Phaedra Parks

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."

Photo: Splash News Online

  • http://www.sandrarose.com Django the God

    Her make-up had her at funeral homes.

  • Miany

    I actually would not mind the funeral business myself...There are not many places/occasions you can find/feel more love than during a funeral svc.

  • BKLYNS MAMA

    um... If ...you are a successful "celebrity" lawyer why...okay, nevermind Maybe I'm putting to much on the successful part, No?

  • AnonymousRose

    I had an interest in that as well, then I..................yes went to a funeral home with one of my great aunts that was a mortician, its really interesting, I don't know why I am not not a scientist or something, cause I really enjoy experimenting on things especially life and beyond, Weird I know..........I watch stuff like this on T.V I guess that's why I cant get into reality T.V, ...maybe I am weird.....lol

  • BKLYNS MAMA

    oh okay so while Phaedra was embalming bodies at night on the weekend....Apollo was out in dem streets and spending his fraudulent monies on dem strippers..or was it they money...mk

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    Phaedra keep those multiple streams of income.

  • http://www.nicolaloves.com/ NicolaLoves

    The funeral business would be a great place to launder money. You could sell non existent extras on paper with every funeral. Especially flowers.

  • Molly Church

    "God bless her. Somebody's gotta do it Lord know I couldn't. ?Dead bodies terrify me. I rarely go 2 funerals & When I have ,I refrain from viewing The body. If I do It mentally haunts me for Months.?

    My mother passed & I had this yearning 2 Kiss her. WHOA?. Felt like Cold Hard Clay. I hate Death?

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    Everybody has different interests. Lady who used to work for me did volunteer EMT after work hours, but told me her ultimate job was to work at a morgue. **shrugs** Whatever floats your boat. Somebody has to do it. Me, I'll just watch it on TV.

  • Molly Church

    Still can't get over a "Funeral Home saying on a show once, That business was slow but they were expecting it 2 pick up??

  • Locapoca

    As long as Apollo wasn't working up in there. He probably was supposed to be dressing the bodies but instead was robbing dead folks of they Rolexes and other precious jewels.... Then heading to the strip club and giving them to the dancers as gifts ??

  • It’s Taurus Season

    What happened to @ R.Williams who used to post here. Her family was in the biz. Hey. Folks manage to die. Get your coinage.

  • GTFOHWTBS

    When Krama comes she is going to get it tenfold. Nothing but a lair that got some folks fooled.

  • AnonymousRose

    lol

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    AND her Granddaddy did not play! *bams desk*

    :hi: RWilliams!

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    WHALE ok then :shrug:

  • It’s Taurus Season

    Board President at nonprofit I used to work for, is old yt preacher. I would try to schedule stuff with him, and he would be like nope. I can't do it that day. I'm going to have a funeral that day. Keeping that time blocked.

    Sir...WHAT? How the hell you know if someone gonna die 4 weeks from now, and have fune on a Tuesday at 2 pm?????

  • It’s Taurus Season

    Board President at nonprofit I used to work for, is old yt preacher. I would try to schedule stuff with him, and he would be like nope. I can't do it that day. I'm going to have a funeral that day. Keeping that time blocked.

    Sir...WHAT? How the hell you know if someone gonna die 4 weeks from now, and have fune on a Tuesday at 2 pm?????

  • Sucker Free

    They dont scare me...they are just bizarre looking...after embalming they look so different

  • Sucker Free

    They dont scare me...they are just bizarre looking...after embalming they look so different

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Scheduled :crying1:

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Scheduled :crying1:

  • Auditor

    Yup like claymations

  • Auditor

    Yup like claymations

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Didjew watch last night? :bounce:

    I like what's her face alittle more now :yes:

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Didjew watch last night? :bounce:

    I like what's her face alittle more now :yes:

  • Auditor

    My coworker's husband helps out the pathologists at the county after people die. She's always coming in with a story.

  • Auditor

    My coworker's husband helps out the pathologists at the county after people die. She's always coming in with a story.

  • Auditor

    Or drama lol

  • Auditor

    Or drama lol

  • It’s Taurus Season

    He would have to come in and sign checks etc. He is popular man at yt funes. "I always have funerals on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Those days arent good for me"

    I would be like whale ok???

  • It’s Taurus Season

    He would have to come in and sign checks etc. He is popular man at yt funes. "I always have funerals on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Those days arent good for me"

    I would be like whale ok???

  • Auditor

    My mom's friend said he always wanted to own a funeral home because those were the only Black folks he knew growing up that were wealthy in Miss.

  • Auditor

    My mom's friend said he always wanted to own a funeral home because those were the only Black folks he knew growing up that were wealthy in Miss.

  • E Love

    Maybe... :)

  • E Love

    Maybe... :)

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers
  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers
  • mzwhang90210

    There is noooo way I could embalm anyone...ESPECIALLY a relative :shudder:

    Hey...this reminds me of that time Chris Rock was doing a "Man on the Street" segment...and this woman owned a funeral home...& her adult son was a paramedic...Chris asked the woman "So do you ever get mad at your son & be like..'Why are you out here saving mfs...those could be my customers, you messing up my money!!.."
    ??????

  • mzwhang90210

    There is noooo way I could embalm anyone...ESPECIALLY a relative :shudder:

    Hey...this reminds me of that time Chris Rock was doing a "Man on the Street" segment...and this woman owned a funeral home...& her adult son was a paramedic...Chris asked the woman "So do you ever get mad at your son & be like..'Why are you out here saving mfs...those could be my customers, you messing up my money!!.."
    ??????

  • mzwhang90210

    Was that them on the back of our Sunday school fans?????

  • mzwhang90210

    Was that them on the back of our Sunday school fans?????

  • mzwhang90210

    :karate:
    :kiss:

  • mzwhang90210

    :karate:
    :kiss:

  • Futuredocdonte

    Parks said she takes funeral services personally. She embalmed her own grandmother’s body in 2012
    ----
    Nah son, nah ???

  • Futuredocdonte

    Parks said she takes funeral services personally. She embalmed her own grandmother’s body in 2012
    ----
    Nah son, nah ???

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    ...

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    ...

  • mzwhang90210

    Oan...Chile when Phaedra was impersonating Kenya ..and kept twirling && twirling...I almost died ?????

  • mzwhang90210

    Oan...Chile when Phaedra was impersonating Kenya ..and kept twirling && twirling...I almost died ?????

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    They poofed lol

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    They poofed lol

  • Auditor

    My aunt washed, dressed, did her mother's makeup/hair, and painted fingers/toes. Don't know if I could do it for mines though...

    She's half Asian though so could be a cultural thing...

  • Auditor

    My aunt washed, dressed, did her mother's makeup/hair, and painted fingers/toes. Don't know if I could do it for mines though...

    She's half Asian though so could be a cultural thing...

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    Bout to now. Will come back with my thoughts. If its Lindsay, NEVER!!

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    Bout to now. Will come back with my thoughts. If its Lindsay, NEVER!!

  • Dr.Rue

    She's a hard worker, I'll give her that.

    One profession is enough for me

  • Dr.Rue

    She's a hard worker, I'll give her that.

    One profession is enough for me

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I knew Phaedra's dead body loving a$$ was a Scorpio.
    Stay your a$$ away from me, and no I don't want to shake your hand.

  • Go Head With That

    Yep. The oldest funeral home in my home town was family owned. The last of the family, Ms Sheila died a couple of years ago and now other funeral homes have moved in. My dad dug graves for all of the funerals here at both white and black funeral homes. He had the market on lock for over 40 years.

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    Just watched!! I hope Burgess and Roman don't kick it. Voight will always be the MAN.

  • Auditor

    Lol hot mess #teamscorpio

    Gives you a hug and a kiss on the cheek #taurus lol

  • Keekz

    Who in the hell is hiring "Shady Pha Pha" as an attorney. I have friends and family members who are attorneys, and I must say they dont hv time for part-time jobs. Is she really practicing law? ?

  • Tiffany Earley

    Something does not sound right about becoming depressed and hanging around the dead... #demonicprescenceornah

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    No thanks hands that have touched the dead will never touch me.
    When my maternal grandfather passed over twenty years ago my mom (Halloween Scorpio) knew the funeral home owner and my dumb a$$ followed her to the back where my grandfather's corpse was.

    We watched old dude who worked there groom him and stuff. Then my mom touched his face and wanted me to touch him.
    I told her HELL 2 the no and got my a$$ up out of their post-haste.
    You Scorps can keep that dead stuff we Bulls love things that are alive.

  • Auditor

    Lol can't say I've never thought about being around dead people. Moreso people get on my damn nerves and dead folks don't say ish. But I feel you...lots of hands not gonna touch me...gynecologist, dentist, pathologist...list goes on...couldn't be married to none of em.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lisa.daniels.7311 Lisa Daniels

    Apollo is next,she going to have looking like a stuff turkey.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lisa.daniels.7311 Lisa Daniels

    It would be a good place to fake your death or do identity thief as well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lisa.daniels.7311 Lisa Daniels

    My grandma an em told back in the day that ambulance worked for the funeral home and one undertaker was one that you had to avoid because if you weren't dead, you would be after he got your body.

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Agreed!
    Wasn't she with that other detective before? Ho lol

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    I liked her after last night LOL

  • Mel

    Bless her heart I got offered a job last year I was gon take it till they explained to me I'll have to cross paths with the morgue at least three times a week to collect info chile I politely declined.

  • Prettybootnikki

    Please share what happens? I actually really would like to know what they do with the bodies during that time.

  • Auditor

    Lol pretty much

  • KB

    My Mom did/does this also. My Mom, Grandmother and two sisters enjoy employment in the medical field. Me, I can't do it. I feel like my uterus and stomach are falling out when I get around sickly people. I feel like I internalize their pain.

  • KB

    Boom!

  • KB

    Boom, Boom! ?

  • http://suzar.com/BOTW/BOTW-ch1d-pages7-8.html Staci Elle

    :( lol

  • Lovers & Friends

    You have a point. Other cultures do it for there love ones as well. I was told "we take care of our own." They refuse to let someone do their mother. Saying she brought us into this world and it is our duty to prepare her when she leaves this one. I respect that.

  • Lovers & Friends

    I touched and kissed my Aunt after she had been embalmed and never felt weird about it. When my father died (who I never had a relationship with) I touched his hand (because I felt I had never touched him before) but it kind of creeped me out.

  • Mister Fantastic

    What that mouf do though...

  • Luv Pitties

    #teamscorpiohere...I would do the corpse thing if I really had to but it isn't at the top of my list

  • Justforfun

    I'm a bull and I'm with you on that I had to go the morgue and view my mom one last time when I seen her all frozen I ran outta there so fast it was like somebody was chasing me the mortician was like ma'am are u ok do you want to sit down I was scared outta my mind so I'm with you on that I love live things for sure

  • scentsychick30

    ?a lawyer in the courtroom and a mortician?. I guess she gets her client the death sentence and can embalm them for their funeral?

  • Auditor

    Lol it's the dead ones that are coo...it's the live ones that try to hurt you.

  • Auditor

    You a Scorpio?

  • product of 79

    ??

  • product of 79

    Casket sharp ain't she ?

  • #Uploading

    Lying demon. It was apart of her scam she was running with her huzzzband to steal identities. Fake bish.

  • lexdiamonz

    BISH STOP lying !! "Pollo trying to steal them old dead people SSN's is what led your fake ass to hang out in fune-al homes...

  • Molly Church

    ??

  • Molly Church

    ??

  • Meme81

    Chile, not that you know anything about that, right? lol

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    Never. She and her boo get on my nerves.

  • free

    i was 6 when my grandma died and fugged up and opened a closed door at the funeral home. it was the casket room. i ran my azz all the way outside. my daddy had to come get me and i didn't go back in. i have NEVER touched a dead body and still don't like to go to funerals to this day. i don't go in (or will leave) when the casket is open.

  • free

    she embalms dogs and cats.

  • LeBrick James

    I think shes making more money from the Atlanta Housewives, than she is from her law clients.

  • millz

    Chile...

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I think the experience that made me hate dead bodies is when I was around your age and in the choir. When the made us march around to view the body the damn guy from the funeral home was so close to the casket that I almost fell over into it and I could see the old man's eyes had sunk into their sockets.

    I can see it now--almost 40 years later--just damn!!

  • ChocolateBeauty

    Typical response from a black dude

  • Fendi

    ???

  • Mister Fantastic

    Ok. I am fine with that. I can also ask, "What that credit report do?"

  • ReadingUfromTX

    Weird

  • free

    awwwww lawd!!!! first of all that's a damn shame making yall march but i can believe it. when i went to my first white funeral, i was surprised that they didn't even open the casket. i mean, i have seen some casket rocking, jumping in, "i'm going with you, mama" type shyt in the black community.

  • Guess Who

    Funny she's practicing law 5 days a week, embalming bodies at night YET, films RHOA between that but didn't want to pay Todd. SMDH at this frog faced, ugly broad.