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article imageOp-Ed: Mortician — A job to die for

By Alexander Baron     Dec 3, 2013 in Lifestyle
Are you a people person or do you prefer to keep your counsel? Do you want to train for a profession or end up in a dead end job? If you answer yes to any or all of the above, this one is for you.
When we read, listen to or watch the news, what do we expect to hear? In any news programme of any length - international, national, regional or local - there will be a report about someone dying. The deaths that are reported are the famous, the infamous, the tragic, the sensational, the despicable, but have you ever considered how many people die every single day?
To the nearest million, 55 million people died worldwide in 2011, which is in excess of 150,000 day. Clearly only the tiniest fraction of those make the news, but outside of war zones and those who end up in anonymous shallow graves, the overwhelming majority will at some point require the services of a mortician. Not everyone has the grey matter and bedside manner necessary to be a doctor, so if you would like a career that is close to that but not quite there, how about studying for a degree in mortuary science or in related funeral services?
Here is the way top mortuary science schools see it: "Are you comfortable with death? Do you wonder why others are always so afraid of 'dark' things like cemeteries and biological remains? If so, you may be cut out for a career in the mortuary sciences."
Not sure exactly what it entails? Your first port of call is YouTube where you can watch a short video about lady embalmers at the University of Minnesota. There is no glass ceiling here in what has been traditionally a largely male preserve. Preserve - geddit? Only yesterday it was reported that Uganda had just acquired its first female funeral director. Back in the USA, here is another and slightly longer video from a college that takes a wider look at funeral services.
Finally, if you want something a little less medical but a little more comprehensive, here is a six part video that covers the funeral home business.
So, it's not the career move you're looking for? Give it time, we all end up there in the end.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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