There is nothing more rewarding than creating peace and order from turmoil and chaos.


The course is a true experience! Set aside any pre-conceptions you may have about the difficulties of severe trauma cases and let expert tutors Martin and Ross turn your apprehensions into exciting challenges. The course is intense… yes, 5 days in which comfy shoes are a must BUT you will gain, as I did, so many new skills to compliment your existing set.

The journey you will take from day 1 to day 5 will be a roller coaster, moments of surprise, puzzlement and great feelings of satisfaction, sprinkle in a few frustrations but with expert guidance at hand you’ll have your confidence boosted to levels you didn’t think you could reach.

At this time, such courses are few and far between, this being the first of its kind in the United Kingdom. The collaboration between Martin and Ross on behalf of the William Purves Embalming Academy and Iain and the team at the Old Medical School, Edinburgh has fused a course that will excite, educate and empower embalmers to reach a new echelon of professional expertise.

On a personal note I would like to thank everyone involved in making the week happen, behind the scenes and at the fore, not least the decedents whose living belief in the value of education have made courses like this possible.

Andy Floyd B.Sc.(Hons), M.B.I.E., B.I.E. Tutor

When I was approached to attend this course I was sceptical and had many questions surrounding the practicality of completing reconstruction techniques within the anatomy school. On Monday we were introduced to Iain and Gordon at the anatomy school, it was evident immediately of the pride and care they have in their work,an overview was given of what we were expected to achieve by Friday and my initial thoughts were…is this really achievable.

By Tuesday my reservations were gone, Martin and Ross both deliver clear and concise direction in an informal manner, there was no pressure, just reassurance and guidance.

I feel better equipped to serve families and I know that I can count on Martin and Ross for support in any reconstruction I may complete in the future.

It was an honour to complete this course in such prestigious surroundings with likeminded colleagues who wish to enable families to say that last goodbye, a chance that perhaps previously may have been denied to them.

Milissa j Wilson M.B.I.E., M.E.A.E., B.I.E Accredited Tutor

It was an absolute privilege having the opportunity to attend the reconstruction course. The patience and meticulous care you both take in teaching reflects your professionalism, passion and dedication to what you do. The course was well paced and structured to fully grasp the techniques without feeling pressured which helps in terms of processing and retaining all that you both have taught.

I believe that all of us that attended will definitely be leaving better embalmers with the confidence in handling recon cases as we strive to serve families to the best of our abilities, which in every aspect, is the very reason that drew us as embalmers into the profession in the first place

Thank you once again for it’s the individuals such as yourselves who choose to impart your knowledge which helps us provide a dignified send off for the loved ones that have passed.

Shane Teo, BSc H.F.Y, Dip AA, Student Embalmer

I just wanted to say than you again for a fantastic week, I have learnt so much from you both. Both you and the staff at the university were very helpful and I feel truly privileged to have been invited on such a course. I can honestly say the week gave me more knowledge and more importantly the confidence to have a go the next time I need to use these skills for real.I would have no hesitation recommending this course to anyone wishing to expand their skills.

Colin Price M.B.I.E, M.B.I.E Tutor

I felt very privileged to attend not only the first of its kind in the United Kingdom, but also to be able to work within the amazing surroundings of Edinburgh University, a truly unique experience.

The care and compassion Iain has for the anatomy subjects in his care is second to none.

I found the course to be thoroughly informative, educational and most importantly was a very encouraging environment and there was a lot of learning as well as exchanges of ideas. You both came across very well when explaining techniques, brought yourselves and your knowledge down to a level so that I was able to learn is very difficult to find anything I didn’t like about the course, I feel it was a great success. I would 100% recommend this course to anyone wishing to improve their personal skills in the area of post Mortem Reconstruction

Kathy Hall M.B.I.E ,M.E.A.E

I never had any experience in practical embalming before attending William Purves Embalming Academy... I was put at ease by Martin and Ross and was shown step by step on a one to one basis how a [body] should be embalmed, any questions I had were answered in full... the course has given me a fantastic one to one experience... and the one thing I was told was if I ever had a problem and I needed any type of help or advice that they were always only at the other end of the phone to help me... I am that impressed with the course I have booked a second week.

Having spent a week at The William Purves Embalming Academy... I cannot commend it enough... the two tutors Martin Jeffrey and Ross Corney were friendly and welcoming, putting me at ease within minutes of meeting them... after all these years of trying to get training I cannot express how much 1 week at the Academy has changed my life.

Within a week I had a very good knowledge and confidence to go and do embalming without any worries and the fact that there is after support in place helps... I can just lift the phone and speak to Ross or Martin if I have any problems or questions.

I thoroughly enjoyed my week... I learned so much and this was all down to [Ross and Martin’s] patience and method of teaching.

Leading up to my British Institute of Embalmers practical exams... I was fortunate to have personal tuition and experience at the hands of Martin and Ross... Gaining knowledge in a calm, efficient and dignified manner... was a great experience and undoubtedly helped my own progress greatly.

During my week at the academy I learnt so much, far more than I had anticipated... you can learn so much from experienced people, and I certainly did... now I can say that through doing this course, I will be training to be an embalmer in the next year.

Having never done any form of embalming beforehand, I had no idea what to expect... being thrown in at the deep end was daunting at first but looking back... it was the best way to learn. I was able to learn from my errors and was subjected to a far more specialised form of teaching that allowed me to gain confidence with each case that I was involved with. Overall, there is absolutely nothing negative that I can say about the entire week.

I enjoyed the course very much... Ross and Martin's knowledge and expertise were second to none... I would have no hesitation in recommending this course to anybody in the funeral industry or anyone who is considering embalming as a career.