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Meet Our Avon and Avon Lake Funeral Home Manager

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Meghan BurmeisterCompassion and innovation are embedded in the roots of Busch Funeral and Crematory Services—and it all starts with our caring Busch staff.

In our latest blog series, Meet Our Managers, you will get the opportunity to learn all about each of our location managers on a more personal level.  

First up, Meghan Burmeister. Meghan works comfortably in all of Busch’s seven Northeast Ohio locations, but feels most at home in Avon and Avon Lake, where she manages both locations.

Meghan has worked for Busch for 20+ years, starting as an associate after graduating from Mount Union College. She served her apprenticeship with Busch, where she transitioned into a full-time funeral director after her completion of the state and national board exams.

Outside of Busch, Meghan and her husband, Bill, enjoy vacations with their son Otto, while also supporting community, church and school events. 

Learn more about Meghan, and our Avon and Avon Lake locations in the questions and answers below.

Q: What services are offered at the Avon and Avon Lake funeral home locations?

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Q: What are some of the unique amenities at these locations?

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Q: What are your day-to-day tasks?

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Q: What's the most common question (or concern) you hear when helping families plan services?

Many families only plan one or two funerals in their lifetime, so they come into Busch without knowing a lot of what goes into the planning process. The following are questions and concerns that come up frequently: 

  • How many people should families plan for when having a luncheon with our catering services?
  • Where can cremated remains be scattered?
  • What are the requirements to get into a national cemetery?
  • Do we have to purchase the outer burial container or a vault?
  • What is the difference between a wooden and metal casket? 

I like to tell people that I might not have every answer, but I know that I have a co-worker that will. My goal is to get families the answers that they need in a timely manner.

Q: What's the best piece of advice you have for families who have experienced a loss?

People come into the funeral home wanting to say something to the family. Sometimes they don’t know the right words to use and then it doesn't come out right.  

I like to let families know that nobody comes to a funeral or memorial service wanting to hurt their feelings by what they say. 

People, for the most part, have good hearts. They can also be uncomfortable when expressing condolences. So if something comes out that doesn't make sense to the family or even rubs them the wrong way, I try to tell them, “Just know that person was trying to come to you with love in their heart and it just came out weird.”

Q: What are the most rewarding and difficult parts of your job?

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Q: What would you say is the most important task of being a funeral director?

It’s important to let families know that they’ve made good choices.

I actively listen to families and assure them we are going to do everything we can to complete every project that we've talked about. My goal is to give them peace of mind. I want them to know that we are able to take care of all of this and that it will be just fine. 

Although this is not a fun thing that we're planning, it's going to go off without a hitch and I let them know I'm going to make sure it's perfect.

Q: What drew you into this field?

I grew up in Rittman, Ohio across the street from a funeral home, and I always thought that it looked like a really fulfilling job.

I would see the owner of the funeral home, Mr. Gilman, across the street taking care of and running funerals. Sometimes he'd be out there mowing the lawn and it looked like a nice kind of business.

I started at Busch as an associate where I would answer the doors and drive the hearse for funerals in the morning. This gave me the opportunity to see if this is what I wanted to do after I graduated from college. Now, here we are 20+ years later.

Q: What has been the greatest impact on you since you started at Busch?

When I started working for Busch, I worked with my now husband, Bill, and his partner, John Shook.

Bill is our operations manager where he manages all seven of Busch’s funeral homes, and John became the manager of the Avon and Avon Lake funeral homes soon after I joined the staff. During this time, I had been working at our Fairview Park location. 

Unfortunately, in May 2018, John unexpectedly passed away and that was really hard on our staff. I had always wanted to be a manager, but I did not want to come into it the way that I did.

Even though we deal with loss day-in and day-out, when it hits so close to home like John’s passing did, you realize just what a tremendous shame it was to lose someone.

I had extremely large shoes to fill. John was remarkably present in our community and it just has left a huge void here. I hope I can live up to his legacy.

Q: What is the best career advice you have received?

My grandpa would always say:

“Find a job that you want to go to every morning and have a home life that you want to go home to every evening.” 

I have really tried to do that and if you can too, you're very, very lucky.

Q: In your own words, what is the Busch Difference?

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Set Up a Time to Meet With Meghan

If you’re interested in planning final arrangements or learning more about our Avon or Avon Lake locations, book a time to meet with Meghan today. Along with the rest of our caring Busch staff, she is trained and experienced to provide you with answers to all of your questions.

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Jim Busch
Jim Busch
Owner and president of our firm. Fourth generation funeral director and certified crematory operator, Jim is guided by his principles in faith, family and friends. He loves to hear feedback from our families. Proudly serving Busch families since 1986.
 

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