Phaedra Parks Talks Mortuary Business

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.”

Interesting business to be in. What do you think? Comment below.

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Tina Cerami

Tina Cerami

Tina is from Chicago, Illinois and loves The Real Housewives. She's even met several of the ladies while traveling. This sweet Italian girl is currently a student, and loves to blog in her spare time.

  • DaysofWineandRoses

    I know someone in Atlanta who attended a funeral where Phaedra co-officiated (?), she said initially she didn’t even realize it was her as she walked past, but after she got further down the isle once she saw the size of the woman’s derriere she realized that it was indeed Ms. Parks, lol. All joking aside, though, she said that she did a good job. It’s nice to hear that Phaedra is starting off small, working with families that she has personal relationship with: back in the old days in the AA community, there was a time when the neighborhood mortician was an important figurehead, and like the local OBGYN/pediatrician who treated delivered & everyone’s babies, there would also be the neighborhood teachers who acted as informal guidance counselors for the kids in the neighborhood, everyone went to the same barber & beautician, there was definitely more of a sense of community and personal relationship. It’s a shame there’s not much of that kind of community togetherness these days.

  • Nancy

    This is America & she’s entitled 2expanding her horizons.If her bizz is legit& ppl R satisfied then I say,”more power2 her”! I’m out. Peace!