Mock Funeral Arrangements, Feb. 22

Volunteers are needed to pose as bereaved family members

Posted: February 9, 2011

Remember Benjamin Franklin’s observation about death and taxes being the only certainties in life? Well, file this one under strong likelihood: Making funeral arrangements is one of those things most of us will probably find ourselves doing at least once in our lifetime. Sad, but true – however,  Mt. Hood Community College’s (MHCC) Funeral Service Education (FSE) program is offering its expertise to make the experience a little easier.

 The FSE will hold its 15th annual Funeral Arrangement Exercise, Feb. 22, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Town and Gown room on the MHCC Gresham Campus, 26000 S.E. Stark St. Second-year students will work with volunteers posing as bereaved family members to help them make mock 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 “green” burial.

 “This event provides FSE students with an opportunity to practice working with families,” says Terri Canfield, MHCC funeral service instructor. “It is also an opportunity for volunteers to experience the process of making funeral arrangements in a comfortable environment without the difficult emotions that accompany a real death.”

 This year, for the first time, students will also offer mock arrangements for pet memorialization.

Volunteers Needed 

This event is free and open to the public. Contact FSE student Sam Lang at or 503-489-8505 to schedule a one-hour appointment, or for more information. Refreshments will be served.

Individuals requiring accommodations due to a disability should contact the MHCC Disability Services Office at 503-491-6923 or 503-491-7670 (TDD). Please call at least two weeks prior to the event to ensure availability.

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