On the RAS blog this time we introduce Mr. Stanley Swan.
What do the following have in common? A Funeral Director, an Undertaker and a Mortician. Quite simply they are the names for a job that is of huge significance to humanity, but often shunned by society’s spotlight. The ironic thing is that everyone will one day become a paying client for this age-old industry. In a rare and wholly-unique new book, Stanley Swan is breaking his silence to share the good, the bad and the sometimes zany stories from serving the last wishes of those who have passed on.
Stan was brought up with his three siblings on a dairy farm in the Southern Tier of New York State. At a very young age, he knew he was destined to be in the funeral business, but first he spent 15 years as an on-air radio personality. At age 31, he returned to college and obtained his NYS directors license. He then, with his wife Sandra, purchased a small funeral home, which they operated for twenty years. Also during that time Stan worked with the local Sheriff’s department in corrections. After having a bout of cancer Stan and Sandra sold their firm. However, a short time later they returned to the ‘calling’ he felt so strong about. Now, after almost thirty-seven years, Stan has decided to put in print for others to see, the challenges facing those in funeral service, the highs, the lows, the personal sacrifices and the rewards.
You will experience in his new book, Undertakings of an Undertaker: true stories of being laid to rest, all of the emotions encountered during the day to day business of taking care of a community’s needs.
This Week’s Podcast:
Joining us on the podcast this week is Mr. Stanley Swan. Also on the podcast are some emails answered and very short story that explains the mystery of going fishing. You won’t want to miss a second of this one.
You can listen to this podcast this Thursday (12/03) at Ron’s Amazing Stories, download it from iTunes, stream it on TuneIn Radio or listen on your radio Friday night at 8pm Eastern time. Check your local listing or find the station closest to you at this link.
December 31, 2015 – Called to be a Soldier (RAS226)
January 07, 2016 – The Lodger (RAS227)
January 14, 2016 – Undertakings with Stanley Swan (RAS228)
January 21, 2016 – (RAS229)
January 28, 2016 – (RAS330)