Ryan Essington, a full-time student at the Worsham College of Mortuary Science, expects to graduate in March 2018. Essington spent nearly 10 years working professionally in Christian ministry and currently works as a Student Funeral Assistant at Modell Funeral Home in Darien, IL.

“I selected funeral service as my career because I know that it will make an impact in the lives of people,” said Essington. “While some may consider life in funeral service somewhat dark and morbid, I believe it is a profession that celebrates the lives of people, honoring their dignity and memory even after death and offering hope to the living.”

After graduation, Essington hopes to continue working at Modell as an Apprentice Funeral Director.

“I look forward to utilizing my talents to help enhance Modell’s business model to include even more personalized service and to grow their clientele through my relationship  with the local church,” said Essington.