Reconstruction course

words: Martin Jeffrey MBIE Dip FD

The William Purves Embalming Academy Post-Mortem Reconstruction course took place on 9 to 13 April at Edinburgh University Anatomy. Here, Martin Jeffrey MBIE Dip FD provides a report from the day

The William Purves Embalming Academy recently held a Post-Mortem Reconstruction course. Congratulations go to Rob Mifflin (Head of Mortuary Bequest Office, Oxford University), Pamela Murphy (M.B.I.E embalmer), Dianne Catterson (MBIE area embalmer with the Co-op) and Holly Wells (Anatomical Pathology Technician at Kings College Hospital) on completing one week’s training on cranial and facial reconstruction, soft tissue repair and air-brush cosmetics.

What a fantastic week it has been, such a pleasure to work with like-minded professionals, looking to make a difference and help families in times of tragedy.

You have all worked so hard, it has been a rollercoaster of emotions with fantastic results, well done to you all.

On a personal note, I would like to thank everyone involved in making this week possible, Iain Campbell, Laura Sheils and Professor Gordon Findlater from Edinburgh University.

Also a massive thanks to my colleagues at William Purves Funeral Directors for all their support.

And finally, not least the decedents whose living belief in the value of education have made this course possible.

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