Many recoil in horror at the thought of handling a dead body.
Others are intrigued by life in a mortuary.
When mortuary supervisor Josh Wallace and assistant Michelle Keevers inevitably turn to discussing work the response is usually divided.
"People either want to know more about it or they don't want to know anything about it," Mr Wallace said.
Together the pair has seen the bodies of children taken well before their time and people who have almost lived a century.
They've spent hours tending to the bodies of people who have died in their sleep and hours more on bodies that have undergone trauma.
Mr Wallace, who has worked at Tobin Brothers Funerals in Kingston for more than a decade, said the job involved washing and dressing the deceased, styling their hair and applying make-up. The pair also transfer bodies, drive hearses and conduct funerals.
The duo can spend anywhere between 45 minutes and six hours preparing a body for a funeral.
"We will not set a body up for reviewing unless we're totally happy with the way they look; you just work and work until you're happy," he said.
"They can come in in horrific states sometimes and when they go out they look fantastic and the family are so thankful."
Life in the mortuary is a world away from Mr Wallace's former job in childcare.
But he's always been more familiar with funeral homes than most. The family of one of his school friends runs its own.
For Ms Keevers, it was her own experience dealing with the death of a loved one that spurred her on.
"I was always curious as to what happened to people after they died," she said.
"After I lost my brother, my mother and my best friend, I didn't like what I saw. So i just went 'bam, that's it, I'm going to enter this industry and make sure people don't feel like I felt'."
Both Mr Wallace and Ms Keevers eased into their jobs relatively comfortably. It is the life stories, rather than the bodies, that can shake them a little from time to time.
"I can't say I've ever been affected emotionally, " Mr Wallace said, "but I'd say the hardest time I ever had was when my mum passed away.
"A few weeks later I'd be on a funeral and someone else's mother had passed away. You just listened to some of the words, that hits you."
Ms Keevers agreed: "If we get to go on the services, we've done the transfer, we've prepared the deceased and we're at their service, we learn about the person."
Mr Wallace said he couldn't get too emotionally attached to the job at hand.
"You can't sit there and dwell on it and think about it over and over otherwise you'd go mad," he said.
"I guess I know when I do die I'm going to be in good hands."