WHEN AND HOW DID YOU JOIN THE FUNERAL INDUSTRY?
I have always been fascinated with the human body and what happens to it after death. In 2010 a chance conversation with a friend resulted in a new career as an embalmer. As is typical in most small funeral homes, along with learning to embalm, I was also helping out in other areas, e.g. assisting at funerals, casket trimming, office work, transfers (including police transfers) and everything in between! It was very satisfying to be part of a team whose job was helping families.
WHEN DID YOU QUALIFY?
In 2012 I achieved my Diploma at Weltec and not long after went to work for H Morris. Our team of three embalmers covered the needs of the InvoCare owned companies on the North Shore. Within a year or so, my role expanded to mortuary supervisor and I really enjoyed the challenges of the new position. Four years later, I found I wanted a less intense working life so I left H Morris and began my own company (KMT Embalming & Aftercare) and I am still working whenever and wherever a contract embalmer is needed anywhere in the country.
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT WHAT YOU DO?
Even world wide, embalmers are a small group and I love that the knowledge and experience of New Zealand embalmers is openly shared within our small community. Every embalmer I have met has the same mantra, “caring for a family’s loved one is a privilege and an honour”. I am proud of New Zealand embalming standards and of our reputation around the world. It is indeed, a privilege and an honour. And that, is what it is all about.
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