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Funeral Pro Chat Podcast #7: Gene Steele on Trade Embalming in New York City

Jan 30, 2015

ASD recently teamed up with Funeral writer and media consultant, Nancy Burban, to launch Funeral Pro Chat, an exciting new Podcast series for funeral directors. The series will feature directors and experts discussing the latest funeral trends, news and customs. This month, we are proud to feature Gene Steele, a trade embalmer and licensed funeral director working in New York City.

Gene began working in a funeral home at the age of 14. After graduating from McAllister in 2003, he went on become a trade embalmer, helping funeral homes in the city with embalming work, removals and conducting services. In this podcast interview, Gene sat down with Steven C. Turner to discuss his career in funeral service and the art of embalming.

Listen now to hear Gene’s conversation with Steven about his early experiences in funeral service, the day-to-day responsibilities of his job as well as the rewards and challenges of working in the city.

Funeral Pro Chat was created to inform and enlighten funeral professionals on a range of subjects that interest them. Each podcast consists of an interview with a specially selected guest who will offer insight on a particular topic. Every month, two podcasts will be released on They will also soon be available for download on iTunes.

To hear the first Funeral Pro Chat podcast featuring Caleb Wilde, click here. 

To hear the second Funeral Pro Chat podcast featuring Elleanor Davis Starks, click here. 

To hear the third Funeral Pro Chat podcast featuring Debra Fry, click here.
To hear the fourth Funeral Pro Chat podcast featuring Isaiah Owens, click here.
To hear the fifth Funeral Pro Chat podcast featuring Kevin Moran, click here.
To hear the sixth Funeral Pro Chat featuring John Beckwith, click here

To learn more about FuneralProChat, visit

Thanks for listening. Please leave us a comment and share your thoughts on the podcast with us.

About The Author

Jess Farren (Fowler)

Jess Farren (Fowler) is a Public Relations Specialist and Staff Writer who has been a part of the ASD team since 2003. Jess manages ASD’s company blog and has been published in several funeral trade magazines. She has written articles on a variety of subjects including communication, business planning, technology, marketing and funeral trends. You can contact Jess directly at

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