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Next Avenue: Women are taking over the funeral business

This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org.

Jan Smith was in the final semester of her training to be a funeral director when her 8-year-old nephew died after a heart transplant.

Her family’s heartbreak deepened her understanding of the value of the work she was preparing for.

“I was able to be an observer of how my profession can help a family with a traumatic experience like the loss of a young child. I saw what a difference we make with creating that meaningful last experience,” said Smith, of Indianapolis.

The business of caring for the dead and overseeing final goodbyes, long dominated by solemn men in dark suits, is becoming women’s work.

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