SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Matthew R. Willis, director of Willis Funeral Home in Gallipolis, recently completed 41 hours of specialized embalming and reconstructive training at Fountain National Academy by attending the “Advanced Post Mortem Reconstructive Surgery Seminar.”
The seminar was conducted at the Fountain National Academy Training Facility in Springfield.
It focused on specialized techniques that advanced the skill level of the professional embalmer in the areas of general embalming and post-mortem reconstructive surgery. A professional embalmer is often called upon to prepare a deceased person that has severe traumatic injuries. Reconstructive techniques are sometimes necessary to achieve an acceptable and identifiable appearance to enable viewing of the deceased by family and friends.
Dedicated professional embalmers understand that performance of reconstructive surgery to achieve open casket viewing provides an important and powerful psychological benefit for the grieving family and friends.
Fountain National Academy’s world headquarters is based in Springfield, with representatives in Ireland and Australia. Instructor Vernie R. Fountain is internationally recognized for his expertise in this field. He states that Willis’ participation in the seminar is an expression of untiring devotion and dedication to the highest standards of embalming and post mortem reconstructive surgery care.
Additionally, Fountain said attendance in the course is an example of an “untiring dedication” to the profession of embalming.
“It is a commitment to the belief that there are many important psychological values for the family and friends that are associated with viewing and visitation of the body after death,” he said. “It exemplifies a desire to provide continued high quality professional care for the families served.”