Help MHCC Students Gain Practical Experience Working with the Bereaved

Posted: January 23, 2014

Remember what Benjamin Franklin said about death and taxes being inevitable?

With regard to the former, Mt. Hood Community Colleges (MHCC) Funeral Service Education program wants to help people plan for the inevitable, either for themselves or for a loved one, and in the process, give FSE students practical experience working with the bereaved.

FSE student Adam Jones

The 18th annual Funeral Arrangements Exercise will be held 9 a.m. 4 p.m., Feb. 18 in the Town and Gown room on the Gresham Campus, 26000 S.E. Stark St. Second-year FSE students will work with volunteers to 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.

This event provides FSE students with an opportunity to practice working with families, says Terri Canfield, MHCC FSE 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.

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. By informing others about your plans, you ease the burden on the people who would be making the final arrangements for you.

FSE student Stephanie Brown

Volunteers Needed

The Funeral Arrangements Exercise is free and open to the public. If you would like to volunteer by making a mock funeral arrangement anytime between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., please contact FSE student Maximilian Bodzin to schedule a one-hour appointment. He may be reached at 503-431-9613 (text and phone) or at

Good Careers

MHCCs 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

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