The state of Oklahoma, like most of the nation, is short on funeral directors. While they may deal with the dead, funeral directors say they’re really in the business of people.

“This is really a calling. This profession is really a calling to it,” funeral director Brian Douglas said.

Douglas has been helping families cope with loss for decades.

“We’re there to take care of them from that point forward, and to help them to begin what we call the healing process,” Douglas said.

Douglas runs the Harvey Douglas Funeral Home and Crematory in Ardmore. He’s also the president of the Oklahoma Funeral Directors Association. He says his profession is a dying breed.

“I graduated with 120 when I graduated my mortuary class. The numbers we’re seeing now are 19-20 that are graduating, roughly,” Douglas said.

Douglas tells us the demand for funeral services is still strong, but they’re now running short on people to do the job. He says the need is dire in rural areas with many family-run funeral homes.

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