Dying is a social as well as physiological phenomenon. Each society characterizes and, consequently, treats death and dying in its own individual ways—ways that differ markedly. These particular patterns of death and dying engender modal cultural responses, and such institutionalized behavior has familiar, economical, educational, religious, and political implications. The Handbook of Death and Dying takes stock of the vast literature in the field.
Chapter 94: The Legal Regulation of Mortuary Science Education
The Legal Regulation of Mortuary Science Education
Throughout a 35-year career as a funeral director, I have informed countless numbers of people about my training and education. Furthermore, I have been asked thousands of times to articulate the requisite educational background that licensed funeral directors and embalmers need to fulfill the requirements for a career in this profession. The response is almost universally the same: “I did not know that! I just thought undertakers had the funeral home passed down to them from their fathers.” So it is with public knowledge of funeral service education, licensing, and internships. The purpose of this chapter is to inform readers about the development and history of mortuary education.
The History of Mortuary Education