Pauline Lynch (Chairperson)
Chairperson -Professional Embalmers Association of Ireland
I am a Trade embalmer serving counties Kildare,Meath and Offaly.
After personally witnessing the benefits of modern embalming and what it can bring to a funeral visit, I was inspired to study embalming.
I returned to education as a mature student and spent three years studying with The Death Care Academy which which included time spend in the UK.
After successfully achieving my qualification I became a trade embalmer, taking care of family here in Ireland.
Michael Grealish (Vice Chairperson)
Gráinne Teefy (Secretary)
Secretary -Professional Embalmers Association of Ireland
Grainne is from Co. Louth, a trade embalmer serving the North East region of Ireland. With a background in oral health Grainne embarked on her embalming career training in both Ireland with the Death Care Academy and the BIE. She has a keen interest in funeral education.
Grainne is passionate about death care and believes that modern embalming is central to helping families during the grieving process.
Padraig O’Reilly (Treasurer)Padraig O’Reilly
Treasurer -Professional Embalmers Association of Ireland (2015-Present)
Having first worked funeral service’s from the late 1970’s he joined the health service as Supports Services Manager with responsibility to include mortuary services and family bereavements. While in this role he was part of a working group on Death Dying and Bereavement and they received an award from the Irish Hospice Foundation for the improvement of standards for the dying and their families. Working in the Funeral Services since 2009 and prides himself on the standard of service and support he gives to families at a time that can be of great upset and stress for them.
Joe McNamara (PRO)
Joe McNamara (MPEAI, MEAE, MIAFD)
PRO -Professional Embalmers Association of Ireland (2015-Present)
Joe is a proud director of Corrigan and Sons Funeral Directors, Dublin; born into the undertaking business, the fourth generation to run the company. I am a part of an unbroken line of family involvement in a company set up by Patrick Corrigan in the latter part of the nineteenth century. I work with three medical schools (UCD, TCD and the Royal College of Surgeons) in Dublin and take care of the burials or cremations of those who have donated their bodies to medical research.
I gained my Degree in Business in University College Dublin. Afterwards, I started training in embalming at the Midlands Embalming School, Birmingham with J. Lee as my tutor. I also earned my Diploma in Funeral Directing in Coventry (R. Pargetter, tutor). I am a Founder Member of the ‘Leinster Division’ the first structured gathering of embalmers in ROI; and subsequently, Founder Member of the ‘Professional Embalmers’ Association’.
To be a good embalmer or funeral director, I believe that temperament is the key, coupled with training and an ability to understand grief and the stages one goes through-loss, denial, acceptance. I consider dead persons as part of the community so I approach the funeral as an inclusive situation; a bringing together of people in healing and reconciliation.
People nowadays are more anxious than ever before about what death looks like, so, as an embalmer, you need to be sensitive to how a person looked in life. There’s a code of ethics around embalming which involves confidentiality and respect for the dead.
The death of someone close is not something that anyone gets over. In fact, it’s something that most people don’t want to get over. Getting over something implies forgetting about it and the last thing you’ll want to do is to forget about your wife, husband, father, mother, brother, sister or friend. This is turn does not mean that someone who has recently been bereaved should live by or in the past. The aim is to accept that they have gone, draw strength from the past and let go of the pain. I believe that we embalmers can contribute a lot in easing such grief and in helping people move on.