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Deathcare Professionals

People's Memorial Association recognizes that the education provided by the funeral industry lacks diversity, training on various cultural practices around death and dying, and training to care for Black hair and skin. The following online courses are offered by Joél Simone Anthony, The Grave Woman, a licensed funeral director and sacred grief practitioner in Atlanta, Georgia. These courses are intended to support those working in deathcare, including but not limited to, funeral directors, death doulas, and hospice care providers.

Online Courses


If you relate in any way to the descriptions provided for each course, Joèl strongly encourages you to invest not only in yourself and career but also into the firms you will work with. Most importantly, taking one of these courses is an investment into the deceased and their families that you will serve.

Many of the courses are APFSP certified for Continued Education Credit. Class schedules are flexible and are hosted online for your convenience.


Mortuary School: Your Comprehensive Guide for Getting Started was designed and created for those who are curious, anxious, and perhaps even a little overwhelmed with what it requires to take the first step of faith towards becoming a licensed funeral director through enrolling in an educational program.

Self-Care for Death Care Professionals was created for those of you at any and all stages of education or professional careers who are experiencing burn out and unable to connect in a healthy and productive manner with yourselves and the world around you. You give so much of your time, energy, and essence (maybe too much) to everyone else and need help caring for yourself again.

How to Interview Like A Death Care Pro was specifically structured for those currently in the process of seeking employment in death care. Regardless of the career path you seek, the information provided in this course aims to prepare you to confidently communicate and secure a career that is fulfilling and rewarding on all levels.

You Finished Mortuary Now What is a straightforward and thought-provoking guide for those of you who have faced the fire, walked through, and secured your education but are unsure what's next.

Racism in Death Care: Confronting Bias, Ignorance and Prejudice created in collaboration with Anita Pollard Grant speaks directly to those of you who are ready and brave enough to lift the veil of silence and insensitivity regarding racial issues in our society and industry in efforts to better serve families and best care for deceased of all races.

Cultural Competency: Black Hair and Skin Care for Funeral Professionals is for everyone who is dedicated enough to our craft to recognize that proper cosmetic and desairiology care is a right for every deceased entrusted into our care.