Batesville representative Bryan Lee is adding finishing touches to a cremation display that’s part of an updated selection room he envisioned for North Carolina’s only funeral service program at Fayetteville Technical Community College.
Wanting students to be better equipped to share the funeral service story with families, Bryan worked with school officials to offer a “real-world” view and transform the college’s basic selection room, which met only minimum funeral service education curriculum standards, into a space that encourages meaningful discussion on topics families value. The new selection room is designed to help students more clearly explain the arrangement process, explore product options and discover the significance of personalization. Bryan has created a comfortable learning environment where students can focus on explaining options, so it’s easier for families to make meaningful, informed decisions. “Families need to know the variety of options available, especially with cremation,” said Bryan. “It’s never been more critical to provide meaningful options for those who might settle for direct cremation simply because they don’t know what’s possible.”
Bryan’s commitment to the Fayetteville Tech program extends beyond product displays and signage. As a Batesville consultant in North Carolina for eight years, he recently accepted a position on the Department of Funeral Service Advisory Council, joining a group of industry professionals to help shape the curriculum and offer ideas to enrich the student experience. He also presents a merchandising class each semester. “I am really excited by the opportunity to work with the funeral service program,” he said, emphasizing how rewarding he finds it to be able to help lay the foundation and educate the next generation of funeral professionals. “This is something Batesville and the school can be proud of.”