The Frederick News-Post featured several graduates, current students and faculty of the Graduate School’s Thanatology program in its April/May edition of Real Frederick. The in-depth story covered the experiences and unique viewpoints of Kriste Hartman Kidd, Jacqui Kreh, Kathleen Hall, Bunny O’Dell and professor Terry Martin. It also recognizes Dr. Dana Cable for offering one of the first classes in the thanatology field at Hood. Read the full story.
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The Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) annual conference is being held at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel in downtown Baltimore April 24-26, 2014.
Hood faculty and current Thanatology graduate students will present at the conference, including Dr. Terry Martin, Dr. Elizabeth MacDougall, Breanne Carbaugh, and RaeAnne Wiseman. Dr. Rebecca Morse, graduate of the Thantatology master’s degree program and adjunct faculty member in the psychology department, is organizing an event for Hood College Thanatology alumni during the conference. Rebecca currently serves on the ADEC board of directors. The Graduate School will have an exhibit at the conference to spread the word about this dynamic graduate program.
Although a master’s degree isn’t required to be a funeral director, Jacqui Kreh wanted the added depth of understanding that an M.A. in Thanatology would provide. A 2010 graduate of the Hood College program, Jacqui believes that as a result of her education she is a “better communicator and listener, and more compassionate” in her role assisting two to three families a day as an at-need director with Stauffer Funeral Home, which operates six funeral homes in Maryland.
“At Hood, I had the distinct privilege of being in the last graduate class of Dr. Dana Cable, a pioneer in bringing death education to this area, in particular to higher education,” Jacqui said. In his honor, she has sponsored the Dana G. Cable Outstanding Thanatology Award, which is presented in May to a student nominated by the Thanatology program director and faculty.
Jacqui maintains strong ties with the Graduate School. As an adjunct faculty member, she teaches a one-credit seminar, “The Role of the Funeral Service in Today’s Society.” When her professional and family responsibilities allow, she envisions teaching more classes. In the meantime, she helps out at orientations and open houses for new students.