Friday, May 12, 2006

A Noble Undertaking

The New York State Funeral Directors Association has donated $40,000 to help mortuary science students hard hit in the aftermath of Katrina. Their press release explains:
Many students are displaced and face commutes of up to two hours each way in order to complete their education -- some even living in their cars due to the lack of available housing.
Now that sucks. What do you tell people you meet out at bars? "Yeah...I'm studying to work in a funeral home ---and right now I'm living out of my car." Good luck with that.

In the other hand, if you're sick of the media stuff and considering a career change, maybe this is for you. In New York, to become a funeral director you need 22 credit hours in mortuary arts and sciences and 22 in something called "funeral service education." If you already have some electives under your belt, you could get your degree in three semesters at Hudson Valley. Adds a whole new spin to burying the lead, doesn't it?