Mount Ida Alumnus Returns as Department Chair

As a Mount Ida student, Jeffrey Megna, M.Ed., respected his funeral service professors for their expertise in classroom labs and lectures. Now, as Department Chair, Funeral Service Programs, Megna feels like he has returned home again to give back to our college that trained and educated him for the funeral service industry.

Sharing practical experience

With over 30 years of practical experience, Megna has worked in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts as a licensed embalmer, funeral director, and certified funeral service practitioner. In addition, Megna taught high school biology and anatomy/physiology for many years before deciding to teach at the college level.

“I truly believe this profession, much like teaching, is an art,” stated Megna. “We honor the deceased and their family by the manner in which we serve them; with dignity and respect. Perhaps the most rewarding part is hearing the words ‘thank you’ from a family member and knowing that you truly made a difference in their life.”

Applying skills to career

As Department Chair, Megna is heavily involved with developing course curriculums, but his favorite class to teach has always been Anatomy and Physiology. Through learning about the human body’s complexity from cell, to tissue, to organ, to system, to organism, students understand how each body part works in conjunction with each other. In the classroom, Megna also stresses the importance of building interpersonal skills with qualities such as understanding, patience, concern, and dedication.

“Our profession is truly one of service; we see people at their most vulnerable time,” said Megna. “Families look to us for direction and guidance. We as funeral service professionals should feel honored and privileged when called upon to serve the needs of others.”