WGW: Your business doesn't cater just to women. Why is it important to you to reach out to women through this magazine? BH: When I sit down with a family at the funeral home, the woman is often the decision maker surrounding a loss. She is the one honed into the details and understands the importance of celebrating and honoring a life that was lived. I want to make sure that those women know that we are there for them, that they see us as a part of their community and know that we are honored to serve them. WGW: What significant woman in your life has had the most impact on you and how/why? BH: My mother, Jacquelyn Pope Hightower, was one of the most significant women in my life, even though I lost her at a very early age. My momma taught me the meaning of respect and the feeling of unconditional love. While she is not here to see the fruits of her labor, she had an enormous impact on me during my formative years.
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WGW: Can you share a funny story you've encountered in your career? BH: Many years ago, we were in a procession to a cemetery in a neighboring county when our law enforcement escort got lost. We had to turn the funeral procession around in the middle of the highway. While I didn’t find it funny at the time, the family and I reminisced about it some years later and were able to laugh about it. WGW: Can you share a heartwarming story you’ve encountered in your career? BH: Several years ago, we buried a gentleman who had a grandson. Due to divorce in the family, the grandson had never been able to meet his grandfather. The grandson was able to travel from out of state for the visitation and funeral. We were able to let this grandson see his grandfather for the first and last time. This experience brought into perspective the meaning of what we do and the ritual behind caring for our dead. WGW: Can you tell us something about yourself that would surprise our readers? Something most
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