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Co-op’s youngest funeral director motivated to help families

One of Central England Co-op’s youngest funeral directors has revealed how the pursuit of a meaningful career saw him choose to help families at their time of need.

At just 27, Daniel Cheeseman currently oversees services out of not only the Central England Co-op Funeralcare branch, in Peterborough Road, Stanground, but also MJ Claypole, in Yaxley.

After studying English at university, Daniel decided to pursue a career in the funeral industry after his job search left him wanting to find something that would leave him able to ‘feel fulfilled’.

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Four years later he has risen through the ranks and is encouraging other young people to consider a job helping people say a perfect goodbye to their loved one.

He said: “I was looking at several different career options but I wanted a meaningful job, a job where I could go home and feel fulfilled. This was how I came to the funeral industry.

“I started off working part-time administrator in Stanground and jumped at the chance when a full-time position came about at our home in Fitzwilliam Street.

“I quickly progressed into the role of senior administrator and then became a funeral director.

“I always wanted to make a real difference for all the families we serve.

“From the very first funeral I arranged, to the one that I plan to do next, I approach all of them with the same level of care and respect.

“Helping families give their loved ones the send-off they deserve gives me a real sense of purpose and is the reason I have such a passion for this job.”

Daniel believes that more young people would benefit from a career like his and urged them to consider it as an option.

He said: “I think I am uniquely privileged to be part of an essential service to families and to be part of helping them say the perfect goodbye to a member of family they have lost.

“I would encourage others who want to make a difference to think about the funeral industry for a career – I feel lucky to do what I do and I think others would as well.”

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