Fondazione Ariodante Fabretti
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Caronte Project

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The Fabretti Foundation participates in an important research project named “Caronte” (in collaboration with, a training association, and with the “Istituto di Tanatologia e Medicina Psicologica” of Bologna). Projected, approved and financed by the Ministry of Labour and Social Politics, Caronte (which is expected to produce results by the end of 2003) was founded with the aim of taking care of the diverse problems of the funerary sector in relation to the several new rules and provisions that have been or will be adopted legislatively (from the ratification of Law N°130/2001 on cremation to the long-awaited new Funerary Police Regulations)  as well as culturally (from the need, felt by many people, of a lay funeral ceremony, to the multiethnic character of modern societies, that can’t be further ignored). The name of the project is reminiscent of Dante’s “Inferno” in which Caronte is the demon that ferries the damned souls across the Acheronte River. And in fact, this project will actually take the funeral sector safely across the wide river of new laws and regulations. A river that will deeply change the face of all funerary professions and that can be successfully crossed, with a growth of the whole sector, only if the coming innovations are dealt with the necessary creativity and imagination to adapt to a changing market.

In this phase of transition, the “Caronte” project is concerned with creating and promoting new models of training - necessary to renewing this sector - directed to all public and private bodies engaged in training activities. Because of the absolutely novel nature of this project, Caronte is preparing training courses for trainers as well. 

The project will therefore be divided into three stages: preparing, making and promoting the project itself, to which all partners in the project will collaborate.

1.   During the preparing stage:

    • the funerary sector will be thoroughly surveyed by means of polls, questionnaires and interviews;
    • The trainers’ cultural profile will then be established (the choice being mainly among psychologists and physicians) as well as a specific training pattern necessary to qualify them as trainers for funerary operators.
    • The need for new professional figures (ceremony officials and thanatopractors) will also be pointed out as well as the training requirements of all operators.
    • The learning goals and the expected results, concerning operators as well as trainers, will then be outlined, together with the diverse subjects to include in the training programs and the choice of methods (teaching material, classes, work groups)
  1. During the making stage:

·     A group of 12 trainers will be prepared

·     Training methods will be planned and worked out

·     These same methods will then be tested during a trial stage, in order to verify their efficacy and usefulness and, if it should be necessary, to make the required adjustments.

  1. During the promoting stage:
                  ·  All developed models will be conveyed to training operators all over the 
                      country through meetings, seminars, publications, CD-ROMs and the