Volunteers Needed for Annual Funeral Exercise at MHCC
Posted: January 23, 2013
The Town & Gown room at Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) will be filled with caskets, urns and similar items Feb. 19, for the college’s 17th annual Funeral Arrangements Exercise, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on the Gresham Campus, 26000 SE Stark Street.
Second-year students from the Funeral Service Education (FSE) program will work with volunteers from the college and community posing as bereaved family members to help them make funeral arrangements. Students will answer questions and discuss funeral service options, such as cremation versus burial, urn and casket selections and a range of other topics, including environmentally acceptable “green” burial.
Glenn Wright, graphic designer in the Office of College Advancement, has volunteered previously because he “wanted to know what kind of issues and questions I would have to consider in planning my own funeral or a funeral for someone whom I have lost.”
Terri Canfield, an instructor in the FSE program, says the exercise is helpful for both students and volunteers. “Students gain practical experience making funeral arrangements, and helping ‘bereaved’ family members through the process. For volunteers, the exercise allows them to consider a wide range of products and services associated with the arrangements made at the time of death. The experience helps to alleviate the stress and anxiety that comes with the real death of a loved one.”
Canfield adds that by taking an active role in the planning of your own funeral, you are helping yourself and your family in a very meaningful way.
The Funeral Arrangements Exercise is free and open to the public. If you would like to volunteer by making a funeral arrangement, please contact FSE student Alicia Montoya to schedule a one-hour appointment. She may be reached at 971-227-7274 (leave a voice message) or email@example.com. Refreshments will be served.
MHCC’s Funeral Service Education program is the only program of its kind in Oregon, and one of only three in the Pacific Northwest, and attracts students from all over the country. Graduates of the two-year program typically find careers in embalming, funeral direction and management. For more information on FSE, please visit mhcc.edu/funeralserviceeducation.
For more information, please contact the Office of College Advancement, 503-491-7204 or firstname.lastname@example.org.