Mark your calendar and book your flight to Cape Coral, Florida, for the 2016 National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) Professional Women’s Conference. This unique, intimate gathering is the perfect setting for funeral directors, educators and suppliers to generate new ideas, grow personally and professionally, and create lasting relationships with other professionals. This conference, which is the leading gathering for women in funeral service, will take place April 8-10 at the Westin Cape Coral Resort.
Selected Independent Funeral Homes Honors David Speaks as 2016 Recipient of Prestigious NextGen Award
Selected Independent Funeral Homes has named David Speaks of Speaks Family Legacy Chapels in Independence, MO as the 2016 recipient of its NextGen Professional of the Year Award. Speaks was honored at a ceremony at the opening reception of the group’s annual NextGen Seminar, held January 24-28 at the Renaissance St. Croix, Carambola Beach. Recipients are presented a physical award and reimbursed for the meeting registration. The award highlights career achievements, community involvement and achievements of funeral professionals under the age of 50.
I love telling people that I work in the funeral profession. And I wish that I could say it was for righteous reasons… yes, I feel honored to work in such an amazing profession, and I am always singing the praises of the heroic, selfless people who I get to work alongside. But, I have to admit… my favorite part of telling people I work in this profession is the look on their face when they hear the world “funeral.”
Spoilers ahead for those who aren’t caught up, but last season of Game of Thrones ended with a true Caesar outcome for all-around-hero (and potentialAzor Ahai) Jon Snow. But unlike Caesar, today HBO teased the apparent resurrection of the character in the show’s April Season 6 premiere. That plotline might be as far-fetched in reality as it may seem, but to find out, we spoke to one optimistic startup company called Humai, that is pursuing actual resurrection for human beings with a target of the next 30 years.
A new President has been selected and welcomed to the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. Jack E. Lechner, Jr., Colonel (Retired), United States Army, earned a Mortuary Science Certificate of Proficiency, Mercer County Community College and then began his long history with CCMS in 1990 when he earned the Bachelor of Mortuary Science degree, graduating Summa Cum Laude. Mr. Lechner went on to earn a Master of Science degree in Logistics Management, Florida Tech and a Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy, National Defense University.
The National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) is proud to announce the names of the 50 young funeral professionals who will attend the association’s eighth Meet the Mentors event. Meet the Mentors will take place March 13-15 at Emory Conference Center Hotel, which is located on the campus of Emory University, in Atlanta, Georgia. Meet the Mentors is held in cooperation with the Funeral Service Foundation.
Many current owners, managers, funeral directors, and leaders of the funeral industry grew up in the same era I did. As for the younger crowd, this will be foreign to you simply because you were not alive during this period and the world has significantly changed…for the better.
FrontRunner Professional Welcomes Two New Heartfelt Sympathies Representatives to the Growing FrontRunner Team
FrontRunner Professional is proud to welcome and announce Jessica Vanderhelm and Megan Goldsberry as its newest members to the expanding in-house client flower program, Heartfelt Sympathies. Heartfelt Sympathies, a division of FrontRunner Professional, was created to ensure the quality and timeliness of all FrontRunner client’s online flower orders.
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At The Harley School in Rochester, New York, senior-year students who sign up for hospice class learn to care for people who are dying. These are lessons in compassion unlike any other. “Have you done the Jumble yet today, Wendy?” Kayli O’Keefe has just bounced into Shepherd Home, a two-bed hospice-care home in Rochester, New York. The energy of the 18-year-old hoodie- clad teenager seems unexpected in a place where people go to die. She wants to know if someone has sat with Wendy yet so she could do her daily word puzzle.