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Kandice Jacobs, CEO of Kandice Jacobs Creations, Incorporated

Having successfully realized my goal of becoming a published author, and simultaneously launching a career as a keynote speaker/facilitator, four years ago I transitioned into a new field of continued service within the death care industry. Armed with the necessary skill-set of adept communication skills, assessment/action-planning skills, creativity and business acumen, I have been able to make meaningful contributions within the scope of this "calling."

Now, as a dually licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer, I consider it a great privilege to be able to hold hands, wipe eyes, and place my arms around sagging shoulders. I am humbled by the opportunities to lead, guide/or advise during the most challenging time in the life of families. It is an honor to receive an invitation into the lives of grieving families. I hold inviolate the sacred trust for confidential information, the care and final disposition of dearly beloved loved ones, as well as the specific discharge of a family's arrangement requests.

As a result of my experiences serving families over the past three years, I feel compelled to close the gap in community education regarding end-of-life care and end-of-life options regarding disposition & ceremony, thereby empowering individuals/families with the necessary tools to make important decisions prior to the advent of life-limiting illness or death; to facilitate community support systems for the bereaved; to foster more collaborave relationships between medical professionals and death care professionals; and to advocate for better training for mortuary students and higher quality employment opportunities for new license holders entering the profession. In addition, I remain passionate about educating young people on setting achievable goals. Thus, my professional motto is, "Healing hearts and changing lives through servant leadership!" 

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