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Three Reasons to Attend the First-Ever Green Funeral Conference in October

September 19, 2019

Three Reasons to Attend the First-Ever Green Funeral Conference in October

The First-Ever Green Funeral Conference, organized by Passages International and the Cremation Association of North America (CANA) is scheduled for October 2-4. If you haven’t already made plans to attend, here are three reasons to book your flight to Albuquerque today.

Green isn’t going anywhere

No matter your personal opinions on eco-friendly funeral practices, your families are more interested than ever in going green (pun intended). In 2017, more than 53% of respondents to an NFDA survey said they were interested in exploring green funeral services. There’s no doubt this number is growing. This is just one of the reasons Passages International and CANA think it is high time for a conference that focues solely on green and non-traditional funeral options. 

“Twenty years ago, competing manufacturers scoffed at the Prius,” says Kilian Rempen, Marketing Manager at Passages, the leading green/natural funeral products provider since 1999. “Now you can’t walk down the street without seeing at least one, if not many. Just in the last couple of years major publications like the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal have covered green funeral options. The demand is really there, and it’s time for us to catch up and be ready to meet it.”

Learn from the experts…

Whether your funeral home is thinking about adding more eco-friendly options or if you’ve already embraced the green movement, you’ll take away tips and knowledge you can immediately put into practice. Passages and CANA have procured presenters from all over the country, with a wide variety of expertise. 

Sessions will include the latest information and trends in green cremation and natural burial. Speakers will also cover legal concerns and how to brand your company as green without compromising your existing customer base.

…And learn from one another

Rempen says Passages and CANA expect a tight group of under 100 attendees at this first conference. This offers a fantastic opportunity for one-on-one interaction with manufacturers, practitioners, suppliers, and presenters. Plus, you can find out what your peers are thinking and doing when it comes to being green. 

Something another director has implemented in their funeral home might be the same thing that works for yours. Maybe they have overcome some of the concerns that are currently holding you back. Networking today can give you access to the resources you might need tomorrow.

If these weren’t enough, here are two more reasons to attend the First-Ever Green Funeral Conference: CEs and the venue. Attendees can earn 9.0 Academy of Professional Funeral service Practice Continuing Education hours in just one-and-a-half days of sessions. Plus, the conference is set just outside Albuquerque, New Mexico, only days before the world-famous Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Join the team at Passages International the morning after the conference ends to watch the first ascension of the balloons!