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Qualification in funeral services


90% of the funeral service sector in Europe consists of small and medium enterprises (SME's). This is one reason why there are very little structured education and training opportunities in this area.

Staff development takes place mainly through "learning by doing". Since this work area is still a big taboo subject, the very central aspect of psychological support and care of bereaved families is often underestimated.



The ANUBIS project responds to this urgent need for training and also tries using distance learning to overcome geographical boundaries.


Main tasks of the project

  • Research on careers and skills required in the funeral industry
  • Design and development of educational materials
  • multimedia processing towards a 360h tele-learning course which corresponds to the international standard SCORM specifications
  • Pilot courses in the partner countries


The Hafelekar Consultancy is mainly responsible for the baseline study, the pedagogical-didactic basic concept of the tele-learning courses, the curriculum and individual subject content. ANUBIS is funded by the Leonardo da Vinci program of the European Union.


Project duration
October 2004 to September 2006

Project partners
Asociación Funeraria de España - Spain
Desarrollo y Recursos, S.L. (DyR: Development and Resources) - Spain
Tempo - Training and Consulting - Ostrava (Czech Republic)
Sdruženi POHREBNICTVI - Ostrava (Czech Republic)
Trauerhilfe - funeral group in Austria - Innsbruck (Austria)




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This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.



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