Owner at Infini Uitvaartverzorging & Ritual Coach
Lucia Westerlink is an owner of 2 companies Your Facilities and Infini Uitvaartverzorging (Funeralcompany). She lost her job 4 years ago due to the crisis. It was so hard to find a new job. She did not even manage to be invited for a job interview. It gave her the feeling that she was labeled as Persona non grata. She is not the person who feels sorry for herself. If plan A doesn’t work she go work on plan B. Plan B was, finding something to fill up my day. Something that gave her energy. She would take everything does not matter if she got payed
or not. After a short research she found out that there was/is a lot of volunteer work to do but a short of volunteers. She decided to start at the church which she visited at that time, Cross roads International church. They welcomed she with open arms. They were so happy with her. At that moment she experienced the Light of Volunteering. It gave her back her self esteem. At that moment her life went up instead of down.
During that time she was in search of her roots. she did not get any information from her parents about her Indonesian background. The reason was Indonesia was a forbidden subject at home. So she decided to do her own research. She got in contact with Nusantara.
Nusantara organizes events for the generation Dutch East Indies, which happened to be her parents generation. In my 20 years of work experience as an executive secretary she gained a lot of experience in organizing events. So she helped Nusantara with organizing
there events. At these events she met a lot of people who wanted to share there stories. she was so happy with that. Most of her friends are above 60. My oldest friend is 92. At the end of her unemployment benefit period she still did not manage to find a job. Besides her
volunteer work she was busy with her study for funeral director. Having no work experience in the funeral industry, setting up a funeral company at that moment was no option. So she decided to set up her first company Your Facilities. Your Facilities facilitate in well you name it. Organize events, setting op administrations, coordination etc. Her plan was to do this work for the time being until she started her funeral company.
But she like her work for their Facilities so much. One of my clients is an elementary school for who she and my team coordinate the lunchbreak for 250 kids. She love this work. Kids give her energy. Furthermore due to her experience in her volunteer work at Nusantara. Families hire her to talk with there mother or father about there war trauma. Every Saturday morning she work In a hospice with people who are in the last stage of their life. This work is so thankful and gives me a lot of energy. She is often asked where she get the energy from, married, 2 kids and having 2 companies still have the energy and find time for her volunteer work. Her volunteer work gives her energy. Volunteering saved her life. If she did not experienced the Light in this work she do not know what was happened with her. She recommend everybody to schedule in volunteering. Even if it is only for 2 hours a week. Giving light is receiving light.