Confessions of a Funeral Director

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Some of you may be aware that kinesiology isn’t the only work that I do.  Thankfully I have a couple of things that I’m really passionate about, which doesn’t make it feel like work at all!

Alongside my kinesiology work, I am also a death doula who supports people at their end of life.  I share this for you to know that I’m available for anyone facing a journey of death.  The role of a death doula varies depending on individual needs, but in brief I offer emotional support, administration support, resources or companionship for those who are dying and their families.

If you have a personal interest in doing the same, the wonderful Denise Love runs weekend training courses.  The next foundations course will be held in Melbourne over the weekend of 7th/8th April.  For information check out the link on FB:

I also work part time as an independent funeral director.  Death and the prospect of facing death can be an extremely sensitive and overwhelming time.  But you don’t have to do it alone.  I’ve had over 7 years experience in the funeral industry and would be honoured to offer you any information that will help you be more prepared for and cope with such a major life transition.  Feel free to call or email if you have anything you’d like to know.

In May I will be running a 3 week seminar series covering the topics that are helpful when dealing with death and planning for death.  I’ll post more about that in the next few weeks.

In January Living Now magazine published my first article about the funeral work I do.  For some reason I felt a little vulnerable sharing this part of my life publicly.  I guess I’ve been sharing articles and newsletters about my kinesiology work for 10 years now and I felt a little exposed writing my first article about a ‘taboo’ topic.  Yes I am human too and feel vulnerable at times and want to be accepted by the world!!  The best thing I’ve learnt though is to just do it (Nike were onto something!).  Show the world who you really are and let them receive the gifts you have to offer.

So here it is.  If you’d like to know more about what it’s like to work closely with death and a few tips on how to make empowering choices regarding funeral arrangements, read on below…..


I can’t say ‘funeral director’ was at the top of my list of things I wanted to be when I grew up.  I can say I thought about being a Vet or a Hairdresser, but Funeral Director never even entered my mind.  Yet here I now am, helping people organise final farewells for the loved ones in their lives.  Done badly – it can contribute to family conflict, overwhelm and extended grief.  Done well – it can provide an important opportunity for expression and acceptance and will actually assist in the grieving process.

I guess some things you are drawn towards because of an innate passion….and some things are drawn towards you because it is exactly what you need on a soul level.

Death as a part of life:

Throughout my life, my family didn’t talk much about death. You could say they avoided ‘death’…read more