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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