Beach Funeral Director Earns Coveted Certificate

Nags Head- Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. owner Courtney N. Gallop recently completed 41 hours of intensive embalming and reconstructive surgical training from the Fountain National Academy (FNA) international headquarters facility in Springfield, Missouri. The intensive five -day program featured classroom and immersive lab training. Students were provided with advanced techniques that professional embalmers employ to achieve an acceptable and identifiable appearance of deceased persons who suffered severe traumatic cranial and facial injuries.

According to Gallop; Funeral Directors and professional embalmers are often called upon by grieving family and friends to perform specialized embalming and reconstructive procedures that afford grieving family members the opportunity to achieve a viewing or open-casket service. “It is well known that a positive final glimpse of their beloved can impart powerful psychological benefits and help aid the grieving process.” She added, “I feel so fortunate to be able to tell a family there are steps we can take to get their son or daughter closer to how they looked before that tragic accident or disease.”

Course instructor, Vernie R. Fountain is recognized globally for his expertise in trauma embalming and restorative surgery and the FNA has representatives in several countries including Ireland and Australia. He currently consults, lectures, and teaches embalming and reconstructive surgery around the country and internationally.

Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. is a full service funeral establishment located in Nags Head, NC and recently expanded to include a chapel in Barco, NC. The company also built and runs the first crematory in Dare county which is located in East Lake, NC.