The NAFD worked BBC Newsbeat journalist Ben Mundy, over several months, to create a documentary about young people entering the funeral profession and the realities of their job, caring for people that have died and their families.
The documentary follows the work of apprentices Ben and Ellie, both 17, who work for AW Lymn – the Family Funeral Service in Nottingham; Sam, 20, who works for Homeland International, part of CPJ Field in Sussex; and Luke, who has recently opened his own funeral business in Sheerness, Kent, at the age of 25.
The documentary looks at how they got into the profession, the kind of work they do and their aspirations for the future. It also shows one of Ellie’s colleagues receiving the news that she has successfully achieved the NAFD’s Diploma in Funeral Directing.
Ellie told the BBC: “It’s what I want to do for the rest of my life. I don’t think I’ll never find another job that you can show your true self in. I am a caring and empathetic person and I can use these qualities to help people. I think it is such a rewarding job and when somebody is so thankful for all you’ve done for them, I don’t think you get that feeling anywhere else.”
Click here to watch the programme.