Mortician shares particulars of working with lifeless folks on TikTok
She sees the dead every day.
A young undertaker went viral on TikTok, divulging macabre trade secrets and talking about the toughest parts of working with the dead.
Eileen Hollis grew up in Syracuse, New York and, according to People, lived above the family business Hollis Funeral Home. The 31-year-old followed in her father’s footsteps and studied corpse research.
During her four-year career, she has provided “over 1,000 services” to the dead, including embalming, cremation, hair, and makeup. Her straightforward conversations about death and the morbid details of her job – from the strange smells to the cables closing – made Hollis a TikTok sensation.
In a video, she walks her 410,000 followers through the embalming process while doing her morning skin care routine.
“Because my hands are so small, I have to reach into someone’s brain. So that was interesting, ”she brags about a facial serum that looks a lot like blood.
But Hollis claims the job isn’t as cruel as it is [people] think ”but can become difficult telling people that“ infant death is extremely difficult ”.
She also values the opportunity to destigmatize conversations about death, debunk myths, and educate people about their options. Viewers often have questions for them that range from curious – like “What happens if someone dies wearing contact lenses?” or “How do you make makeup look natural when the skin is stiff?” – too much more vividly – like “Is it true that you break people’s bones in order to position them in a coffin?” or “Where do tampons go and who takes them out?” – to which she likes to answer.
“You are not pathological,” she assured a follower who asked about the death of pregnant people. “It’s normal to be curious.”
Hollis’ bohemian look with her pink hair, tattooed skin and cat-eye glasses has been described as “unprofessional and disrespectful” by some in the industry who want to stick to tradition. However, working at work is just as important to their identity – and part of their roots.
“I love working with my father,” she says, is her favorite pastime as an undertaker. Hollis lives near her father’s funeral home, but plans to return to her family home from her “hobbit house” to eventually take over the business – a growing trend for young people taking over the funeral business.
In fact, Hollis isn’t the only TikTok undertaker as #DeathTok is a growing niche community of viewers fascinated by the macabre. Other young death pros have used the app to discuss the scary tricks of the trade, including @mybloodygalentine and @mortedeanubis.