We had the good fortune of connecting with Monica Torres and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Monica, what’s the most important lesson your business/career has taught you?
The most important lesson being a Mortician has taught me is that time is precious. From one day to the next your life can be over. I have a completely different view of life……and death than most people. I choose to live each day like its my last.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Currently I manage the Cold Hands Death Education Studio in beautiful Tempe, Az which is 11 min drive from Sky Harbor International Airport, 15 min from Arizona State University “Go Devils!” and 20 min from downtown Scottsdale. We had our soft opening in Sept. 2022. My studio is a training and learning facility open to professionals for accredited embalming training and dark tourists who may have a morbid curiosity and want a hands on experience caring for their own loved ones after death.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If a friend comes to town, usually I will take them to a historic cemetery to take photos and picnic. Cemeteries are the most beautiful and peaceful backdrop for a picnic and for sharing real quality time with loved ones. I would pack a bottle of wine and a varietal charcuterie board with cozy blankets and pillows to relax on. If the picnic is at dusk I might even tell one of my spooky stories to add to the experience!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to give a shout out to my “Cold Hands Community”- the community I’ve built online across my social media platforms that includes my supporters and students. My community online has inspired me to create online death education programs that are accessible to people around the globe. Without their support and encouragement I would never have opened the Cold Hands Death Education Studio and Training Center in Tempe, AZ. My training center is open to the public and professionals who are looking for accredited death education and advanced technical skills. Future morticians and mortician hopefuls partake in my accelerated programs to help guide them toward a fulfilling career in mortuary science..
Other: IG is my main platform to follow!! Follow every Sunday where I share a new “Embalming Tip of the Week” Take classes with me online: https://www.nxtgenmortuarysupport.com/education/ Purchase my ebook: https://www.nxtgenmortuarysupport.com/product/embalming-tips-revealed-volume-1/