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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.

Attend A Panel Discussion

Topic:  How Celebrants Use Writing to Tell a Life Story

When: Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Where:  Moos Tower, 2-690

Personalized funeral services are often synonymous with funeral celebrants. Funeral celebrants craft and direct an indvidually-tailored funeral service that uniquely meets the needs of a family and honors the deceased. Crafting these services requires time, commitment, active listening and writing skills. This level of personalization may be both exciting and daunting to funeral directors.

In this panel discussion led by Angela Woosley, certified celebrants will share the creative ways they use writing to design and lead a personalized funeral service.

RSVP by Wednesday, March 1, 2017 to reserve your seat at this event!

To reserve a spot contact:
Robyn Meunier or Giselle Wynia
mortsci@umn.edu
612-624-6464

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Cost: $10 for practitoners, free for UMN Mortuary Science students
CEU: 1.5 CEU in Professional Practice
Hosted by: The University of Minnesota Program of Mortuary Science

 

 

 

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.

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