I’ve been working in a largely woman-led industry--weddings--for many years. When I decided to point my designer’s eye toward the end-of-life planning sector, I looked for guidance and inspiration, and I was mesmerized by the book Advice for Future Corpses, by the brilliant Sallie Tisdale, a writer and hospice nurse.
In starting Farewelling, I knew that the whole milieu of funerals, and even estate planning, has been a man’s world for the better part of a century. Our funeral guru, Liz Karansky, has told me many times that even when she started working in the industry some twelve years ago, she had only a few women colleagues.
But things are changing. Enrollment by women at mortuary science schools is showing a marked increase. Many of the thought leaders in the space are women. And female-founded businesses are bubbling up across all categories, as evidenced by this fantastic article from Anna Jornlid at The Helm.
One of the most incredible things about my personal journey so far in building Farewelling is the brilliance, positivity, and resilience of so many of the women I’ve met. Sharing ideas, outlining possibilities, connecting our networks, thinking boldly and never taking no for an answer--I’m surrounded by inspiring women, on our team and on others, looking to transform how we think about, talk about, and plan for end-of-life issues with substance, style, and a modern perspective.
If you’re an innovative woman working in the deathcare field, we’d love to hear from you. Get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.