Samuel C. Perry (Sam) is an Illinois and Indiana licensed mortician. He has a bachelor’s degree in Mortuary Science and Funeral Service from Southern Illinois University- Carbondale and furthered his studies of funeral rites abroad in countries around the world such as Ghana, Japan, and India. Sam currently works as Faculty, an Anatomy Curator, and is working on his master of education degree. He is passionate about the environment and has volunteered with the Green Burial Council (GBC) since 2010. He considers himself an Eco-Thanatologist- a person who studies living and dying in relationship with the earth- and helped launch the Certificate of Proficiency in Green Funeral Service pilot program here at Mid-America in partnership with the Green Burial Council.