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'We give final care'

UNLIKE makeup workers, other employees in the funeral industry have a relatively better reputation simply because they do not touch the body.

Some of them receive families in funeral homes, some discuss arrangements and do business. Some do regular office, sales and marketing, inventory and administrative work, as in any business.

"We feel less stressed than the makeup workers, but we still get strange looks from people when they learn where we work," says an employee for the Baoxing Funeral Parlor, asking not to be identified.

Staff for cemeteries and funeral parlors do their best to satisfy families. They believe their hard work will be recognized and appreciated.

"My theory is simple," says Zhou Meifang, a saleswoman at the Baoxing Funeral Parlor. "I can earn profit from the rich and reputation from the poor, thus both my customers and I will be satisfied."

As society develops, more people are coming to understand the significance of the funeral industry.

"I believe someday people will realize we don't just deal with the body, but we also give final care to people," says Yi Hua, deputy general manager of Fushouyuan Cemetery, the biggest of its kind in the city.


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