Written by Jason Newell in 1995 for his business plan loan
Since I was in high school, I have wanted to be a funeral director in my very own funeral home. The first step towards this dream was enrolling in a Mortuary Science Course at Rend Lake Community College. I took the class as a Junior while attending Waltonville High School in Waltonville, Illinois. The course reinforced my interest in the field. After graduating from high school in the spring of 1992, I enrolled in Mortuary Science at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. As part of my college training, I had the privilege of interning with Herr Funeral Home in Collinsville, Illinois
On August 5, 1994, I received my National Board Certificate from the Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards of the United States, Inc. In December of 1994, I was granted my degree of Associates in Applied Science and Funeral Service from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
As part of my Funeral Directing and Embalming license, I served as an apprentice for Huffman-Harker Funeral Home in Carbondale, Illinois and Crawshaw Funeral Home in Murphysboro, Illinois. After these apprenticeships as well as successful completion of case reports, I was granted the license from the Department of Professional Regulations in October 1995. The owners of both funeral homes have been gracious enough to allow me to continue working for them until I have the opportunity to start my own business.
Now that my training is complete, I strongly feel that I am ready to take the next step in accomplishing my goals and dreams. I also have a great deal of confidence in myself which has been reinforced by my peers and family.
I feel Mt. Vernon is the perfect place for me to open Newell Funeral Home…