The Healing Obituary co-founder Kitty Sheehan writes, edits and teaches in New York’s Hudson Valley.
After writing obituaries for family and friends, Kitty understood the healing potential involved in the process, and her passion for sharing this experience was born.
Kitty’s essay on family grief, The Strongest Woman in the Room, was published in October 2018 on Longreads, and was cited by Harvard’s Neiman Storyboard as an example of unique and engaging storytelling.
Kitty’s essays also appear in the anthology My Body, My Words, edited by Loren Kleinman and Amye Archer, (Big Table Publishing, 2018), and the anthology Shades of Blue: Writers on Depression, Suicide, and Feeling Blue, edited by Amy Ferris, (Seal Press, 2015).
Kitty is a native Iowan, but when she discovered the Hudson Valley, she found home. She lives in Hurley, NY, with her husband, Mark Cuddy.
Co-founder Mark Cuddy started his career in funeral service at 9 years old, at Carson Funeral Home in Dayton, Iowa, where he tagged along with his older brother Dick, who was employed there.
After college, he returned to the business, as the eastern Iowa sales rep for Aurora Casket.
Mark moved to the east coast, where he was national sales rep for Tributes.com, introducing an obituary platform to funeral home websites.
In 2013, Mark accepted the position of Director of Membership and Development at Selected Independent Funeral Homes, and for the next seven years, he consulted with and learned from some of the best funeral homes in the US and worldwide.
Mark brings this wide range of experience to The Healing Obituary, offering customization and suggestions for seminars.
Mark lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with his wife, Kitty Sheehan.