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Dedicated, Highly Experienced & Licensed Funeral Director
Funeral Home Management ~ Grief Counseling ~ Embalming ~ Restorative Art
High-Profile Funerals ~ Public Speaking & Communication ~ Leadership ~ Prearrangements
Frequently speak at churches, senior centers, and schools to convey the importance of planning for an orderly conclusion of life.
Seasoned experience in all aspects of funeral services including arranging, directing, embalming, removals, transfers, pre-arranging, and administrative functions.
Highly skilled in the art of color, cosmetology, and reconstruction of accident victims; often requested by other funeral homes state-wide to assist in reconstruction of decedents.
Invited guest speaker at national conventions since 2010, delivering speeches on topics such as running a successful funeral home and effectively orchestrating high-profile funerals.
Committed to precision, accuracy, honesty, empathy, and sincerity.
Earned commendations by National Funeral Directors Association and National Funeral Directors and Morticians Associations as an effective leader and team player .
Proudly recognized as director of the only African American Female-Owned and Operated funeral home in New Jersey.
Whigham Funeral Home, Newark, NJ, 1972 to Present
Owner / Funeral Director
- Govern full-scope operations of family-owned business inclusive of administrative, regulatory, fiscal, quality, and client satisfaction elements.
Consistently demonstrate unparalleled compassion in responding to annual case volume of 400 calls per year.
Interview family members to clarify funeral preferences, prepare obituary notices, coordinate burial process with cemetery, and provide transportation for the deceased, mourners, and flowers between sites.
Delegate tasks to staff members to ensure seamless visitations and funeral services.
Featured in New York Times Business of Death and local newspaper in which writer declared Her style has been praised the world over and even caught the attention of a funeral director in Liberia, who wants her to train his staff .
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Personally selected by Cissy Houston to coordinate funeral and burial of celebrity singer, Whitney Houston.
Traveled to Egypt to learn unique methods of Egyptian art of embalming.
St. John's University, Staten Island, NY
B.S., Professional Studies
American Academy of Mortuary Science, New York, New York
Degree in Funeral Service
Recipient, The Thomas Quinn award denoting Most Outstanding Student
Volunteer, Central High School, Newark, NJ
Volunteer, Feeding the Homeless
Usher, St. James A.M.E. Church,
Member of Finance Committee, St. James A.M.E. Church
Commissioner to Mayor of Newark Honorable Raz Baraka
Member, National Funeral Directors Association
Member, National Funeral Directors & Morticians Association
Member, Essex, Hudson and Union Funeral Directors Association
Member, Garden State Funeral Directors Association
Member, Bethany Chapter #43 Order of Eastern Star P.H.A.
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