National Award for Young Funeral Director

It’s not every person’s dream career, in fact, he often gets told, “I don’t know how a young person can do your job” but Rhys Askham is celebrating a major qualification at the tender age of just 21 years old. Rhys from Rosedale’s Attleborough funeral home has achieved the National Association of Funeral Director’s Diploma in Funeral Arranging and Administration after a year of hard study. This follows on from Rhys’s success in last year’s Good Funeral Guide awards where he came second in the ‘Most Promising Trainee Funeral Director’ category. “The Good Funeral Guide Award recognises exceptional service to bereaved people from all aspects of the funeral profession. By being named runner up, Rhys has demonstrated outstanding professionalism, empathy and a willingness to go the extra mile,” said Fran Hall, C.E.O of The Good Funeral Guide. Rhys’s new Diploma covers all aspects of making funeral arrangements and personalising them to reflect the life of the person who has died; care of the deceased; grief and bereavement; and arranging funerals for children, as well as the law of burial and cremation and assisting families with limited funds to apply for financial support towards the cost of a funeral. “I’m absolutely over the moon” said Rhys, “To learn that I had passed was so amazing. It has been difficult at times to juggle the studying alongside working full time for Rosedale, but my experience certainly helped, and all my hard work has now paid off. I am now having a break from my studies until March 2019 when I start the gold standard Diploma in Funeral Directing which is set over 18 months. It is a really tough Diploma but will enable me to look after the loved ones placed into our trust at Rosedale to the highest possible level of care and respect allowing the family to have the reassurance they need at such a difficult time. Rhys was tutored by Mark Hall, Funeral Arranger of Rosedale Funeral Home and approved tutor for the National Association of Funeral Directors. “It is a little known – and quite shocking fact that anyone can open a Funeral Directing business without any training or qualifications and that absolutely no licence or regulation of any sort is necessary.” Said Mark. “Some small businesses don’t have any qualified staff or may just have one member of staff who is qualified without investing in training for the whole workforce, and some of the larger corporate organisations invest very little in continuing professional development. Staff training and development is something we take great pride in at Rosedale. By choosing a funeral professional who invests in staff training you can be certain that you are going to receive a high level of standards both in the care that you receive as a family as well as what goes on behind the scenes.” Others interested in obtaining qualifications in the funeral profession can find more information by visiting or can contact Mark on 01953 452538