Christine Rouselle and Julie Ann Johnson join together for a conversation on the painful realities of planning a funeral and burying a loved one during the Covid-19 pandemic & the loving support needed to begin the healing process.
Christine is a native of Scarborough, Maine, but she reluctantly currently lives in Arlington, Virginia. She is a DC Correspondent for Catholic News Agency, and spends her workdays attempting to get comments from both members of the clergy and members of Congress. Christine graduated from Providence College in 2013 and is currently pursuing graduate school. In her spare time, she enjoys cross stitching and Irish dancing.
After losing her father during the COVID-19 pandemic, Christine authored the piece "Burying a Loved One During a Pandemic," recounting the immense difficulties - both practical and emotional - of planning a funeral and mourning your loved one during a pandemic.
Julie Ann became interested in funeral service after attending her first funeral when she was 9 years old. Years later, still feeling passionate about the business, Julie Ann started working calling hours & funerals while in high school.
Julie Ann joined the staff at A.T. Hutchins full time in 2012. With work experience in Boston, Washington, DC & the Greater Portland area; she brings over 35 years of experience in funeral service to the funeral home. Julie Ann is currently the General Manager of the funeral home and a licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer in both Massachusetts & Maine. She currently serves on the Board of the Maine Funeral Directors Association and served as President of the Maine Funeral Directors 2018-2019.
Since 1992, Julie Ann has supported the Center for Grieving Children; serving as a former greeter, facilitator & Board member. Julie Ann is an active member of the Italian Heritage Center, the Maine Irish Heritage Center, The Cumberland Club, a member of The Junior League of Portland, & volunteers at the Preble Street Resource Center.