25-Year-Old Pursues Career Goal To Become Funeral Director

Veronica Nifong is in Chapel Hill to learn the skills she needs for her chosen career, but she can't find those courses at the University of North Carolina. That's because she wants to be a funeral home director.

The 25-year-old Nifong is an intern at Walker's Funeral Home. She embalms bodies, comforts families, sells urns and caskets and drives the hearse.

Nifong says people tend to see her profession as borderline scary and gross, but she says that isn't the case. She says she got into the business to help others.

The Greensboro resident quit her job working in a hospital emergency room to start her journey toward becoming a licensed funeral home director.

She is a graduate of Fayetteville Technical Community College, the only college in North Carolina that offers a program in funeral direction.

She said her parents initially were displeased with her choice of careers, but Nifong says they've become more understanding.

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  • by Kelly Location: Jacksonville on Mar 16, 2008 at 01:51 PM
    My family owns three funeral homes. My dad and three uncles are all directors. It is a solid career choice
  • by unknown Location: Jamesville, N.C. on Mar 16, 2008 at 11:08 AM
    If this is what she wants to do with her life, I think she should be able to do this. Somebody has to be one, so why not her. I feel like her parents should appreciate that she has a goal in life, not like so many others kids in college, and be very proud of her.
  • by what... Location: anywhere on Mar 16, 2008 at 10:39 AM
    and your point is? tell me there is more to the story that you forgot to print. i just dont get it, whats the big deal?

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