'Preparing The Dead For Burial Makes Me Happy!' Confesses 26 Year Old Kenyan Female Mortuary Attendant

Piece by: Caren Nyota

Finding a job especially in third world countries is not easy. Many people are jobless and the few who are not employed, resort to odd jobs.

A Kenyan woman, Alice Owuor is one of the many women around who do odd jobs for a living. The 26-year-old is a mortuary attendant at Rosewood Funeral Home in Rongo, Migori County a job she started when she was aged 24. Such jobs are dominated by male workers but to Awuor, that doesn't matter.

Awuor's story is just the same as the young Nigerian man who confessed that he loves taking care of dead bodies and takes selfies with them but in her case, preparing them for burial is what makes her happy.

In an interview with e-Daily,  the single mother of one revealed that she is passionate about her work.

"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.


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," said Awuor. 

Many people are afraid of the dead and Alice says that she several challenges when she was still new but as the days passed by, she got used to her work and she likes it.

"When I was new to 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 told e-Daily.  

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Awuor also talked about being a single mother and how her boyfriend dumped her after he found out that she was a mortuary attendant.

"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."

She is scared of falling in love again fearing that she might get dumped again if her new partner finds out that she works in one of the most 'deadliest' fields feared by many especially in Africa where people associate the job with bad stereotypes.

"Marriage is the last thing I can think of because 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," concluded Awuor.