All-female team a first for funeral partners

Torbay Weekly

As International Women’s Day on 8 March celebrates women’s achievements, Funeral Partners is proud to present its first all-female funeral team.

For families in Devon, this is something unique which few funeral businesses can provide and is certainly testament to Funeral Partners’ long-standing commitment to inclusivity and modernisation. The funeral profession has significantly changed over the years with many females seeking a career and qualifications in the industry.

Sandra Murphy, Area Development Manager for the South-West, said: “In a traditionally male-dominated industry, I am proud to be able to promote my Devon area team and the service we can provide.

Sarah Lockton, Funeral Director for Torbay & District enjoys the opportunity to work within an all-female team. “It is exciting and an extremely valuable asset to Funeral Partners,” she said. “To be able to offer families, should they wish, for an all-women team to look after their loved ones, is a great option.

Kathryn Ross, Funeral Arranger/Embalmer for the South-West, added: “Being able to offer an exclusively female team is a gift, particularly in those sensitive cases where women may be seen to have a gentler disposition or if the family would prefer a female presence.”

Steph Womersley, Funeral Service Operative for the South-West moved from the care industry and is passionate about her role: “Caring for people through funerals is so important to me. The deceased person deserves the same dignity and respect as they had when they were alive.”

Jenny Brennand, Funeral Director for Maunders of Paignton, has been in the profession for 37 years. When she undertook the NAFD Diploma in Funeral Directing, she achieved the highest mark in the Yorkshire area and was the first female in Sheffield to gain the qualification.

Amanda James, Office Manager for the South-West, has worked for Funeral Partners for nearly six years and is currently close to completing a Diploma in Leadership and Management.

Jade Cross, Funeral Arranger for Maunders of Paignton, was a full-time mum to her three children and felt the funeral industry would allow her to transfer her skills and care to others.