Ranch Reflections are articles written by students who want to share their experiences, thoughts, and concerns. This is a great opportunity for students to branch out beyond traditional news stories.

Grace Sever – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- There are very few constants in this world, events that every single individual will experience. One of those is death.

As morbid as it seems, death is inevitable, it’s only a matter of when, where, and how.

But regardless of how daunting and frightening the idea of dying is, it doesn’t have to be a sad experience.

Death is not just a closed door of someone’s former life, but an open door to other possibilities. More exactly, it can lead to a bountiful career of a mortician or funeral director.

Being a mortician doesn’t sound like a prosperous job with many applications and opportunities, but it is. Few think about joining the field, and it is considerably overlooked, despite it being a career path that will never disappear or diminish in job opportunities.  There will always be people dying and there will always be a need for someone to care for the deceased and make the appropriate preparations to honor their life and respectfully lay them to rest.

For a variety of these reasons, along with a few others, I myself have come to the conclusion of becoming a mortician.

The process itself isn’t too difficult and requires an Associate in Science in mortuary science, a two-year college program, in which the art of embalming, cremation, and other restorative sciences are learned. With this knowledge the ability to prepare a dead body is mastered, preserving the image the individual had when they were living, perfect for open-casket funerals.

The concept of death is a fearful one that leaves many to put off any form of preparation in life, passing the baton of responsibility onto their next of kin. For this reason, I find it necessary for everyone to come to terms with death, to not fear it and to be able to preemptively plan out their own beautiful service, and to decide just what they want to happen to their remains.

It’s a tricky topic to discuss and come to terms with, but I am more than looking forward to walking individuals through these necessary steps to ensure that they aren’t scared and have everything they could ever want in a funeral.

I want to devote my life to being a mortician and funeral director, someone who can lend a helping hand to thoughtful people of morning families.

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