For those of you who know me personally, you know how passionate I am about cremation and the death-care profession as a whole. It has been said that nothing defines the civility of a society better than how they treat their dead. If this is the case than we may be in for some incivility, to say the least. I believe it is our responsibility as a profession to educate the masses, the public and the grieving, to better understand the value of the funeral rite. I also believe that the funeral rite is dynamic, ever changing and not controlled by the profession but by the grieving public. I often ask "what is a proper funeral"? Most times I get the standard description of a "traditional" funeral complete with casket, embalming, viewing, burial, etc. What I almost never hear from our profession is "casket, embalming, viewing, celebration and cremation". A "proper" funeral is whatever the grieving family wants and needs to mourn the loss of a loved one and to start the healing process of grief.
ALL funeral professionals, from the embalmer to the receptionist, from the family counselors to the cremation equipment operators, should be trained and well versed in what goes on in the crematory. We can't serve without proper knowledge and we can't succeed without serving. Families want experts in all fields and cremation is no exception.
I am happy to deliver a variety of cremation related continuing education presentations, equipment operator training classes, certifications and even strategic planning sessions and seminars custom developed for your specific needs.
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The following is a list of associations or organizations for whom I've presented.
National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA)
- Cremation Association of North America (CANA)
- International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association (ICCFA)
- Funeral Service Association of Canada (FSAC)
- Ontario Association of Cemetery and Funeral Professionals (OACFP)
- Ontario Funeral Service Association
- Manitoba Funeral Service Association
- Crematoria Council of Saskatchewan
- Alberta Funeral Service Association
- Atlantic Provinces Funeral Director's & Service Convention
- British Columbia Funeral Association
- Kansas Funeral Directors Association
- New Hampshire Funeral Directors Association
- Maine Funeral Directors Association
- Independent Funeral Directors of Virginia
- Iowa Funeral Directors Association
- Kates Boylston Publications (Publishers of American Funeral Director Magazine and American Cemetery & Cremation Magazine)
- Stewart Enterprises
- Mid-America College of Funeral Service
- Dallas Institute of Funeral Service
- Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service
- The Commenwealth Institute of Funeral Service
- University of Central Oklahoma Funeral Service Program
- Kansas City Community College Funeral Service Program
- The Dodge Company Sunshine Seminars
- British Institute of Embalmers