Communio supports next generation of funeral professionals

The funeral services industry has acknowledged the hard work of industry students at an event that Communio has helped sponsor.

The Funeral Service Training Trust of New Zealand (FSTT) organised an awards ceremony in Wellington for graduates of the WelTec 2018 New Zealand Diplomas in both Funeral Directing and Embalming.

Managing Director David Aro said Communio sponsored the event because it wants to support organisations and individuals working to enhance knowledge and improve skills in the funeral industry.

"We believe enhancing funeral care for New Zealanders is extremely important. Our sponsorship was about acknowledging the people working in this area," says Mr Aro.

"What I remember most from my time as a funeral director is the contact that I had with families. The interaction and care for people - both living and dead - is what matters. I know that this new generation of industry professionals will continue looking after families.

"We congratulate the award winners and all the graduates."

Communio's Clinical Manager Dr Dianne Ball attended the event and presented two awards.

She presented the Endeavour Award for the 2018 New Zealand Diploma in Embalming to Jivanni Adams, from Abraham's Funeral Home in New Plymouth. Ms Adams received the Endeavor Award for showing commitment and endeavour over and above what is ordinarily required to complete the programme.

The other award Dr Ball presented was to the Funeral Director graduate who achieved top marks in the Behavioural Science component of the 2018 New Zealand Diploma in Funeral Directing. The recipient was Anna Wolffram from Lychgate Funeral Home in Wellington.

The FSTT is the industry training organisation for funeral services. It develops the criteria for the national qualifications in funeral directing and embalming.