Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Step into a Career with a Difference

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Step into a Career with a Difference

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Byline: LAURA LOVE @laura_love87

IT is a job that you probably won't hear many children mention to a careers adviser.

But while many might disregard the idea of becoming a funeral director, those who have chosen this career path say the job is rewarding and one that should not be dismissed.

So what does it take to be a funeral director? We have spoken to Jamie Thomson, owner of Rose Funerals in Middlesbrough and Stockton, to tell us just that.

Since he quit his offshore job several years ago, his company has gone from strength-tostrength - so much so that he recently expanded his business inside the former Balcony Hotel in Hardwick, Stockton.

Here he tells us exactly what being a funeral director is like. How did this all start? "I was working as a mechanical technician offshore but I wanted my own business.

"I started off by making headstones - my mate had a granite workshop and I started making them from there.

"Then one day someone said to me 'why don't you offer the full service' and it just grew from there."

What is a typical day for you? "No day is the same.

Jamie Funerals.", Myers, "After meeting with the relatives and finding out what type of funeral they want, the funeral arrangements need to be co-ordinated. At this stage, though, it is so important to ask the family about the person who has passed away, looking at some photos, getting to know them so that they can be remembered in a meaningful way and involvement from the family is key.

"There is paperwork to prepare and submit such as cremation/ burial forms, medical certificates and coroners' reports. We will then collect the families' loved one and bring them into our care.

"Within a funeral home, there are procedures that we carry out such as hygienic treatment and dressing of the families' loved one. Once we have taken care of them, we will then lay them to rest in our chapel. Families can then come to visit or alternatively on occasion have them resting at home with them before the day of the funeral.

"'Would you like a humanist, celebrant, priest for the service? …

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