At Prout Funeral Home, we care deeply about our community, which is why we added our certified grief therapy dog, Morris V. Prout to our family and it is the impetus behind the Morris V. Prout Lecture Series, an ongoing series that centers on health, wellness and public safety.


MVP Lecture Series Part I: The Rule of St. Benedict

In our inaugural installment of the Morris V. Prout Lecture Series, we partnered with the Verona Clergy Council to present “The Rule of St. Benedict.” Held at the First Presbyterian Church in Verona, this discussion featured Rev. Jane Tomaine, an Episcopalian priest and author of St. Benedict’s Toolbox: The Nuts and Bolts of Everyday Benedictine Living and The Rule of Benedict: Christian Monastic Wisdom for Daily Living and Rev. Albert Holz, OSB, a Benedictine monk and Prior of the Newark Abbey in Newark, NJ. We explored how St. Benedict’s ancient wisdom transcends religion and can be applied to modern living to help us find balance and harmony in our lives. Thank you to everyone who came out and participated in this wonderfully uplifting afternoon!

MVP Lecture Series Part II: Tesla Crash Course for First Responders

Our second installment of the Morris V. Prout Lecture Series, the Tesla Crash Course, is born out of our commitment to public safety and sustainability. With the growing number of electric vehicles (EV’s) on the road, it is becoming more and more important for our first responders to be prepared for any scenario involving EV’s. That is why we are partnering with the Delaware Valley Tesla Owners Club, a 501(c)7 not for profit organization independent of Tesla, to offer Verona and Essex County area first responders an interactive course on what to do in the event of an accident involving an EV, free of charge.

This three-hour course will cover how to ID and operate a Tesla, relevant security features, ID high-voltage components and how to disable a HV battery, methods for occupant access and extraction, fire-fighting recommendations for Li-ion batteries, hand-off to 2nd responders and so much more! It includes lunch, presentation, Q&A, handouts, hands-on interaction with Tesla vehicles and is approved for three elective EMT CEU’s in NJ and 0.25 technical CEU’s from the NJ Div. of Fire Safety. Registration is required and restricted to area first responders; emails with the registration link will be sent to area agencies.


Connect with Morris V. Prout and Prout Funeral Home

Do you have an idea for a future installment of the Morris V. Prout Lecture Series? Want to learn more about Morris’s involvement in his community? Give us a call at 973-239-2060 or email us at for more information on community events. And don’t forget to follow Morris’s adventures on Facebook and Instagram @morrisvprout !