Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science

Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science


I was always curious about a reunion! Is that something that happens? Or anything anyone would be interested in? 🙃❤️ miss you all
A growing family owned funeral home in Binghamton, NY has an opening for a resident. (Hopler & Eschbach Funeral Home)

A candidate for this position will become actively involved in all phases of funeral home operations - removals, preparations, assisting in arrangements and working services.

We are committed to creating a positive work environment for those on the path to licensure.

We have an excellent record of growth and serve a diverse clientele. There is a possibility of being hired as a licensee at the end of the one year residency.

We will entertain candidates ready to begin their residency or students reasonably near completion of their studies.

Contact: [email protected]
My dad died when I was just 15 years old. One of my strongest memories from that week after his death was going back and forth to the funeral home with my family and meeting with the director to make arrangements. She was extremely caring, went above and beyond for us, and was even able to make us laugh during a time when smiling was extremely hard. That always stuck with me after all of these years.

So, when the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science (PIMS) hired me to redesign their website, I was honored, knowing that they are creating future funeral directors like the one we worked with all those years ago. Morticians are unspoken caretakers, helping people through times of sorrow, and it takes a special individual to follow this path.

We launched earlier this month, and it's been great to be able to continue to work with this caring group of educators.

See the site in action: pims.edu
It is an honor to teach the future of the funeral service profession each day!
Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science reconstructive practice busts in booth display at National Funeral Directors Association Nashville convention.

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This week, I sit down with Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science instructor and retired forensics investigator, Kevin Drobish. Two years ago, I sat down with Kevin for our first conversation to talk all about the “why” and “how” he became a funeral director. That was EP 90 and up until this week, it has been my favorite episode out of all 181 previous podcasts I’ve done. This week, Kevin and I go for Round Two. I didn’t think I could like our conversation more than our first but boy was I wrong. This is a 3 HOUR episode covering a cornucopia of great topics. We talk about everything from hot peppers and hot sauce to Kevin donating his body to science SPECIFICALLY for Forensic Entomology Studies which is absolutely something you don’t want to miss. I am so excited to drop this episode. I hope you enjoy it!
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Over the last few years I’ve met so many great people. Each and everyone with a great story of their own. So, when people ask me my favorite episode of the podcast, it’s a really hard choice. However, I always seem to come back to Episode 90 with Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science instructor and retired forensics investigator, Kevin Drobish. It was my favorite conversation I’ve had to date. Until this week. This week, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Kevin, again, and it was everything I could have ever hoped for. If you ever thought about diving into the podcast, Kevin’s episode is always the first one I tell people to checkout. If you haven’t, go listen to EP 90 and learn about how Kevin got into working in death late in life. It’s a great warm up to the 3 hour episode I’m dropping with him this week. I’m so excited to put this one out. I know you’re going to love it as much as I did. Enjoy.

Attention PITTSBURGH and Surrounding Area *HEALING SCHOOL* Starting August 9th 2021 in ELIZABETH PA * COMPLETELY FREE

Healing School Starts Monday August 9th 2021 @ 6:30PM

Healing School will be for six evenings Monday August 9th - Saturday August 14th 2021

Plan to attend all six sessions, not one session will be the same!



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Maranda earned her GED last year and is nearly finished with her second semester at the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science! She is already working full-time in her field which helped her and her husband buy a house in January. Maranda is pictured here with her belated GED graduation gift bag from Literacy Pittsburgh and she is joined by her dog Meaty. Congratulations, Maranda!
Hello my name is Danielette Horton
I am currently looking for a roommate. I will be attending PIMS in the fall. Please message me if you know someone or you your self is looking for a roommate.
CONGRATULATIONS, COAL! 🎉❤️ We are celebrating GMHS senior Coal Reinwald today, who plans to attend the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science to pursue a career in mortuary science and after-death care. Coal's goal is to bring a "greener way of after-death care to our area." We are so excited for you, Coal! 🌟

Link to post: https://students.generalmclane.net/celebrating-the-gmhs-class-of-2021-coal-reinwald/
If any of your students from New York are looking for a residency or a licensed position, I have a great opportunity for the right candidate.

Hopler & Eschbach Funeral Home
Binghamton, NY

Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science (PIMS) is a non-profit educational institution offering bot Contact Admissions for more info! [email protected]

The Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science (PIMS) offers ABFSE accredited diploma and associate level programs in Funeral Directing and Embalming online and on-campus.

Operating as usual


Welcome to the PIMS Family Class 168!

This group of students started campus classes today AND we had a big online cohort start yesterday. It has been a BUSY week at PIMS but we are so happy to have all these new "future funeral directors" join the PIMS Fam.

Wish them all some luck below, and leave any positive advice or words of encouragement. 💚


Today is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This day was established to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King, and to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities.

We welcome Online Class 1059 who start today to the PIMS Family AND we can not wait to see everyone back on Campus tomorrow for a new term.

PIMS offices will be closed today in observance of this special day.


Graduation is a WEEK away!

Please join us in celebrating our “future funeral directors” on Friday, January 13th! 🥳💚🎓

Everyone is invited to attend and celebrate!

The ceremony will be professionally filmed, and available on our YouTube channel after the ceremony for anyone who can not make it in person.


⏰🥂💚 Wishing our PIMS Family the happiest New Year! 💚🥂⏰

May it be filled with new adventures and good fortunes. 🥳

PIMS offices are closed and will reopen on January 3rd.


What are you looking forward to most this year?

Screenshot the image and post your New Year Goals below! We will be over here cheering you on!! 🥳🥳


Wishing our PIMS Family a VERY Merry Christmas and Happiest of Holidays!

We hope you all get to spend time with family & friends and if you are working... get a day off from being on-call 😜


❄❄ Happy 1st Day of Winter PIMS Family! Is it snowing where you live? ❄❄

Our Campus & Online students are ALL on winter break (they earned it) and we will see them all again in January.

PIMS Offices will be closed: December 23rd to December 26th
Campus Term Stars: Tuesday, January 17th
Online Term Starts: Monday, January 16th


Mr. Ricci gets Pied!

Last week, the PIMS Student Senate hosted a pasta dinner night with a twist! The students got to purchase tickets and put them into the bucket of the faculty/staff member they wanted to see get pied! Aaaaaand we have a winner!....

Mr. Ricci was a great sport and got a big ol’ pie to the face. The students did a GREAT job and raised a lot of money to host future Senate events.

Head over to the PIMS TikTok to see some behind the scenes pie footage 🤩


The holidays have HIT at PIMS! 💚🎄❄️

This gorgeous 12-foot tree from Thomas Tree Sellers is dazzling in the PIMS front window. Some of our festive students stuck around to decorate and make PIMS spirits bright for the season.

We hope you are all staying warm this December 1st and if you are looking for some holiday things to do in the Pittsburgh area this month, check out: https://nextpittsburgh.com/events/10-pittsburgh-events-you-dont-want-to-miss-in-december-from-winter-heat-to-first-night/?fbclid=IwAR2Sk2DDCnXP53iV8k5BsGa5tI_5ygItgnByytqA2G_-t9b3QDbmDfEO4Vg


🥧🦃🍁 Happy Thanksgiving PIMS Family! 🍁🦃🥧

We are thankful for our wonderful faculty, staff, and ALL of our amazing students!!!

What are YOU thankful for this year? Let us know below…

*Please also note: PIMS offices will be closed today and reopen on Tuesday, November 29th so our students and staff have some time to spend with their families. 💚


Type "I Stuff my Turkey with..." then keep hitting the middle button on your phone until you get a sentence. 🦃

Post your funny answer below, and we will randomly pick a winner to send a PIMS sticker!


On Wednesday, November 16, 2022, the PFDA - Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association members: Executive Director, Kathy Ryan; President, Bruce Parthemore; and President-Elect, Michael Hacker presented a program to the PIMS Students on various subjects.

Mr. Parthemore fielded many questions about the association, how to join, and how it benefits its members. Mr. Hacker gave them great advice on how to secure a job, interviewing skills, and what an owner/manager is looking for in an employee. Mrs. Ryan spoke about the proposed FTC changes ahead and got the student’s views on some of these very timely topics.

Overall, it was a great seminar and really opened the eyes of the students to how the association operates and benefits its members. The students had non-stop questions that kept the PFDA members on their toes.
PIMS hopes to have them back every year.

In addition, the PFDA presented its annual scholarship to a very deserving PIMS student, Emily Gingrich. Congrats Emily!!


We appreciate all of the Veterans who serve and served our country. Your sacrifices and dedication are appreciated and felt by all of us daily. 🇺🇸

Make sure you thank a Veteran today! Happy Veteran’s Day from all of us at PIMS. 💚


We think it is safe to say that we are ALL over worked… over studied… over stressed!

Call the number below (it’s legit, the entire PIMS Staff called this morning. 😊) for a much needed pep-talk from kindergartners!

We could definitely use some sweetness today! 💚


🎃💀 Happy Halloween PIMS Family! 👻🍭

We hope you get lots of treats today! If you dressed up, post your costumes below we wanna see em!

A Tree of Life: The Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting | Official Trailer | HBO 10/27/2022

A Tree of Life: The Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting | Official Trailer | HBO

The events that took place in our community 4 years ago are still hard to process. Everyone at PIMS will forever hold the Tree of Life Synagogue in our hearts as we remember the day that the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in American history took place. 🕯🕊💚

HBO has just released a documentary on the tragic event that happened that day but focuses on our community as they work to rebuild and heal.

We encourage everyone to watch this beautiful trailer about such a tragic event, and if you have access to HBO Max the full documentary:

Donations can also be made directly to the Tree of Life Synagogue: https://www.treeoflifepgh.org/payment.php

A Tree of Life: The Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting | Official Trailer | HBO “We can change other people’s lives in a positive manner because that is what the victims would have wanted.” A Tree of Life: The Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooti...


We always get a kick out of seeing your PIMS Pumpkins so let's play again for National Pumpkin Day!

Screen shot the PIMS Pumpkin, close your eyes, and draw your BEST Jack-O-Lantern face! Post your masterpiece below and we will randomly pick a pumpkin to send a PIMS Sticker.

Post them by midnight tonight to be entered 🎃


Hey PIMS Students! Do you have your Halloween costume ready yet? 👻

What would you add to the bag? 🤔😝


Let's welcome DE Class 1058 who started their first day of online classes today!

You can tell from the image that we have a VERY big and diverse group starting.

Welcome them to the PIMS family below and leave them any kind words of advice! 💚


David Miller stopped in this week to award THREE of our students with his namesake scholarship!

Pictured here are campus recipients, Ashley and Marie with Mr. Miller himself.

Not pictured is online recipient Nakisha, who lives ALL the way in Georgia.

Congratulate them below, they all deserve it! 🎉💵💚

NFDA Blog | Maintaining Good Mental Health As A Funeral Director 10/10/2022

NFDA Blog | Maintaining Good Mental Health As A Funeral Director

Today is and taking care of your mental health is SO important! Especially working in the funeral service industry. 🧠

Go for a walk, chat with a friend, take a “me” day. What do YOU do to make sure you are living your life to the fullest and have a clear, healthy mind? Let us know below!

Check out this post from the NFDA for some ways you can keep your mental health in check:

NFDA Blog | Maintaining Good Mental Health As A Funeral Director Many funeral directors see their role as serving a greater purpose, some even iterating a modified proverb known as the Peter Parker principle, "With

Photos from Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science's post 10/07/2022

This time last Friday we were celebrating the grand opening of the new student lounge! 🎉💚

This was provided by Schoedinger Funeral and Cremation Service and dedicated Dean Emeritus, Dr. Joe Marsaglia.

In attendance for the ribbon cutting was Chairman of the PIMS Board, James Pinkerton, President and CEO, Gene Ogrodnik, Program Director, Dr. Barry Lease, other members of the PIMS Board of Directors and lots of faculty and staff! Dr. Joe’s Sister and brother-in-law made the drive from across the state to celebrate!

Students will enjoy the coffee house vibe of the new lounge. Make sure when you visit next you stop in and see it!

PIMS Vote for Best Things to Do In Pittsburgh This Fall - Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science 10/01/2022

PIMS Vote for Best Things to Do In Pittsburgh This Fall - Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science

It’s October 1st! NOW it officially feels like Fall amiright? 🍁🍂

Here are some of our FAVORITE things to do in the Pittsburgh area. Have fun!

PIMS Vote for Best Things to Do In Pittsburgh This Fall - Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science PIMS Vote for Best Things to Do In Pittsburgh This Fall by pims | Sep 23, 2022 | Uncategorized | 0 comments Oh my gourd, it’s our favorite season! Fall is a preferred season by many due to the chilly weather, beautiful scenery, and exciting fall activities. Like many other cities across the countr...


We had the BEST day celebrating our newest batch of “Future Funeral Directors” at the 165th commencement ceremony.

Our guest speaker was the Honorable, J. Fred Slater who gave an inspirational speech to our outgoing class entitled “M.T.C.” short for, Make Today Count! Not only did he share his words of wisdom with everyone in attendance, but he also brought some PIMS relics to show…

We wanted to share his “blasts form the PIMS past” with you! Pictured is his, 92nd commencement ceremony program, PIMS report card, and PIMS tuition for the entire year!

PIMS - 165th Commencement Ceremony Highlights 09/23/2022

PIMS - 165th Commencement Ceremony Highlights

It’s here! The video of the 165th Commencement Ceremony! 🥳💚

Enjoy this highlight video while we reminisce over the special day that we had celebrating our recent grads.

The full ceremony is also available on our YouTube channel so make sure you subscribe!

Special thank you to for the video.

PIMS - 165th Commencement Ceremony Highlights


Happy 1st day of Fall PIMS Family!

As the seasons change, we want to know… what are you MOST looking forward to this fall? 🤔

Drop an emoji below letting us know what your “Fall Favorite” is. 🧥🎃👻🍁☠️🏈

We will pick a participant to send a PIMS Sticker! 👻

HOME - Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science 09/19/2022

HOME - Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science

As American industries struggle to fill plentiful job vacancies in a tight labor market, there's at least one type of work where interest seems to be flourishing: funeral services!

Demand for this career is at an all time high with job placement of over 90%

We are currently enrolling for our Spring terms both Campus & Online if you are ready to join the PIMS Family and land a meaningful job in your community.

Click the link to find out more and apply: https://pims.edu/


HOME - Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science is your new resting place. Our programs are designed for those whose passion for caregiving goes beyond the grave; online and campus options available.


Today is a VERY special day at PIMS… Sydney’s Birthday!!!

If you see her today at PIMS or tomorrow while she is on her Downtown birthday adventure, give her ALL the pets and treats. 🥰🐾🎉

Send her some birthday love below, and she will pick someone to send a PIMS sticker as a thank you!

What happens next following the death of the Queen? 09/14/2022

What happens next following the death of the Queen?

As many continue to mourn the death of Queen Elizabeth II, the extensive preparations for her funeral are in full swing. This once-in-a-lifetime event is something that many will be paying attention to, especially those in funeral service!

Here is a day-by-day schedule of the events leading up to Her Majesty’s funeral on Monday, September 19th. Will you be watching?

What happens next following the death of the Queen? For years it's been known as London Bridge, and now the operation has been activated.


Everyone at PIMS remembers the lives lost on September 11, 2001, we pay tribute to the lives and legacies of all our fallen heroes as well. We also honor all the first and last responders who rushed in to help that day and the days thereafter.

This day will be a mark on the heart of our country forever, but we hope that everyone can find some peace today.


Introducing our Fall Class… Class #167! 💚

We welcomed this group of “Future Funeral Directors” to our PIMS family at orientation yesterday.

Say "hello" below and leave them some positive advice. If you attended PIMS, let us know your class number!...


Labor Day is meant to celebrate the American worker and give them a long weekend to relax! But… we all know funeral service workers rarely get downtime!

We hope EVERYONE finds some time this weekend to kick-back, refresh, and relax a little bit doing something you enjoy. ☀️

PIMS Campus will be closed today so our staff can do exactly that. We will see you all tomorrow!

Meet Sydney! Director of Love and Emotional Support for our Students 08/26/2022

Meet Sydney! Director of Love and Emotional Support for our Students

Happy National Dog Day! 🐶💚

Today is a day to celebrate the unconditional love and support our furry best friends give us.

Our fluffy gal Sydney has reported for duty and wants to show you what a day in her life at PIMS is like. Show her some love on her video and give her a treat next time you see her on campus!

Meet Sydney! Director of Love and Emotional Support for our Students We would like to introduce our newest staff member, Sydney!Position: Director of Love and Emotional Support for StudentsContact information:Simply call her n...


We have been getting a lot of questions about our upcoming commencement ceremony and wanted to share the details with you…

Please join us in celebrating our “future funeral directors” on Friday, September 9th! 🎉💚🎓

The ceremony will be professionally filmed, and available on our YouTube channel after the ceremony for anyone who can not make it in person.


PIMS Student Senate held a bake sale raising over $1100 to donate to the Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh! 💚

Shouting "THANK YOU" from the PIMS rooftops to anyone who purchased a baked good, donated, and especially to Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh for the tour of their facilities, letting us cuddle everything in site, and the honor of directly sponsoring the adoption of some of their available animals.

Check out their page and just maybe you will find a new furry best friend! 🐱🐶🐰


July 30th is It is no secret that we consider ourselves a family here at PIMS and lifelong friendships are always made. It’s been said that if you are friends with someone for over 7 years, that friendship will last a lifetime!

Tag your PIMS bestie below and we will pick a winner and send you BOTH PIMS stickers! 🫶💚


PIMS is hosting the Funeral Directors Association Crematory Certification Program on Friday, August 19th. As more and more states are requiring Crematory Operator Certification, this must-have certification is for EVERYONE offering cremation to the families that they serve. ⚱️💚

Click the link to find out more details on the seminar or to register via the NFDA: https://portal.nfda.org/Education/Calendar-of-Events/Meeting-Home-Page?meetingid=%7B10430EEC-7DA4-EC11-983F-0022482AD5AD%7D


Happy “H” Day, Pittsburgh!

PIMS is proud to be in Pittsburgh, but did you know that in 1891, in a federal attempt to unify the “burg’s,” the “H” was removed from the spelling of our city?

On this day in 1911, the “H” was reinstated after fighting for decades to get it back!

Click the link to apply and join our PittsburgH family! https://pims.edu/register/

6 Things You Didn't Know Were Invented By Funeral Directors 07/15/2022

6 Things You Didn't Know Were Invented By Funeral Directors

Did you know that when funeral directors aren’t busy directing funerals… some of them were the brains behind some pretty big inventions! 💡


6 Things You Didn't Know Were Invented By Funeral Directors ASD, the leading funeral home answering service recently compiled a list of 6 Innovations Revolutionized by Funeral Director Inventors.


PIMS tours are SO popular it can be hard to get everyone scheduled without waiting for months. We are now offering small group tours!

On select Fridays, you can briefly chat with admissions and get a quick tour of our facilities by one of our campus students (and maybe even Sydney!)

Click here to find out more and contact out admissions department for more information: https://pims.edu/contact/

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5808 Baum Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA

Opening Hours

Monday 7:30am - 4:45pm
Tuesday 7:30am - 4:45pm
Wednesday 7:30am - 4:45pm
Thursday 7:30am - 4:45pm
Friday 7:30am - 4:45pm

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