WOODBURY — Floral students in Nonnewaug High School’s agriscience program spent this week designing and creating arrangements for a mock funeral.
Teacher Eric Birkenberger said it gives students hands-on experience in how a florist might operate while preparing for a funeral.
As part of the activity for the program’s sympathy and funeral unit, students were given a fake obituary for a “Mrs. Bella Donna.” They were tasked with pulling certain information from the obituary, such as the person’s interests and hobbies, heritage and military background, to create the most appropriate floral arrangements.
The flowers were then placed alongside a casket that was loaned to the school by Munson-Lovetere Funeral Home of Woodbury.
Birkenberger noted funerals can represent as much as 50% of a florist’s business. Students were assisted by Stephanie Fusco of Terry’s Flower Shop in Naugatuck and Justine Ramsey of Floral Designs by Justine in Bethlehem.
Birkenberger said he holds the mock funeral every other year as part of a rotating curriculum that also includes a mock wedding.