As we get older, death inevitably becomes a more common feature of our lives. Many of us will know someone close to us who has died and, in some way, will have felt the impact of those who work in the death industry.
Many people in our community have considered jobs like death doula, grief counsellor, funeral director, celebrant, or some other line of work associated with death.
To help demystify and talk about the death sector, we are delighted to have Poppy Mardall come and talk to us about:
Poppy Mardall, Founder of Poppy’s Funerals.
She set up Poppy’s in 2012 to offer people flexibility and transparency when planning a funeral. A woman in a male-dominated field, she helps grieving friends and relatives create a truly personal occasion by bringing up-to-date, ethical, and environmentally friendly practices to funerals in London.
Poppy’s previous career had been at auction house Sotheby’s, but it was her volunteer work with support charity Samaritans that inspired her to pursue a vocation supporting and serving people through difficult times in their lives.
Stories in the media had drawn Poppy’s attention to problems in the funeral care sector. She realised she could bring a new approach to an industry that had become dogged by bad practice. Instead of manipulative sales techniques, poor care for the dead, and an inflexible idea of what a funeral service should be, Poppy resolved to introduce fresh thinking to death care.
Poppy Mardall’s awards and appearances: