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Meet Elizabeth Karansky

Elizabeth Karansky is a Funeral Director and Co-Founder of Farewelling on a mission to shift perspectives on death and dying.

Name: Elizabeth Karansky

Occupation: Funeral Director & Co-Founder of Farewelling

Location: New York

Guilty Pleasure: Chocolate!

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5 questions for you...
1. What part of your job is most rewarding? 

I'm honored to help people give their loved ones meaningful sendoffs.

2. What was the moment that made you realize you wanted to do what you do now?

When I was 21, I planned my dad's funeral and made it a true celebration of his life- it was personalized, unique, and fun! At the "after party" friends and family uncomfortably expressed how much they truly enjoyed the funeral; they asked that if something were to happen to them, if I would plan theirs. In my clouded mind, this seemed like the silver lining to my father's death- I found my calling.

3. What could you spend all day talking about?

I could talk all day about unique funeral rituals around the world. I've always loved to travel and have been to over 50 countries. Learning about how a society handles their deceased not only combines my two passions but also is an amazing way to deeply understand a culture.

4. What is your favorite characteristic of your best friend?

Loyalty. 

5. What is the first thing you notice about a new employee?

Their energy. (After spending a lot of time on the West Coast, this hyper rational New Yorker now understands the  value of positive energy!)

What's in your desk?
glasses, lip gloss, water bottle

Miu Miu Glasses, Chanel Lip Gloss, S'well Water Bottle

What's your power outfit?
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The Mccarren Dress

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happy place
comfort food
occupation
laugh out loud