2016-05-11 “Interview with Makaila”

Makaila was sitting on the other side of the desk five years ago when I started to write Marc’s Musings and I asked her to interview me because I wondered what things a twelve year old wondered about funerals. Here’s our conversation:

Makaila: Why did you start being a funeral director?
Marc: I have always like helping people. The best part of being a funeral director is to be able to help people when they need it most.

Makaila: Who inspired you to be a funeral director?
Marc: Uncle Bert Hills, because that’s the first funeral that I remember, my sister Bev because after her funeral I wanted to change things, Uncle Clayton because it was at his funeral that I decided then to pursue my career and Pearl Graves because she left me the money that put me through school.

Makaila: At the end of the day, are you proud of yourself? And why?
Marc: Yes, I am. I give it my all. I try to do everything that I can to make the time that a family is here at the funeral home easier for them.

Makaila: If you weren’t a Funeral Director, what would you be?
Marc: I enjoyed being a Developmental Service Worker. I also thought about being a Nurse.

Makaila: If there’s one life lesson you’ve learned while you were a Funeral Director, what is it?
Marc: That everyone makes a contribution to the world, regardless of their age or anything else about them.

Makaila: If someone famous were to visit the funeral home, who would you hope it would be?
Marc: Opie Taylor (she didn’t get that one!)

Makaila: Is it hard to work in a business where people are crying and you have to try not to cry because you want to look professional?
Marc: I’ve cried with the best of them. You can’t have feelings and not cry.

And then I turned the table and asked her a question…

Marc: Do your friends ask you about the funeral home?
Makaila: They ask me why you do that.

Marc: What do you tell them?
Makaila: You should do what you love and I guess he loves being a Funeral Director!

Until next week,