Florida's poor economy is breathing new life into the study of death.
At Miami Dade College's north campus, home of the only accredited funeral service program in South Florida, enrollment has surged 30 percent in the past three years. Students say their focus is on providing more caring, cost-effective and high-tech experiences for the bereaved.
"I really like working with people, and believe it or not, in the funeral industry, you work more with the living than the dead," said Arlene Folsom, 55, of Lake Worth, who enrolled after being laid off from a home goods company.
Funeral companies in South Florida have continued to hire, even though some have had to cut expenses because of changing demands.