In the city of Newport in Wales, a 15-year-old schoolgirl is about to pass from a world of classrooms to one of caskets and coffins – dealing with death on a daily basis.
This revealing documentary – which airs tonight on BBC3 at 9pm – follows Rachael Ryan as she turns 16 and becomes Britain’s youngest female undertaker.
Dad Mike runs the family firm and hopes one day to pass the business on to Rachael and her sister Louise. Can Rachael be sure that a life of death is her destiny?
Click ‘Read more’ to learn more about the Ryan family, and to see two sneak peek clips from tonight’s show.
Louise is Rachael’s older sister. She’s twenty two and used to work in banking before she joined the family firm. Now she lives above the funeral parlour and also runs her own business which supplies memorial stones. She has a little white Bichon Frise dog called Casper.
Michael was born and bred in Newport. He always wanted to be funeral director and started his business fourteen years ago. Mike loves serving the needs of the bereaved in his local community. He says being a funeral director is a 24/7 job. To relax Mike watches the Newport Wasps speedway team and is a champion skittles player at the Bettws social club.
Rachael is Britain’s youngest undertaker. She turned sixteen this year and became a director of the firm. This summer she has been learning every aspect of the funeral trade from helping to organise funerals, being present at an embalming and dressing the deceased. Outside work Rachael likes seeing her friends, singing, riding horses and going out on her new yellow moped. She has a little white Bichon Frise dog called Tinkerbell.
Here are two preview clips from tonight’s show…