Thanos has been the leading force behind the development of traditional "Home Study" continuing education courses for licensed funeral directors.  Founded by Dr. Ralph L. Klicker, Thanos brings the best in advanced continuing education directly to your home, whether you are relaxing on a tropical island, or your deck at home, or working in your office.   All of our continuing education courses have been accredited for use by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice, 30+ states and 3 provinces of Canada

To provide Funeral Directors with:

‣   Provide information relevant to any and all  funeral service professionals

‣   The most up to date information available

‣   Read it today, use it tomorrow is specific to the challenges of funeral service

‣   A user friendly, time and money efficient method of meeting re-licensing needs

‣   Unmatched customer service

Our Goals

Dr. Ralph Klicker

"Read it today, put it into use tomorrow" is the basis of our programming. Because of this philosophy, our courses are constructed of solid information that is relevant, thought provoking and in a format that is easy to understand and apply. Our focus is to not simply provide a means for licensed funeral directors to meet their re-licensing requirements. Rather, it is to assist them to constantly strive to provide better service to their families by keeping abreast of what is happening in the clinical, psychological and business areas of funeral service.

Read it today,
Put it in use tomorrow...

For Over 3 Decades...

Our Educator

Lifelong Learning for Funeral Directors

Ralph L. Klicker, Ph.D. has been involved in funeral service since he was 15 when he started working in a funeral home after school.

Dr. Ralph L. Klicker has been an embalmer, a funeral director, the Director of Training for a multi-location funeral firm, an Academic Dean, a Mortuary Science Instructor and the Director of a University Mortuary Science Program. Dr. Klicker has spoken extensively nationally and internationally to both funeral service and death oriented groups and has written four of the major textbooks used today in most Mortuary Science programs. These books include Funeral Directing and Funeral Service Management, Restorative Art and Science, and Ethics in Funeral Service, and Funeral Service Psychology and Counseling. He has written over 60 articles for funeral publications, was on the Board of Trustees of the Foundation of Funeral Service and is one of only instructors for NFDA's Certified Pre-Need Planning Program. Dr. Klicker is founder and President of Thanos Institute and whenever time permits, works as a licensed funeral director in New York State.Type your paragraph here.