Apr
8
Mon
2019
Certificate in Death Companioning for End of Life Professionals (CDC) @ Mid-America College of Funeral Services
Apr 8 @ 8:00 am – Jun 30 @ 5:00 pm
The Certificate in Death Companioning for End of Life Professionals (CDC) is comprised of two courses—BFS315 Death Companioning and BFS316 Applied Death Companioning. We have designed our certificate program for working professions who are looking to earn additional certification without sacrificing their current position or obligations. The field of end-of-life support is growing rapidly and includes death doulas, death midwives, end of life guides, hospice and palliative care professionals, funeral directors, clergy, community death conversation leaders and clinical professionals. Death Companioning is a service niche between death doulas and funeral directors and offers a way for end-of-life professionals, and those interested in furthering their study of end-of -life issues, a clearly defined area to work which takes into consideration the numerous legal, ethical and professional issues found within any young field. This certificate provides students with a clear framework for expanding their area of practice and to expand their knowledge of the growth within modern American deathcare. Students will also complete self-evaluations related to end-of-life issues and death anxiety, and learn skills which will allow them to more effectively navigate the care for an end-of-life practice.

Please apply at https://mid-america.edu/apply

Certificate in Thanatology for End of Life Professionals @ Mid-America College of Funeral Services
Apr 8 @ 8:00 am – Jun 30 @ 5:00 pm
The Certificate in Thanatology (CT) for End of Life Professionals is comprised of two courses: BFS310 Thanatology and BFS311 Applied Thanatology. This professional certification is designed to expose the student to the professional practice of thanatology, promote awareness and understanding of death and how it affects individuals, whether the death is a result of an acute condition, traumatic incident or a long-standing chronic illness. The application of thanatology relates to careers who support and assist those confronting end-of-life and loss issues. We have designed our certificate program for working professions who are looking to earn additional certification without sacrificing their current position or obligations. This certificate will allow students to offer a deeper level of service to the individuals they serve in their chosen career whether they are funeral service professionals, nurses, physicians, chaplains, doulas or otherwise.

Please apply at https://mid-america.edu/apply

Funeral Director Certificate @ Mid-America College of Funeral Services
Apr 8 @ 4:24 pm – Jun 30 @ 5:24 pm
The Funeral Director’s Certificate Program is designed to meet specific state or professional needs. It is not accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education since it does not include instruction in the following areas: embalming and related science courses and the general education courses.

Please apply at https://mid-america.edu/apply
Jul
13
Sat
2019
NFDA Leadership Conference @ Manchester Grand Hyatt
Jul 13 @ 8:00 am – Jul 16 @ 5:00 pm
Jul
29
Mon
2019
2019 Leaders Conference
Jul 29 @ 8:00 am – Jul 31 @ 5:00 pm
The best of the best pre-need and funeral trust marketing organizations will engage in a futurist retreat in Cincinnati, Ohio to review the future of funeral pre-planning in AMerica.

Contact Chris Kuhnen, VP of Pre-Need Marketing for details at [email protected]

Cremation Association Of North America InSight Institute Celebrant Training @ Old Louisville Room
Jul 29 @ 12:00 pm – Jul 31 @ 12:00 pm

Who Should Attend?

InSight Celebrant training is specifically designed for anyone interested in understanding the process of the funeral service and in learning how to personalize and design meaningful funerals or tributes. A successful celebrant is one who enjoys working with people, has writing and public speaking ability as well as listening and consulting skills. The seminar attracts a wide variety of participants: funeral directors, pre-need and aftercare specialists, hospice professionals, clergy, chaplains, business people, actors, writers and students.

What is the Training?

The curriculum covers articulating the value of the funeral, listening skills, family meetings, service planning, music and readings resources, writing, closing ceremonies, master of ceremonies, presentation skills, and developing the celebrant concept in the community. Participants will receive a Celebrant Training Notebook and a copy of Doug Manning’s book, The Funeral: A Chance to Touch, A Chance to Serve, A Chance to Heal.

The schedule for this event is:

Monday July 29 – 12:00pm – 7:00pm (dinner included)
Tuesday July 30 – 7:30am – 6:00pm (breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack included)
Wednesday July 31 – 7:00am – 12:00pm (breakfast included)

This is a pre-convention event which can be attended in conjunction with or separate of CANA’s 101st Cremation Innovation Convention (discounts available to CANA Members and bundled with Convention). Class is limited to 30 people.

Jul
31
Wed
2019
CANA’s 101st Annual Cremation Innovation Convention @ Omni Louisville Hotel
Jul 31 – Aug 2 all-day
The CANA Annual Cremation Innovation Convention is the preeminent gathering of cremation and memorialization specialists in North America. Attendees enjoy seminars and workshops focusing on everything from business marketing for memorialization to correct crematory procedures. CANA’s exhibits showcase an assortment of the latest products and services from top industry vendors.
CANA’s Crematory Operations Certification Program – Louisville, KY @ Omni Louisville Hotel
Jul 31 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
In this increasingly competitive and litigious environment, possessing qualifications that set you apart from the rest of the industry is critical. The CANA Crematory Operations Certification Program (COCP) is the mark of distinction. Join us at Omni Louisville Hotel in Louisville, KY for the gold standard in certification.

You will gain extensive knowledge—technical, scientific, and legal—all of which is proactive prevention for future business problems. The class addresses major topic areas such as an overview of the cremation process, equipment and operations, the cremation process in detail, chain of custody, reducing legal risk, and environmental issues related to cremation. A detailed manual is also provided for use during class and serves as an important reference tool. Taught by industry experts, this program provides death care professionals of all backgrounds and levels of experience a thorough knowledge of the practices and procedures that will help reduce the risk of litigation.

Complete course details and registration options are on CANA’s website: https://www.cremationassociation.org/COCP
Fees: $495 for employees of CANA Member firms, $495 for nonmembers. Students currently enrolled in a funeral service or mortuary science program can take the course for $195 with proof of enrollment. Visit gocana.org/COCP to learn more.

Note: This course meets specific requirements by the NYS Division of Cemeteries.

Aug
7
Wed
2019
Selected Connections @ The Billow Funeral Homes and Crematory
Aug 7 @ 6:00 pm – Aug 9 @ 10:00 pm
Selected Connections programs typically are entirely planned and hosted by a Selected member firm and/or Preferred Partner that opens its doors to Selected members in order to highlight best practices and lessons learned. These members-only, unique, hands-on programs highlight the camaraderie and trust shared by Selected members. In order to maintain the members-only status, Selected does not seek continuing education credit for these meetings.

Arrival date is Wednesday, August 7. (Welcome Reception & Dinner
begins at 6 p.m. In addition, participants are invited for optional golf at
Firestone Country Club Wednesday afternoon. Contact Nathanael Billow
if interested in golf.)
Departure date is Friday, August 9. (Program concludes at 11:30 a.m.)

Aug
15
Thu
2019
NFDA Embalming and Restorative Art Seminar @ John A. Gupton College
Aug 15 @ 8:00 am – Aug 16 @ 5:00 pm
Sep
6
Fri
2019
CANA’s Crematory Operations Certification Program @ Paradise Memorial Gardens
Sep 6 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sep
17
Tue
2019
NJSFDA Funeral Directors Convention & Expo @ Harrah’s Waterfront Conference Center
Sep 17 – Sep 19 all-day

Hosted annually, the Funeral Directors Convention and Expo consistently attracts funeral industry professionals across the Mid-Atlantic region. Our event offers comprehensive solutions to help support the careers of funeral directors by providing high-value, innovative and educational programming geared specifically toward the funeral industry.

The 2019 Funeral Directors Convention and Expo is scheduled for Tuesday, September 17 through Thursday, September 19. We will be returning to Harrah’s Waterfront Conference Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Sep
23
Mon
2019
Annual Meeting @ JW Marriott Nashville
Sep 23 @ 9:00 am – Sep 26 @ 5:00 pm
The Annual Meeting is a time not only to learn and share valuable take-away information but to develop and rekindle lifelong friendships as only occurs when Selected members gather.

Reservations can be booked at: https://book.passkey.com/event/49820071/owner/49264631/home

Oct
9
Wed
2019
CANA’s Crematory Operations Certification Program – Albany, NY @ TBD
Oct 9 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
In this increasingly competitive and litigious environment, possessing qualifications that set you apart from the rest of the industry is critical. The CANA Crematory Operations Certification Program (COCP) is the mark of distinction. Join us at Albany, NY (Location TBD) for the gold standard in certification.

You will gain extensive knowledge—technical, scientific, and legal—all of which is proactive prevention for future business problems. The class addresses major topic areas such as an overview of the cremation process, equipment and operations, the cremation process in detail, chain of custody, reducing legal risk, and environmental issues related to cremation. A detailed manual is also provided for use during class and serves as an important reference tool. Taught by industry experts, this program provides death care professionals of all backgrounds and levels of experience a thorough knowledge of the practices and procedures that will help reduce the risk of litigation.

Complete course details and registration options are on CANA’s website: https://www.cremationassociation.org/COCP
Fees: $495 for employees of CANA Member firms, $495 for nonmembers. Students currently enrolled in a funeral service or mortuary science program can take the course for $195 with proof of enrollment. Visit gocana.org/COCP to learn more.

Note: This course meets specific requirements by the NYS Division of Cemeteries.

Oct
22
Tue
2019
CANA’s Crematory Operations Certification Program – Atlanta, GA @ TBD
Oct 22 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
In this increasingly competitive and litigious environment, possessing qualifications that set you apart from the rest of the industry is critical. The CANA Crematory Operations Certification Program (COCP) is the mark of distinction. Join us at Atlanta, GA (Location TBD) for the gold standard in certification.

You will gain extensive knowledge—technical, scientific, and legal—all of which is proactive prevention for future business problems. The class addresses major topic areas such as an overview of the cremation process, equipment and operations, the cremation process in detail, chain of custody, reducing legal risk, and environmental issues related to cremation. A detailed manual is also provided for use during class and serves as an important reference tool. Taught by industry experts, this program provides death care professionals of all backgrounds and levels of experience a thorough knowledge of the practices and procedures that will help reduce the risk of litigation.

Complete course details and registration options are on CANA’s website: https://www.cremationassociation.org/COCP
Fees: $495 for employees of CANA Member firms, $595 for nonmembers. Students currently enrolled in a funeral service or mortuary science program can take the course for $195 with proof of enrollment. Visit gocana.org/COCP to learn more.
Oct
25
Fri
2019
Educating the Families You Serve about the “WHY” of the Funeral @ Radisson Blue Aqua Hotel
Oct 25 @ 5:00 pm – Oct 26 @ 3:30 pm
Participate And Discover How To:
Articulate and advocate WHY funerals are essential
Interface six essential functions of the funeral with the elements of ceremony
Convey value every step of the way in the funeral planning process
Safeguard the very future of funerals by helping families make transformations—“decisions that are good for them”
Understand influences related to the de-ritualization of death in North American culture

Registration open to Order of the Golden Rule and Selected members, and public.

Oct
27
Sun
2019
NFDA International Convention and Expo @ McCormick Place
Oct 27 @ 8:00 am – Oct 30 @ 5:00 pm
Nov
13
Wed
2019
CANA’s Crematory Operations Certification Program – Houston, TX @ National Museum of Funeral History
Nov 13 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
In this increasingly competitive and litigious environment, possessing qualifications that set you apart from the rest of the industry is critical. The CANA Crematory Operations Certification Program (COCP) is the mark of distinction. Join us at National Museum of Funeral History in Houston, TX for the gold standard in certification.

You will gain extensive knowledge—technical, scientific, and legal—all of which is proactive prevention for future business problems. The class addresses major topic areas such as an overview of the cremation process, equipment and operations, the cremation process in detail, chain of custody, reducing legal risk, and environmental issues related to cremation. A detailed manual is also provided for use during class and serves as an important reference tool. Taught by industry experts, this program provides death care professionals of all backgrounds and levels of experience a thorough knowledge of the practices and procedures that will help reduce the risk of litigation.

Complete course details and registration options are on CANA’s website: https://www.cremationassociation.org/COCP
Fees: $495 for employees of CANA Member firms, $595 for nonmembers. Students currently enrolled in a funeral service or mortuary science program can take the course for $195 with proof of enrollment. Visit gocana.org/COCP to learn more.
Apr
19
Sun
2020
The Bereavement Cruise @ Royal Caribbean
Apr 19 – Apr 26 all-day

The Bereavement Cruise is everything a cruise is with the added programming providing a grief conference for attendees. The conference is run by a team of top grief specialists, from across the country. The conference includes workshops, activities, a remembrance ceremony, a walk to remember, small group sessions, yoga, reiki, art projects and so much more.

The cost of the cruise is set by Royal Caribbean. The conference fee is $300.00 per person. The conference is held a state of the art conference center on board the ship. It is private space and only group attendees can attend. All reservations and registration is handled through Journeys of Hope Healing and Health.