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  • Karen M. Wyatt

Modern Funeral and Burial Trends with Melissa Unfred

Learn how this modern mortician helps families have "green-er" burials and how her dog Kermit plays a role in her work.

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My guest Melissa Unfred is a "modern mortician" in Austin TX who is helping to transform the funeral industry in many ways. She will share how she serves families by guiding them in choosing more environmentally friendly burial options and helping them arrange home funerals for their loved ones, including pets. 

In this interview you will learn:

Why Melissa refers to herself as a "rogue funeral director in a stale industry"

The major problems in the funeral industry that Melissa is working to overcome

How her dog Kermit became a certified Therapy Dog in Funeral Care

The benefits provided to families by a therapy dog

How Melissa helps people deal with the death of their pets

Melissa Unfred is a first generation funeral director/embalmer in Austin TX who has worked in the funeral industry for nearly 20 years. She is passionate about empowering families to care for their own dead and supports home funerals and natural burial options for humans and their creature companions as well. In 2016 she partnered with a shelter rescue dog she named Kermit and the two went on to become the first Certified Therapy Team working in funeral service in Texas. Kermit has received national and international recognition for the comfort he provides to families who are dealing with the death of a loved one.

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