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Our Mission

Funeral directors are health care professionals who serve others during a time of loss, pain and grief. The Program of Mortuary Science's mission is to skillfully combine the study of behavioral, physical and applied sciences for the goal of preparing graduates for careers as knowledgeable, skilled and innovative funeral service professionals. Program graduates will be prepared to serve bereaved members of their communities in a manner that is proficient, dignified and caring.

Job Opportunites in Funeral Service

Part-time Night Attendants

O’Halloran and Murphy Funeral Homes

Funeral Director

Foreverence

Licensed Funeral Director or Intern

Horvath Funeral Service

Funeral Director or Apprentice

Bradley Funeral Home and Crematory

Staff Announcement

Giselle Wynia Appointed Teaching Specialist

Wynia photoWe are pleased to announce that Giselle Wynia has joined our Program faculty as Teaching Specialist, effective July 22.  Giselle began work for us last August, assisting with advising and clerical responsibilities while Student Adviser Robyn Meunier was on maternity leave.  Giselle continued on as a teaching assistant during fall and spring semesters (2016-2017), helping with classes in embalming and restorative art theory and lab.  Following a national search process, Giselle was selected by the search committee to fill an opening in the Program for a Teaching Specialist.  Her job responsibilities will now include teaching coursework in embalming, restorative art, and human anatomy theory and lab; performing student advising; and providing support for both Clinical Rotation education and clerical-related activities. Giselle is a licensed mortician and has worked in funeral service for the past decade.  Prior to earning her Bachelor of Science Degree in Mortuary Science in 2007 here at the University of Minnesota, she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Hamline University in Anthropology, with a minor in Criminal Justice and a Certificate in Forensic Sciences.  She is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Human Anatomy and Physiology Instruction.  Please join us in extending a very warm welcome to Giselle as she begins her teaching work for the Program this coming Fall.  Sincerely – Michael LuBrant, Program Director

 

 

 

Why Students Chose Mortuary Science

  • “I was a social worker in a hospital, doing grief counseling and after care. Then, when my father died, I experienced the funeral service profession from the other side. The experience was really positive and had a great impact on me, and I realized this is what I’d like to go back to school for.” —Colleen V.
  • “I was a social worker in a hospital, doing grief counseling and after care. Then, when my father died, I experienced the funeral service profession from the other side. The experience was really positive and had a great impact on me, and I realized this is what I’d like to go back to school for.” —Colleen V.
  • “The rewards of helping people made me select Mortuary Science. It is a great career—there are so many good aspects to it and it offers so many options. Also, my family is involved with the funeral business and someday I would like to own my business.” —Jeff H.
  • “I chose to major in Mortuary Science because I was interested in doing something in the medical field. I also learned about the funeral services industry because my boy friend's father owns a funeral home. The more I learned about it, the more I realized that death is as much a part of life as birth is, and this is a field I’d like to work in.” —Amanda S.
  • “I decided to get into the Program of Mortuary Science after I experienced a personal loss. I realized that I wanted to help people during the hardest time in their lives—when they had no idea what to do. It is very rewarding to do something good for people in a time like this. Also, more and more women are getting into this field; they seem well-suited because care-giving and compassion come naturally to them.” —Shannon H.
  • "I was a Biology teacher for fifteen years; then I decided I wanted to do something else. I am a people-oriented person and I felt that being in the funeral services industry was one way I could help people and provide a valuable service to society." —Andy J.