for the memory thing…I understand that too. Hey, when you serve a community, and you are the guy everybody comes to, there is always the chance that could happen, you know…forgetting the name, or even a death you’d handled…momentarily. There are an awful lot of people out there to remember as the years go by. It can be awkward, to say the least. But, we are human. Of course, when I was a schoolgirl, the nun who taught my 3rd grade class seemed to have the memory of an elephant—lol, she’d catch me after Mass years later to inquire how my math was coming along! Lol! So, there are some things we wish some could forget, right?


  2. That was a wonderful, informative film about the funeral home industry. The role within rural communities should not be underestimated and even within large cities many of us have relationships with a particular funeral home that span many generations. This man’s reflection on his own losses (his memory and his wife) was very touching as well. Thank you for sharing!


  3. I wonder if you and Morguie realise just how much comfort you bring to the bereaved with your information on what to expect and the advice you often give. Funeral homes can be a place of fear for some until you understand just how normal and human are the people who work there.
    xxx I send you Multi-Hugs xxx


    • We are so glad to have been complimented in such a way! Thank you! That is what we set out to do…happy to know that we are making our goal. XXxxCJ and MousiexxXX


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