The Next WilbertEDU® Webinar: Funerals for Sitting Members of Congress
Overland Park, KS – John DeBord, in his leadership role with LHT Consulting Group, concentrates on the intentional planning, event logistics and corresponding protocol that are indispensable to the implementation of high-visibility funeral and memorial services. DeBord will present: What You Should Know When Handling the Services for a Sitting Member of Congress on August 4, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. CDT.
During this presentation, DeBord will provide the protocol and guidance from multiple agencies that help funeral directors who have been asked to care for a sitting or certain former member of Congress. He will highlight the entitlements extended by the respective chamber (House or Senate) for an Official or State funeral and offer guidance on navigating the details with interagency partners such as the Sergeant-at-Arms Office, DoD/Military District of Washington National Events staff, U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Capitol Police, and U.S. Marshall’s Service.
In researching for this presentation, DeBord has sent a request to key-leader counterparts at the Senate and House Sgt.-at-Arms offices, DOD State Funeral Planners, and Capitol Police Dignitary Protection Division – asking this question: What are three things you would want a funeral director to know or do when they are contacted by the family/staff of a deceased member of Congress? He will share a compilation of their responses, along with his team’s vast experience in this realm of funeral service that will form the content of the presentation. As the trend continues for members of Congress to remain in office for longer periods, and certain entitlements for those former members who held a specific leadership role expands, the collective funeral service profession will see greater opportunities to serve these members.
This program is certified with the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice (APFSP) for one (1) hour of continuing education*.
Register today at www.wilbert.com/wilbertedu
*CEU Credits not currently approved in Alabama, Georgia, and New York
About the Presenter: John E. DeBord is Chief Operating Officer and Director of Protocol for LHT Consulting Group, LLC. In his leadership role, John concentrates on the intentional planning, event logistics and corresponding protocol that are indispensable to the implementation of high-visibility funeral and memorial services. He began his funeral service career in 1984 and is the former Managing Partner in Charlotte, North Carolina. He has held various funeral home management roles with Service Corporation International before joining LHT in 2012. Over the last decade John has planned and directed some of the country’s largest official and most notable services. He studied Mortuary Science at the Community College of Baltimore County and holds certification from the American Board of Funeral Service Education. He is licensed with the North Carolina Board of Funeral Service John trained as a Protocol Officer with the acclaimed Protocol School of Washington. He holds a Professional Certificate in Event Management from The George Washington University School of Business.
About WilbertEDU: Wilbert Funeral Services, Inc. supports funeral professionals seeking CEU hours with a complimentary online program called WilbertEDU. Launched in November 2020, WilbertEDU has featured numerous presenters, all accomplished funeral professionals, and entrepreneurs, providing insight on a wide variety of deathcare topics. A full slate of sessions has already been presented by WilbertEDU in 2022. Participants have expressed their appreciation for the many industry-related topics including professional and staff development, embalming, children and death, cremation, cemetery development, legal and ethical issues, and many others, all from the comfort and convenience of their own homes and offices.