The most common question I hear is, "How did you end up in the funeral industry?". The simple answer is... it's a calling.
I had been a college student for quite sometime majoring in Anthropology and Psychology with a focus in Pre-Med. I had already decided that medical school would not be the path I wished to continue since I was not truly passionate about it. I was unsure about what I really wanted to do, but I knew I loved culture, the human experience, and all things biology.
Soon after this realization, my paternal grandmother died unexpectedly. Since everyone in our family lived in different states, I took on the privilege of making funeral arrangements for her. However, I was on a very restrictive budget so I decided to do everything a funeral home would do, myself! Aside from the actual cremation, I arranged a beautiful service without the help of a mortuary. The wonderful feeling of accomplishment, seeing my grandmother have a lovely service, and the appreciation I received from the rest of the family was what lead to my eventual career as a funeral professional.
I am a licensed funeral director and embalmer, and now the proud owner and operator of Guided Transitions CA. My purpose in life is to help families coordinate meaningful services, that are affordable and personal while helping them get more involved in the funeral process. Bringing death back into the home, as it traditionally always was handled, and getting families more involved in the preparation of their loved ones not only facilitates grief work, but also promotes a healthy attitude of acceptance regarding end-of-life challenges.