Phaedra Parks said the sudden deaths of three close friends sparked her interest in working with the dead.
The Real Housewives of Atlanta star told Page Six depression and fear of dying led her to seek a better understanding of the funeral process.
“I went through a very terrible time about two years straight. My law partner died and two of my friends committed suicide,” she said. “I became so depressed that it sparked something in me, to really research and start hanging out at the funeral home, just to figure out the process.”
The celebrity lawyer decided to combine both professions — working at her law practice by day and embalming bodies at night.
“I practice law five days a week, and if I’m embalming a body, it’s usually overnight,” the 44-year-old mother-of-2 said. “It’s the quietest time of the night that you’re doing the embalming work.”
Parks said she takes funeral services personally. She embalmed her own grandmother’s body in 2012.
“The funeral business is really an overnight and weekend business,” Parks explained. “Saturday is the funeral day for people of color, usually. And of course, the courthouses and law firms are closed on Saturdays.”
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