The Daily Dish caught up with RHOA star Phaedra Parks to talk about her other business that doesn’t involve being a lawyer… the mortuary business.
Parks decided to join the business because so many people that were close to her passed away. Since getting into the business it has really taken off for her, even working with celebrities.
“It’s going great. You know this has been a very interesting year because so many celebrities that I worked with have passed and I’ve had the opportunity to do their funerals and be a part of the planning process and just preparing their bodies,” she said. “It’s always a great testament to your work and professionalism when you get the personal call from someone’s parents saying, ‘Hey I want you to do the funeral. I want you to prepare the body. I want you to be apart of it. I want you to make sure that it’s right.’ And so while it’s unfortunate because it’s never a nice occasion to meet someone at the funeral home, it’s very comforting to me when people entrust me with that level of service and say ‘Hey, I know you’re gonna do the right thing for my loved ones.’ It’s bittersweet.”
Parks has learned in the business it isn’t just having to worry about dead people, you have to be very mindful of the grief the relatives and close ones are going through.
“Really the only funerals that I ever do are people that I love and people that I’m connected to,” she explained. “The majority of the funerals that I’m hands on with are people who I’ve either worked for [like] my clients’ parents, siblings, [or] clients actually. And so it’s important for me when it is someone that I know to give them the level of care and service. I’ll give it to everyone, but to make sure that not only there’s care during the process, but there’s after care because a lot of people think the funeral is the big event — and it is; it’s your last party — but it’s the after care when everybody’s gone and the people stop visiting that people really need the pep talks, the words of encouragement, the prayers.”
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