How 19-Year-Old Mortician Discovered She Wanted To Work on Dead Bodies at Age 13

How 19-Year-Old Mortician Discovered She Wanted To Work on Dead Bodies at Age 13

  • Nineteen-year-old Aaliya Campbell is a mortician who discovered her passion to attend to dead bodies at the age of 13
  • She was then a grade nine student at Mount Alvernia High School in St James, Jamaica, where she now lives her dream
  • Campbell makes herself available for funeral services and visits the mortuary to assist when she is called upon or misses attending to dead bodies

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At age 13, Aaliya Campbell discovered she had a passion to attend to the dead and never looked back despite her first traumatic experience with dead bodies.

Now, at 19, she finds honour in being the person who attends to the remains before their final internment.

In an interview with the Jamaica Observer West, Campbell disclosed that the idea to become a mortician came to her when she was a grade nine student at Mount Alvernia High School in St James, Jamaica.

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Aaliya Campbell
Photo of Aaliya Campbell. Source: Jamaica Observer West/Pulse Ghana
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Her first experience with dead bodies

Her mother supported her love for mortuary work and even helped her get a voluntary service at the Delapenha Funeral Home in Montego Bay for one month.

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Campbell's first traumatic experience could not deter her from pursuing her goal.

"I had never seen a dead body a day in my life, but when I came, I wasn’t scared. I was determined to give this a shot,'' she said.
''Everything went fine. But once I got home that evening, I was alone, and I was so traumatised.''

Despite the nerve-racking experience, she mustered the courage to finish the voluntary service.

Obtaining knowledge in the field

After voluntary service, her quest to establish herself as a mortician urged her to pursue an associate degree in funeral service and mortuary science at the Montego Bay Community College (MBCC).

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Now, Campbell renders funeral services and visits the mortuary to assist when she is called upon or misses attending to dead bodies.

The teenager has other plans on venturing into other career ventures.

I Earn Less Than GH¢1,000 - Korle Bu Mortuary Man Shares Ordeal in Emotional Video

YEN.com.gh previously reported that a mortuary attendant identified as Richard Tindani has decried his paltry monthly salary coupled with the poor working conditions at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.

The 52-year-old has been working as a mortuary attendant since 1989 but earns less than GH¢1,000 monthly.

In an interview with Godwin Asideba of GHOne TV, the senior mortuary worker admitted that life is difficult as he urged for an increment in wages.

Gloria Sarfo Lays Her Mum to Rest

Meanwhile, YEN.com.gh previously reported that actress Gloria Sarfo has laid her late mum to rest at the Akyem Osiem cemetery in Abuakwa North Municipality in the Eastern Region.

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The burial service for the late Madam Ophelia Yeboah took place on Saturday, April 30, at the Akyem Osiem Town Park.

She passed on February 11, at age 66, and the actress broke the news on Instagram. Gloria Sarfo did not reveal what caused her mother's death.

Source: YEN.com.gh

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