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Inside the Story: A mortuary counselor brings work home in coffins

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Inside the Story: A mortuary counselor brings work home in coffins (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) Some people love their job so much, they take their work home with them. Wendy Green is one of them.

Green is a family service counselor at Lindquist Mortuary.

Her job is to help people during one of the most difficult and challenging times of their lives, a time when they have to bury a loved one.

While some couldn't image having to deal with death on a daily basis, Green is right at home in this kind of an atmosphere.

"It's so peaceful and it's essential; every single person is going to have to experience this in their lives," she said. "It's great to be there and help them with this process."

In fact, she's so comfortable with what she does, you could say she takes her work home with her.

Literally.

In a room filled with normal bedroom dressers, Green has actually turned a real casket into a book shelf.

"It holds a lot of books," she said.

While some may be freaked out about this, Green looks at it as a reminder of how precious life is.

"It's a peaceful feeling, and to me also it's that life is short and needs to be appreciated and that's something I like to be reminded of every day."

And that's not the end of it.

Green uses coffin ends for a headboard, and underneath her bed are two open caskets for a bed frame.

"They are so pretty and strong and they are made for peaceful rest," Green said. "It doesn't get better than that."

For Green, the fascination all started in 2009 when as a reporter for the Standard Examiner she wrote an article on a Lindquist funeral director.

"As soon as he started talking about what he did every day, it popped right in my head this is what I want to do," she said. "People need to know that this is an important profession that exists. You might not want to look at it, you may not want to think about it, but every single one of us in the entire world will deal with death."

And when it happens, Green says who better to deal with it than someone who embraces death.

"Every day is inspiring and energizing to me. It gets me out of bed in the morning, knowing I can do something that day to help someone and make a difference."

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