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<<Mission Blog Home Posted: 10-19-2018
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It’s the scary season. Ghosts, goblins and pumpkin spice everywhere! So, it would be natural for us to focus on a “dead” theme when it comes to the employment picture. We thought about dead end jobs but that was too vague. We toyed with the idea the “death” of certain types of jobs but that was stretching the point a bit too thin. So, we settled on jobs involving death –hence the title.

However, we wanted to go beyond the pale, uh, we mean obvious. The top layer of death related jobs include things like forensic pathologists, morticians, crime scene investigators, etc. What fun are those? Instead, we looked at the more arcane opportunities that the death industry presents.

As we conducted our exhaustive research we found that tombstones spawned a number of possibilities. For example, many companies offer design and layout advice to families for how a grave marker could look. What of the stone itself? Not surprisingly, this portion of the industry is being taken over by machines. There are still opportunities for Stone Engravers but many tombstones are now etched by lasers. Still, someone has to operate that machine and that opens up possibilities for Stone Etchers. In some cases, Stone Carvers have the opportunities to sculpt a unique monument.

Akin to the wedding planning industry, there are opportunities to be a Funeral Celebrant. No, this is not someone hired to attend the event. Their function is to actually craft the event. They will spend hours with family members to get a full picture of the life of the deceased, craft the ceremony and the eulogy, pick the music, etc. and officiates the ceremony. This person helps reduce the stress on the family in times of grief.

Have you ever heard of a Death Doula, sometimes referred to as a Death Midwife? We hadn’t. Simply put, a Death Doula is a life coach for the dying. Their job is to ease the dying process at the time of passage. They see to the spiritual needs of the person and can help in planning the funeral. If you want to know more about this as a career option, this is a good place to start:

Tradition is a big part of funeral ceremonies. One of the most iconic is the Jazz Funeral as often seen in New Orleans. It features a procession that includes a jazz band. Alas, most of us likely do not know a lot of jazz musicians, let alone full bands. Fortunately, as with just about everything in life, you can rent one for the occasion. These are also referred to as “second line” parades. These are quite involved and are better executed and planned by those with experience. Like these guys:

The funeral market is estimated to be worth over $20 billion annually in the US. That kind of revenue generates a wealth of career opportunities. And, ironically enough, if you are looking for long term security it is also an industry that will never, ahem, die.

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This article was written by: Steve Allan

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