Fol­low­ing in the fam­ily foot­steps

Dubbo Photo News - - Dubbo Works - By NATALIE HOLMES

AF­TER un­der­tak­ing a de­gree in com­merce and a post-grad­u­ate cer­tifi­cate in pro­fes­sional le­gal stud­ies, Laura Carter has em­barked on qual­i­fi­ca­tions in em­balm­ing which will en­hance her role as a fu­neral di­rec­tor.

In con­ver­sa­tions with new peo­ple, the 24-yearold said they are of­ten sur­prised by her ca­reer choice as the man­ager of Shake­speare Funer­als.

“Usu­ally they say that it’s re­ally in­ter­est­ing,” she said.

“And I have to agree. No two days are the same. You never know what’s go­ing to hap­pen.”

Although she never

24-year-old Laura Carter ad­mits many peo­ple are sur­prised when she tells them she is a fu­neral di­rec­tor. PHOTO: WENDY MER­RICK/FILE knows what each day will bring, Miss Carter is more than fa­mil­iar with her sur­round­ings.

She knows about all as­pects of the busi­ness, from mak­ing fu­neral ar­range­ments to client re­la­tions – even stone­ma­sonry which she learned from a very young age.

“Mum and Dad bought Gil­gan­dra Funer­als when I was just 12 months old,” she told Dubbo Photo

“Be­fore I went to school, I was con­cret­ing!”

Miss Carter’s par­ents Paul and Barbara also own W Lar­combe and Son Funer­als, H Logue and Sons, Rus­sell Ever­ing­ham Funer­als and Gil­gan­dra Funer­als.

While she toyed with the idea of be­com­ing a pi­lot or a chef, her in­stinct was to fol­low in her fam­ily’s foot­steps.

“I al­ways thought that one day I would take over; that one day I would come back here.

“I have grown up do­ing it, it’s sec­ond na­ture. It was al­ways some­thing that I wanted to do. And study­ing em­balm­ing is re­ally in­ter­est­ing and will only widen what I can do.”

While Miss Carter ad­mits that be­ing a fu­neral di­rec­tor can be per­son­ally chal­leng­ing, it is also very up­lift­ing.

“It can be an emo­tion­ally dif­fi­cult in­dus­try. But that’s what makes it the most re­ward­ing, be­ing able to help fam­i­lies through the most dif­fi­cult time in their lives. And we do gen­uinely care about our clients.

“The lit­tlest thing you do can mean the most,” she said.

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