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Meet October's hostess: Jamie Sarche, Director of Pre-Planning with Feldman Mortuary

A brief description of your business.

I help people put their OWN funeral/memorial arrangements in place LONG before they need them.

How did you get into this business?

I’ve always been good at talking about hard stuff. When I was 26, a close friend got a terminal brain tumor and I discovered my comfort in talking about death. At 40, I started at Feldman Mortuary, Colorado’s oldest family owned funeral home.

What makes you passionate about what you do?

We live in a society that says, don’t talk about death, don’t think about death, don’t even say the word death. That’s NOT healthy. Aside from birth, death is the ONLY experience every human being will have…

What do you enjoy doing for fun?

Hiking, reading, movies, playing games.

Please check out this episode from the podcast "Best List Best Death" featuring Jamie. Really, if you have not heard her speak, you are missing out. She breaks the taboo around talking about death. She is engaging, frank, and extremely insightful.

Click the following link for other articles and webinars featuring Jamie, such as "Before the Mourning" & "Body Talk": Life is a Journey

Book recommendation by Jamie:

Edith and Ashley have been best friends for over forty-two years. They’ve shared the mundane and the momentous together: trick or treating and binge drinking; Gilligan’s Island reruns and REM concerts; hickeys and heartbreak; surprise Scottish wakes; marriages, infertility, and children.

But now the unthinkable has happened. Edi is dying of ovarian cancer and spending her last days at a hospice near Ash, who stumbles into heartbreak surrounded by her daughters, ex(ish) husband, dear friends, a poorly chosen lover (or two), and a rotating cast of beautifully, fleetingly human hospice characters. For anyone who’s ever lost a friend or had one. Get ready to laugh through your tears.

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