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Friday, 24 February 2023

Discussing a Good Death and Racism with the Grave Woman, Joél Simone Maldonado


Jennifer’s conversation with the “Grave Woman”, Joél Simone Maldonado was enlightening because, despite all the talks on gender equality and racism in this modern society, there remains a pushback for women and black women in the funeral industry. Joél is a licensed mortician, funeral director, embalmer and who calls herself, ‘The Sacred Greek Practitioner’. Nowadays, her focus is in the practice of educating people, funeral industry professionals and students about cultural competency, racial inclusion, regardless of faith, race, age, or status. There were some technical difficulties during the recording of this episode but Jennifer thinks that there will be a sequel to the conversation; as Joél has a lot more to offer in the funeral industry.

"My experience as a black woman, I feel like I have the right to speak on those things and shed light on the lack of diversity in the industry.” - Joél

Little Nuggets of Gold: - How did she become "The Grave Woman"? (...What were the bizarre coincidences since childhood that manifest Joél being in this industry?) - Who is “The Grave Woman” and what does she do now, being part of the funeral industry? - What are Joél’s thoughts in educating the funeral community and the diversity within it? - Does she feel there is pushback for her, being a woman, and a black woman at that, when attending funeral conventions and conferences? - Are there some other people that come to mind who can be part of your Power Team?

Connect with Joél Simone Maldonado

Website Podcast - Death & Grief Talk with The Grave Woman® Instagram YouTube

Connect with Jennifer/The Glam Reaper:

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