Deeper learning

Vita cum morte brings people together, including some with decades of experience in the funeral sector. This wealth of knowledge on the various services provided by undertakers is made accessible to many people at our association events. These include seminars and lectures on techniques of embalming and dissecting the deceased, as well as hygiene and courses on how to best support people in grief.


Training, further education and degrees

Vita cum morte is the cremation sector’s go-to-partner for educational offers. The association, among others, cooperates with the Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) in Germany and promotes training courses relevant to the crematorium sector including:


  • Commercial apprenticeships
  • Sales and office management
  • Warehouse logistics specialist
  • Machine and plant operator

Together with the Specialist publisher of the German funeral industry GmbH and the Düsseldorf Chamber of Craft Trades, vita cum morte also offers professional training courses to become a cremation assistant or technician. The courses touch specialist topics such as oven technology and emission control as well as the relevant business aspects.

Depending on qualification, we also sponsor and support young talents during their university studies. Relevant degrees include:


  • (Technical) business studies
  • Psychology, human resources management, marketing
  • Mechanical and plant engineering


Scholarships for foreign specialists

The funeral industry is becoming increasingly international with professional networks spanning across borders. The association therefore also offers scholarships and internships for young professionals from abroad including people making a lateral career move . Scholarship holders have the opportunity to work at a location of the German-based alliance of independent cremation facilities (Arbeitsgemeinschaft unabhängiger Feuerbestattungsanlagen). At the same time, they can get to know life in Germany. Afterwards, they take their experience and newly acquired skills back home. Vita cum morte covers the travel and accommodation costs for the scholarship holders.