Todd Wahlquist, funeral director at Bevis Funeral Home and Crematory, considers his career a “ministry of service.” It is a belief that shines through in his work with Tallahassee families during their darkest days. He approaches each family he meets with a level of nuanced empathy and support that is the pride of the Bevis community.
“Every family is different,” Todd said. “Everybody has different needs and expectations for their loved one to be handled and taken care of … you listen, you do those things for the family, make sure that those items, big and small, are taken care of down to the smallest detail.”
For Todd, who attended Florida State University and then completed his funeral service education in Birmingham, Alabama, helping local families through the toughest moments of their lives is fulfilling work.
Todd’s list of responsibilities as a funeral director are long, and he enjoys meeting and helping the clientele with any of their needs — from filing death certificates to going to homes and meeting with families.
He always ensures that he treats other people like he would want to be treated. “To be a light to those individuals who see nothing but darkness,” he says.
When asked to describe Bevis Funeral Home in three words, Todd chose compassion, tradition and expectations. “We help the family find closure,” he said. “The expectations of all staff members is to do whatever it takes to do what is best for the family. Period.”
He considers the most rewarding moment of his career at Bevis Funeral Home to be the treatment that his own family received after the passing of his father. The care and consideration he was given at that time were indistinguishable from that of any other client, he said.
This is how you know, Todd said, that Bevis Funeral Home treats everyone’s family like their own. “They did the same amount of work for me as anyone else. Everybody that walks in the door is treated the same, it doesn’t matter who they are,” he explained.
Todd has been married for 34 years, “to the same beautiful lady,” and has three children, one of whom is a sophomore at Brigham Young University, another who is pursuing a Phd in Massachusetts, and a daughter and son-in-law who live in Virginia.
His favorite thing to do outside of work is to spend time with his wife and children. “I am grateful for the opportunity to serve families in Tallahassee, it has been really fulfilling for our family,” Todd said.