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Funeral Pro Chat Podcast #13: Caleb Wilde and Jason Bathurst Discuss Funeral Director Compassion Fatigue and Burnout


Feb 11, 2016

ASD is proud to sponsor Funeral Pro Chat, an exciting and informative Podcast series for funeral directors. Now available on iTunes, the series features directors and experts discussing the latest funeral trends, news and customs. This month, we are proud to feature sixth generation Funeral Director, Author and Popular Blogger, Caleb Wilde (Confessions of a Funeral Director). Caleb visited ASD and sat down with National Sales Manager and Licensed Funeral Director, Jason Bathurst, to talk about their experiences growing up in the funeral business. In this podcast interview, Caleb and Jason discuss how burnout and compassion fatigue impacts the daily lives of funeral directors.

Listen now to her Caleb and Jason discuss the affects of funeral director burnout, the importance of practicing self-care and how to set professional and personal boundaries.
“I think especially for new funeral directors, we’re put through the gauntlet and a lot of us don’t survive because of the physical and the mental stress involved in the logistics of the funeral business in addition to seeing death on a constant basis. The burnout and the drop out rate is pretty high.”-Caleb Wilde
Even though I don’t work as a funeral director now, I still live in the same town where I grew up and when I know someone has passed away, I get that itch where I want to help. I want to be there. It was hard for me to learn how to grieve for someone because I was always grieving on the funeral director end.”-Jason Bathurst

Funeral Pro Chat was created to inform and enlighten funeral professionals on a range of subjects that interest them. Each podcast consists of an interview with a specially selected guest who will offer insight on a particular topic. Every month, two podcasts will be released on They are also available for download on iTunes.

To hear the first Funeral Pro Chat podcast featuring Caleb Wilde, click here.
To hear the second Funeral Pro Chat podcast featuring Elleanor Davis Starks, click here.
To hear the third Funeral Pro Chat podcast featuring Debra Fry, click here.
To hear the fourth Funeral Pro Chat podcast featuring Isaiah Owens, click here.
To hear the fifth Funeral Pro Chat podcast featuring Kevin Moran, click here.
To hear the sixth Funeral Pro Chat featuring John Beckwith, click here.
To hear the seventh Funeral Pro Chat featuring Gene Steele, click here.
To hear the eighth Funeral Pro Chat featuring Joe Sanchez, click here.
To hear the ninth Funeral Pro Chat featuring Jayme Jeter-Cameron, click here.
To hear the tenth Funeral Pro Chat featuring Richard Traunero, click here.
To hear the eleventh Funeral Pro Chat featuring Bill Williams, click here.
To hear the twelfth Funeral Pro Chat featuring Toby Blackstar, click here.

To learn more about FuneralProChat, visit

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About The Author

Jess Farren (Fowler)

Jess Farren (Fowler) is a Public Relations Specialist and Staff Writer who has been a part of the ASD team since 2003. Jess manages ASD’s company blog and has been published in several funeral trade magazines. She has written articles on a variety of subjects including communication, business planning, technology, marketing and funeral trends. You can contact Jess directly at


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