The Arterial 2019 – July edition

What a busy couple of months it has been for MFE, updating our courses for online delivery , Ian travelling across Australia for workshops and examinations and for me, studying to update to the new the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Our Melbourne May workshops seem as if they were only yesterday and yet our August workshops are just a few weeks away, starting on the 22nd in Melbourne! We look forward to some of our new students joining us in Melbourne in August – just remember to pack your winter coats!

Student news –

New students

MFE would like to welcome our latest new students – Mandie Podlich (NSW), Jolanda Kruit (ACT/NSW) and Keira Howard (NSW). Great to have NSW so well represented in our student cohort- time to get some more recruits from other states!

Queensland workshop a great success!

In April, Head Tutor Ian Warren, visited Northern Queensland and apart from bringing the Melbourne rain, was able to conduct some training with our distance- learning MFE students. Many thanks to Burkin Svendsen Funerals for hosting the session . Our students were most appreciative of learning from Ian face- to face, rather than through technology! His unique specialised games are always very popular with students.

Karle with Makayla playing the Distribution & Diffusion Game.

New South Wales Students treated with MFE workshop in Lidcombe

Ian Warren has been very busy touring Australia to catch-up with our interstate students and mentors. Five students joined him at a workshop in Lidcombe to enhance their training. Special thanks to Guardian Funerals for hosting this very worthwhile and fun workshop.

NSW students having fun with atoms!
Josie, Paul, Ian (Tutor), Shawnee, Mandie and Dianna

Melbourne May workshops always popular with students!

This workshop block was the last of our face-to-face training with some of our students and Ian kept them motivated with new activities and challenges.

Last workshop for Kim, Vivian, Georgina and Nicholas – close to the end of their course! Best of luck with your final studies and exams.
Nicholas busy placing organs in correct position!

We were also delighted to have one of distance learning students from Perth -Denise Sanders – join our workshop for the final stage of her course.


Always a pleasure to have our industry colleagues drop by for a visit, especially Paul Castedli from Hickeys when he delivers delicious donuts for our afternoon treats!

Our distance learning students are always invited to join any of the Melbourne workshops – perhaps the donuts might entice you!


I came across an article recently from he UK talking about the most requested songs played at funerals and it prompted some thought as to what the most requested songs in our funeral home would be and how that has changed over the years. The article talked about changes to modern music in lieu of hymns, with their popular choices being “My Way’ and “Supermarket Flowers”. A study in the UK found that 1 in 10 adults said they would like “another one bites the dust” by Queen, whilst 1 in 15 said they’d chose “Highway to Hell” by AC/DC!

I’d be interested to hear what your funeral homes’ top 10 list is and your thoughts about how music at funerals has changed? Does it change if you are in a country area? a more suburban area? Does age of the deceased have a great impact on the selection of music? ….. any feedback welcomed …..

Don’t forget that we welcome student news, photos and/or articles from past and present students.

Please email your submissions to: The editor, Priscilla Nelson at

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