After spending seven years in the Navy, Ben left to pursue his education, receiving Bachelor’s degrees in both Natural Science and Psychology from Thomas Edison State University. After working as a social worker at a residential facility for handicapped children, Ben enrolled at Worsham College of Mortuary Science, graduating in 2011 and earning his Funeral Director and Embalmer License. After four years in the field, and earning his Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership, Ben continued his career in mortuary science as an instructor of embalming, chemistry, anatomy, restorative art, funeral directing, and funeral service history at two mortuary colleges. In addition to his teaching duties, and at Raven Plume Consulting, he is the co-author of the textbook Creating Natural Form: Restorative Art Theory and Application, the co-creator of the MorTraqr task tracking app, and host of The Funeral Science Podcast.
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Co-author Creating Natural Form: Restorative Art Theory and Application
Because of its black plumage, its eerie croaking call, and the fact that it prefers to eat the decaying flesh of already dead animals, the raven is often associated with death and bad luck. However, its symbolism is complex. As a talking bird, the raven also represents prophecy and insight.