A 26-year-old Kenyan lady, Alice Omito Awuor from Rongo, Migori County, says she cannot imagine being
away from the dead. The lady who shocked many after confessing that preparing the dead for burial is the one things that makes her happy, is an employee of Rosewood Funeral Home in Rongo. According to her, she dropped out of nursing school after fears that she would not secure employment after school. Spending time with dead bodies makes me happy – 26-year-old lady reveals.
She narrated her journey to being a female in a male dominated field. The mortuary attendant began working in the morgue at Star Mortuary in Kisumu two years ago, aged 24 before transferring to Rosewood in Rongo.
Spending time with dead bodies makes me happy – 26-year-old lady reveals
She added that she has come to love her job, and would not substitute it for another.
In her words: “I enjoy spending a better part of my working
days with the dead and I can’t imagine staying away from them even for a single working day. You know, I have to go and look at the bodies stored in freezers daily. I discontinued my studies in nursing and pursued mortuary science because of available job opportunities in the latter field. I don’t regret changing professions, not one bit.
“When I was new in this job I had fears and challenges handling the dead, but now I enjoy every bit of my work. I adapted so fast and I am comfortable,” the mother of one added.
She however disclosed the challenges that come with being a mortician, confessing that it has not been a smooth ride for her.
Awuor said, “My boyfriend recently dumped me when I told him that I work as a morgue attendant. Discrimination is just one of the several challenges I face for being a mortician. The challenges are normal though. No job is immune to challenges regardless its nature.
“Marriage would be the last thing on my mind because I fear my partner would dump me once he gets to know about my job. I don’t want to go through the same experience again,” the mortician added.