26-year-old Alice Awuor Omito from Rongo, Migori County, Kenya, has shocked many after confessing that preparing the dead for burial is the one thing that makes her happy. .
The employee of Rosewood Funeral Home in Rongo said that she dropped out of nursing school after fears that she would not secure employment after school. .
The mortician began working as a morgue attendant at Star Mortuary in Kisumu two years ago, aged 24 before transferring to Rosewood in Rongo and says that she can’t imagine being away from the dead. .
“I enjoy spending a better part of my working days with the dead. I can’t imagine staying away from them even for a single working day. I have to go and look at the bodies stored in freezers daily,” she said. .
“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,” Awuor added. .
She narrated her journey to being a female in a male dominated field, adding that she has come to love her job, and would not substitute it for another. “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,” she says. The mother of one however disclosed the challenges that come with being a mortician, confessing that it has not been a smooth ride for her. “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,” says Awuor. .
She revealed why marriage would be her last thing: “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.”