Ask A Funeral Professional: Kellie Hoodiman

I took care of a lady whose husband passed away. Family members fought against her cremation choice. She and I got very close. 8 years later, as a notary, I married her and her new husband.

Kellie Hoodiman

Pompano Beach, FL | Read More Stories Like This


About the Ask A Funeral Professional Series

If you ask a classroom full of kindergarteners what they want to be when they grow up, you will get some interesting answers. The children are likely to explain that they hope to one day be astronauts, doctors, football players, or singers. The responses will probably be just as unique as each individual child answering the question.

However, one response you’re unlikely to hear is: “I want to be a funeral professional”. This begs the question - why do people become funeral professionals? In a job that is both physically and emotionally demanding, who would want to take on this career full time?

We asked our funeral professionals how they came into the deathcare industry. We were shocked by many of their responses.

The job appears on the surface to be so full of sadness, but in reality we found that our funeral professionals have chosen this profession because they are selfless caregivers who want to effectively help people during their darkest times. Many form lifelong friendships with the family members they serve. The stories in this series demonstrate how funeral professionals are unsung heroes, caring for people each day.

Above is just one of their stories, from Kellie Hoodiman of Pompano Beach, FL.

For more stories like this please see our Ask A Funeral Professional Series