German trainee undertakers are being put through their paces at Europe's only "funeral school" in Münnerstadt - anything but a dying business in the fast-ageing continent. The training course at this north Bavarian town lasts three years, involving both schooling and on-the-job practical apprenticeships.

In addition to learning how to dig a grave, students at the Theo Remmertz Academy are taught how to deal with grieving families, how to properly cement a vault, how to prepare bodies for the funeral, and even how to write out death notices.

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