Why teacher swapped roles to be Harrogate funeral director in dramatic life change

A former music teacher has left the classroom behind to take his career in a new direction with an "incredibly rewarding role" -as a funeral director.

Thursday, 15th April 2021, 2:55 pm
Updated Thursday, 15th April 2021, 2:58 pm
David Moon has joined Harrogate-based Full Circle Funerals after spending a decade as a high school teacher.
David Moon has joined Harrogate-based Full Circle Funerals after spending a decade as a high school teacher.

David Moon has joined Harrogate-based Full Circle Funerals after spending a decade as a high school teacher in South West London.

Originally from Yorkshire, he moved back with his wife and two young children to be closer to family.

His life changed course when his sister spotted an advert in the window of the Skipton Road funeral directors.

“My sister knew that the part of my job I enjoyed most was having a positive impact on people’s lives, so although it might seem like a big change there are a lot of similarities between the two jobs,” recalls David.

“If you had told me last year that my next career move would be into the funeral industry, I would not have believed it, but it has turned out to be an incredibly rewarding role that enables me to provide care and support to others.”

David comes from a family of nurses and believes this has helped him deal with some of the more physical aspects of the job.

“Caring was all around me when I was growing up and that’s given me a good grounding and an understanding of the need to be gentle and thoughtful when carrying out my work,” he explains.

Despite this, he admits to having had doubts about the shift in career.

“I’ve faced challenging situations as a teacher and supported students and families through difficult conversations but I did wonder if I would know the right things to say to people who have been recently bereaved,” he says.

“I now realise it’s all about trusting myself to navigate those conversations and my past experiences in school have proved to be very helpful.”

As a high school teacher and head of performing arts, David gained an understanding of how powerful music can be as a means of self-expression.

“I supported students to compose their own music and the lyrics were often very personal and sometimes quite dark as they channelled their emotions through music,” he recalls.

“I felt extremely privileged to have shared in some of the most significant moments in the lives of the young people I have taught.”

David believes his knowledge and love of music may come in useful in the future as he develops his role with Full Circle.

“I am no stranger to organising and facilitating community events and concerts and should a family have a strong interest in how music is incorporated into the funeral, I am confident I can enable them to make positive and meaningful choices,” he says.

“Changing careers can feel really daunting but I would really encourage people to consider it. It is wonderful to have the opportunity to bring everything that you have learnt and experienced and apply it to a new profession – especially one as fulfilling as funeral care.”

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