I was intrigued with death from an early age. My childhood neighbour, the renowned Dr. Dorothy Ley
(hospice movement pioneer) was a significant influence. In conjunction with Humber College of Applied
Arts and the distinguished firm Turner & Porter Funeral Directors Ltd, I became a Licensed Funeral Director
at the age of 21, way back in 1985.
I have worked for large and small funeral homes as a director, as an examination proctor for a funeral industry regulator, and have arranged hundreds of at need, as well as pre-need funerals. I've helped funeral homes build better relations with financial advisors and lawyers, and also taught financial advisors across Canada about the funeral industry so they could be a greater resource to their clients.
Having more recently obtained the Certificate in Estate & Trust Administration with STEP Canada,
and having worked as a supervisor at one of the largest mortuaries in North America, I have grown
increasingly compelled to share my insights. I've witnessed what most have not, and have an important message. Many more people need to properly plan ahead, while they have the opportunity to do so. Doing nothing is irresponsible, to say the least. We should be more accepting of our mortality, as there are numerous benefits.
I've been following the Death Positive Movement for many years and have recently written a book to
help others be much better prepared. I've even managed to add some humour. I think you'll be
impressed. It will soon be published with Friesen Press, and available across all major physical and electronic platforms.