• Mt. Hood Community College Department of Funeral Service Education Invites Community to Take Part in Mock Funeral Services

    Gresham, Ore. — For an aspiring Funeral Services Director, one of the most heart-wrenching yet important moments is meeting with the grieving family members of the deceased to discuss last wishes and final arrangements for the funeral. To help prepare for this reality, the Mt. Hood Community College Department of Funeral Service Education will host its annual Mock Funeral Arrangements day in the Town and Gown room on Tuesday, February 16, and is seeking the public's participation in the event.

    For community members, it is a chance to learn more about the process of arranging for a funeral in a comfortable and supportive learning environment. This can be especially valuable for members of the public who may be caring for an elderly parent or a terminally ill family member and know that such arrangements may need to be made soon, and wish to prepare themselves ahead of time.

    For students, the event allows them to put their learned skills to work by meeting with the public and planning for a funeral, but without the grief that normally accompanies such a meeting.

    Funeral directors and funeral home managers are both in great demand, because of job security, reasonable salaries for the educational requirements, and an increasing need for managers as the baby boomer generation retires. As one of only two Funeral Service Education program providers in the Northwest, Mt. Hood graduates between 20 and 30 students every year in the field.

    Those interested in taking part are asked to call the Funeral Service Education department to secure a specific time slot on February 16 in advance of the actual event. Walk-ups are accepted as well, but there is no guarantee that a student will be available to meet without an advance appointment. Complimentary refreshments will be available throughout the day.

    To schedule a time, call Hayley Matson (360) 703-7180 or email mockarrangements2016@yahoo.com