Mondays with the Mortician: Path to being a mortician the right decision

Published 8:57 am Monday, May 4, 2015

By Kathleen Dufault

Mayer Funeral Home

Most funeral directors are born into the profession, literally.  Their fathers, grandfathers, and great grandfathers have ran the family business for generations.

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Why not me? I decided I wanted to be a mortician when I was in my junior year of high school. I had no family connection and had only ever been to two funerals and one wake service in my life.  My family thought I was out of my mind and wondered why would I want to have such a morbid career.  I guess it was the science behind the profession that drew me to it. It was not something that many people would consider as a career and I liked that.

My math teacher at the time was a retired mortician. I asked him if he thought the funeral profession would be something that I would be good at and he said yes, he believed it would.  That’s all that it took, someone to believe in my career path.

Twenty-four years later, I have learned being a mortician has been the right choice for me. I have also learned that there is so much more to this profession than the science behind it. It is all about the families that I serve and knowing that when I get that hug from them, I have done my job, and that makes it all worth it.

As for my family thinking that I am out of my mind … my parents proudly introduce me as their daughter, the undertaker.

—Kathleen Dufault is one of the funeral directors at Mayer Funeral Home.