Friday, July 28, 2017
I'm a Funeral Director—Screaming Fights, Drunken Propositions, and Blasting Nirvana Are All Part of My Job
The life of a funeral director is peculiar at best. Normal workdays for a funeral director are commonly filled with events that the average person will (hopefully) not ever experience. As a New York City funeral director, Morty Portaro has some wild stories to tell of his experiences. First, as an oddly particular takeaway, Portaro has settled on a jazz funeral as his preferred method of exiting this mortal coil. Of the perhaps thousands upon thousands of funerals overseen, he marks jazz funerals as being the rare exception to the rule that funerals are unpleasant and somber events.
Having seen so many of these events, Portaro has encountered nearly every kind of patron imaginable. He relates stories of guests showing up to funerals in jorts and a t-shirt, or scantily clad in a bikini with almost no covering. While certainly inappropriate, these attendees do not quite compare to the drunken granddaughter who passed out in Portaro’s office and then offered to “thank” him for his services to the family. Although Portaro works an industry with varying hours and sometimes-difficult patrons, overall, he is glad he is able to help people through their most trying times.
See Morty Portaro, I'm a Funeral Director—Screaming Fights, Drunken Propositions, and Blasting Nirvana Are All Part of My Job, Business Insider, July 25, 2017.
Special thanks to Joel C. Dobris (Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law) for bringing this article to my attention.