|Ben Bueler has operated Bueler Funeral Homes in Camp Verde and in Cottonwood since 2005. VVN/Bill Helm|
CAMP VERDE - "Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted" -- Matthew 5:4.
As owner and funeral director of Bueler Funeral Homes in Camp Verde and in Cottonwood, it is Ben Bueler's goal to comfort his clients.
"Growing up in the funeral business, growing up in funeral homes, we deal with death on a daily basis," said Bueler, whose family has been operating funeral homes for three generations. "The average family needs our service once every seven years."
According to Bueler, his workday can begin as early as midnight.
"We get the initial call that somebody has passed," Bueler said. "Right away, I need to ready myself. I try to wear a nice shirt and a tie [when I meet with the family]. I try to be at their home within an hour, at least no later than an hour and a half."
According to Bueler, the initial meeting with a family is crucial for establishing trust. After that first meeting, Bueler and the family then discuss arrangements for the deceased, whether it is a burial or a cremation.
"If they want a funeral, it usually takes four or five days, maybe a week," Bueler said. "If they select cremation, we could plan a memorial service weeks out, even months out [if necessary]."
"I am also the embalmer," Bueler said. "Our results are better the sooner we can get that done. But typically, it's about a week for our contact with the family."
Bueler says he is a religious man, a member of the LDS church. He says that his faith helps him comfort the people he serves.
"This life is not the end," Bueler said. "Having that belief is a huge help to me, knowing there is more than death.
"This is a huge responsibility," Bueler said. "I am grateful to have the upbringing.
"I always knew I would be working in the funeral business," Bueler said. "I knew as a small boy. I saw how my grandfather helped people, and how much people respected him for getting them through. Then I saw my father do it."
"There's nothing quite as rewarding as knowing you've helped a grieving family. They're so kind; it's amazing. Recognizing this helps other people. It sure helps make the funeral profession one of honor. I've always seen it as something respected."
Some months, Bueler Funeral Homes may serve as few as 20 families. Other months, as many as 60. On occasion, Bueler has helped as many as 10 families at the same time. According to Bueler, one of his goals is to treat these families as if they are the only family he is working with.
"It's a good thing when they feel that way," Bueler said. "We offer personal service. I am there with people every step of the way, right through the funeral service."
"They know who to talk to," Bueler said. "That's what we offer. We're not the Wal-Mart of the funeral business. We're like a boutique. We tend to every need at the time of service."