Working the unpredictable hours in the funeral profession makes it hard to plan out your week. Family events like dinners, birthdays, and even a quiet night at home can be quickly interrupted.
On top of that, people in the deathcare profession can get lonely, and are vastly misunderstood by many. It can be hard to relate to people or find someone to talk about everyday issues in the funeral profession. Does that sound familiar to you?
If it does, worry no more. Carla Valentine, a professional for the Barts Pathology Museum, took it upon herself to launch the first social networking and dating site solely for deathcare professionals. The site currently has more than 5,000 members.
In an interview with VICE, Valentine stated that she found inspiration for the site when she became frustrated trying to find people she could talk to about her work.
In the interview, she said “I wanted more friends in the same profession, not just my co-workers, and perhaps even a partner to talk to in the wee small hours of the night. When asked, ‘How was your day?’ I wanted to be able to say how it really was, safe in the knowledge that uttering sentences not usually uttered by ‘normal’ people wouldn’t send someone packing.”
Dead Meet follows the style of other niche dating sites, but it’s not only for dating. The site also is used as a professional networking tool.
Dead Meet regularly hosts group meet-ups around the world. The website helps professionals in deathcare find like-minded people, as well as learn and discuss new ideas.
The website also has been used by researchers or students aspiring to work in the deathcare profession. It’s a great resource for them to get any questions they have about working in the field answered.
What are your thoughts on the concept of a “death dating” site? In a culture where death is a taboo topic, it opens up a refreshing outlet for those who have found their calling. Let us know what you think in the comments below!