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Get Certified by CANA at the Crematory Operations Conference

December 21, 2015

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Get Certified by CANA at the Crematory Operations Conference

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WALL, N.J. – The Cremation Association of North America, in cooperation with Kates-Boylston Publications, will hold a Crematory Operations Certification Conference on May 13, 2016, at the Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue in Philadelphia.


Whether you’re a crematory operator, funeral director, funeral home owner, manager or a member of the office staff, this conference has plenty just for you. Learn how to:


  • Operate a cremator safely and effectively.
  • Avoid lawsuits by enforcing rock-solid procedures.
  • Evaluate third-party operators and minimize risk.
  • Work with local agencies and regulators.


Thomas A. Parmalee, executive director of Kates-Boylston Publications, emphasizes that the conference isn’t just for crematory operators and technicians. “It’s just as important for owners and managers to attend,” he said. “The increasing cremation rate poses business challenges for everyone, and knowing how to avoid lawsuits tied to improper crematory management is becoming more important by the day.”

The redesigned conference includes input from multiple manufacturers and more information for owners, managers, funeral directors and operators. Speakers include:


Chris Farmer is the former general counsel of the Cremation Association of North America who in 2015 founded The Farmer Firm, a growing legal practice dedicated to serving funeral professionals. His practice provides a single source for legal advice, counsel and representation with intimate knowledge of the industry. It represents funeral service providers and suppliers in corporate matters, commercial litigation, mergers and acquisitions, labor and employment, consumer litigation, as well as state and federal regulatory matters.


Mark Matthews is president of Wiefels Cremation and Funeral Services in Palm Springs, with seven locations in southern California. Licensed by the state of California as a funeral director, cemetery manager and crematory manager, Matthews is a past president of the Cremation Association of North America and a past president of the Association of California Cremationists. He is a subject matter expert for the California Department of Consumer Affairs Cemetery and Funeral Bureau, founding president of the Diocese of San Bernardino Cemetery Corp. at Our Lady Queen of Peace Cemetery, and is highly regarded as an innovative and creative business owner.


Larry Stuart Jr. is a former board member of the Cremation Association of North America and also formerly served the association as its supplier liaison. He’s the president of Crematory Manufacturing & Service in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and has seen firsthand how poor crematory maintenance and improper operation can devastate a firm. A graduate of Kent State University, he’s conducted crematory operator training classes throughout North America and has worked nonstop to promote the safety of cremation facilities and their employees.


Funeral Professionals Give CANA’s Program High Marks


Listen to what your peers are saying about getting certified by the Cremation Association of North America …


“CANA continues to provide valuable and affordable educational programs to its membership and the death-care industry. With the increase in the number of cremations performed each year, and living in a constantly changing environment, a cremationist must remain knowledgeable, competitive, compliant, and most of all – professional. Attendance at a Crematory Operations Certification event is a must.”

–         Dale Fiore, general manager of Evergreen Cemetery Association and Crematory in New Haven, Connecticut


“Attending the program offered by CANA ensures that you and your employees are instructed with the most up to date, relevant and understandable training available to those in the death-care industry today. CANA has certified thousands of operators and owners over the past 20 years. Why would you trust your operator certification to anyone else? The CANA COCP certification ensures the families you serve that you have the commitment to offer them the utmost care of their loved ones.”

–         Mark Durbin, manager of Lexington Cemetery and Crematory Co. in Lexington, Kentucky


Save $100 on Registration


Pay just $495 when you sign up by March 11. Once the early-bird deadline expires, registration costs $595.


When reserving a hotel room, be sure to mention that you are with the Crematory Operations Certification Conference to enjoy a special, $160 per night rate. You must book a room by April 21 to enjoy the special rate.


Learn more and register by visiting or email [email protected] for more information. You can also register by calling Kates-Boylston’s Customer Service Department at 732-730-2587.