We had the good fortune of connecting with Christie K. Moore and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christie K., we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I knew when I was 9 that I would help people for the rest of my life. Funeral service was introduced to me when I watched my great-grandmother’s embalming and later burial in 1988. Experiencing my family and their anticipatory grief provided an early introduction of how to cope with loss. In 1995, I told my parents I wanted to graduate from high school and go right into mortuary school. Knowing my strengths were Math and Science, they insisted I completed my bachelors degree as a foundation and then obtain my Associates in Applied Science for Embalming and Funeral Directing. During that time, the funeral service industry was dominated by men. Women such as Chandra Gerald Jennings and Sandra Clark, to name a few, were forging paths for girls like me to come after them.
What should our readers know about your business?
Ever since Mansfield Funeral Home opened our doors, we have approached life (and death) differently. While some just see the end of a loved one’s life as a time for grief and mourning, we prefer to think of it as a time for reflection, appreciation and even celebration. This is evident in everything we do, from the way we conduct our services to the amenities we choose to offer. We are a close-knit community dedicated to honoring, sharing and preserving the amazing and inspirational stories that are life.
We’ve learned a lot over many years. Such as how to present options without overwhelming and how to meet the needs of many caring parties. People come to us in difficult times, and we respond with kindness, calmness and expertise. Our goal is to create a beautiful occasion and make you feel welcome, always. We spend our days planning with families. We stay up to date with industry’s latest developments. We make hard times a little easier. Serving families has always been our focus. We take pride in being able to guide people through some of their most difficult days and we maintain a setting that allows people to find solace. Celebrating life is our mission. That’s never changed and never will.
It would be easy to say the road has been easy because I tend to take everything in stride. However, when I take an honest assessment of my life the road has had many twists and turns. The peaks and valleys have come from me learning that everyone does not have my best interest at heart. It wasn’t until recently that I learned that personal agendas are real. I have learned how to set my daily intention through yoga and intense meditation. This practice helps me get to the root of people’s intentions very quickly and then determine if moving forward with them works best for my overall purpose…Serving in the Spirit of EXCELLENCE.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I am all about supporting small business. So, our first spot would be my favorite hangout Kitchen+Cocktails for the best lamb chops and crab-cakes in the metroplex. Our next stop would be La Ventana for the best churros I’ve ever tasted. We would also have to make a stop at Manna Juice Bar in Mansfield, Tx for their famous “Road Runner”. Lastly, we would go to my favorite cigar lounge called the Smoking Jacket in Cedar Hill, TX.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I have had so many mentors along the way. Of course, all praises go to God for allowing me the opportunity to serve his people. My first cheerleaders were my parents. They placed me in an environment where success and successful people were always within reach. As young parents, they put aside the wants and needs for themselves so that I could have the very best of whatever I wanted or needed. Honestly, I have been very blessed to have so many positive influences, mentors and supporters in my life. To name them all and how they have impacted my life would make this article 20+ pages long. I am thankful to everyone that has supported and mentored me throughout the years. I will forever be grateful.