A change of pace

Jim Lee, principal funeral director, presenting Anne with her certificate.
Jim Lee, principal funeral director, presenting Anne with her certificate.

IT CAN be quite daunting when, in your 50s, you have to face up to a change in career.

But for Anne McBride, from Newton Mearns, there was a definite path she knew she would be comfortable with.

Anne (53) worked as a nurse for 33 years of her life but, due to needing surgery on her hands, she had to give up her position.

Some time before this, Anne had suffered the loss of her mother and she had found that the funeral arranger was so kind and helpful she thought that was the job for her.

And now the former nurse has gained her Level 3 BTEC Advanced Diploma in Funeral Arranging and Administration.

Anne has spent the last two years working for the Co-operative Funeralcare, based in Morrison Street on the southside.

Speaking of how her surgery made her re-evaluate her career, Anne said: “Sadly, my mum passed away shortly before this happened and the lady I dealt with when making the funeral arrangements made a huge impression on me due to her professionalism and kind, caring manner.

“I felt that funeral arranging was a really worthwhile job and something I would really like to do.

“One of the most worthwhile parts of the job is being able to help people in their time of need: hopefully making a difficult time a little easier for them.

“I really enjoy my work and have settled well into my role and the team at the Co-operative Funeralcare.”