CANA’s 2023 Cremation Symposium: The Young and The Restless

CANA Funeral Industry News Funeral Industry Press Releases January 24, 2023
CANA Leili McMurrough

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CANA’s 2023 Cremation Symposium: The Young and The Restless

WHEELING, IL— Are you looking to resolve the gap in expectations between funeral home hiring managers and modern apprentices? Employers seek the Energizer Bunny—inexhaustible, cost-efficient labor—while employees are prioritizing work/life balance, benefits, and a living wage. What’s to be done?

Leili McMurrough will help to make sense of it all in a very special session, The Young and the Restless, at CANA’s 2023 Cremation Symposium in Las Vegas. She’ll provide you with problem-solving strategies that can make all the difference. When employers and employees don’t see eye-to-eye, it’s difficult to find good candidates to fill critical roles. Even more importantly, this disconnect has caused an exodus of hard-working, dedicated professionals in pursuit of other careers.

“What are the things that you’re putting in place now for these workers?” asks Leili McMurrough. “Because if you’re thinking, ‘Well, I’ll just wait,’ what you’re waiting for is not necessarily coming. Millennials make up about 75% of the workplace. Planning for the future must include the millennial and gen z employee.”

As a licensed funeral director and embalmer at McMurrough Funeral Chapel, Leili is no stranger to the hiring issues that pervade our profession. But her role as Program Director of Worsham College of Mortuary Science means she is also tapped into your future employees. Her presentation will include perspectives from mortuary students, recent graduates, apprentices, and first-year funeral directors as well as insights on implementing an “employee-centered” perspective at your business.

McMurrough is joined by these experts with ideas to ignite your employees’ passion for service:

  • In The Right Way of Management: Meaning and Purpose for Your People, Eric Layer will share proven research and strategies from inside and outside the funeral business from his consulting firm McKee Wallwork and 2020 book The Right Way of Death.
  • Jason Widing of Foundation Partners Group will reveal new data to help you understand how to align your business’s culture with Online Deathcare: Evolving Consumer Expectations to succeed.
  • Will de Michaelis and Tyler Yamasaki promise A Gentle Fireside Chat about adopting technology solutions to improve workforce and families’ satisfaction during their session: Efficiency or Die.
  • Jonathan Lewis, president of consulting firm McKee Wallwork + Co., leads a discussion on how to understand the big picture of your company’s health during his Culture Compass workshop.
  • Emerging Trends will spark debate on the changes to the FTC Funeral Rule, split licensure, and new forms of disposition moderated by CANA President and SCI AVP of Government and Industry Relations Caressa Hughes.
  • …plus, presenters will host Roundtable Conversations on their areas of expertise!

Discuss the challenges your business is facing today with fellow cremation professionals and share in the solutions you find together. CANA’s 2023 Cremation Symposium places networking at the center so you walk away reenergized for the year ahead. Plus, your evenings are free to enjoy a Las Vegas getaway so you return to your office inspired and refreshed!

Ready your business for tomorrow’s hire with Leili McMurrough! Join CANA for the 2023 Cremation Symposium February 8-10, 2023 at The LINQ Hotel + Experience in Las Vegas. Visit to see what else we have planned for the event and register to join other cremation business owners and managers from across the country.

About CANA

Founded in 1913, the Cremation Association of North America (CANA) is an international organization of over 3,500 members, composed of funeral homes, cemeteries, crematories, industry suppliers, and consultants. CANA members believe that cremation is preparation for memorialization.