For our latest #TalkDeath video, we sat down with Melissa, the Modern Mortician, and her grief-therapy dog Kermit! We asked you for questions, and we were overwhelmed by your response! From autopsy methodology to eco-friendly urns, we talked death and dying with Melissa for over an hour.

We are going to be slowly releasing different parts of our Q&A with Melissa in the coming weeks (because who wants to watch an hour long conversation that you’re not in). Subscribe to our YouTube channel, follow us on Instagram, or subscribe to our website via your favorite RSS reader to know when new videos drop!

The Modern Mortician and the Future of Funerals

Melissa is a first generation Funeral Director/Embalmer (ie: mortician). She has worked in death care for over 20 years and has been fully licensed in Texas for the past 5 years. On her website, Melissa writes that she is “passionate about empowering families to care for their own dead, and support home funerals and natural burial options, not just for humans, but their creature companions as well.” She is also a member of the National Home Funeral Alliance, as well as the Funeral Consumers Alliance, and a supportive member of The Order of the Good Death. 

Kermit the dog is the first certified therapy dog in Funeral Care in Texas. Both Kermit and Melissa are pet therapy team members with The Dog Alliance. Kermit has received National and World-Wide recognition with multiple articles and interviews about him. You can follow Melissa and Kermit on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

Meet the Modern Mortician – #TalkDeath Video Series

1. Wood Shavings in a body? A Guide to Eco-Friendly Autopsy


2. A Green Death When No Green-Burial Options Available?

Tricia Fife on Facebook asks: if no green burial options are available where I live, what are the most cost effective, and environmentally friendly options available? 

3. Why You Need to Start Funeral Pre-Planning (Especially the LGBTQ Community)

Brittany Speirs on Facebook: “I have natural burial written in my death plan (pre-plan), but need to be able to point my family in the right direction, what can I do?” Learn why everyone, especially people in the LGBTQ community, should pre-plan! Link to Appointment of Agent form: http://themodernmortician.com/resources/

4. Kermit the Grief Therapy Dog Visits Parkland, Florida


Kermit the Grief Therapy Dog Visits Parkland, Florida in the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Melissa shares her experience meeting students and first responders.



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