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Help Educate End-of-life Caregivers About the Value of Funerals

Do your local hospice, clergy, grief counselors and other end-of-life care providers understand the value of having a funeral? In conjunction with the upcoming NFDA International Convention & Expo in Austin, TX, NFDA is offering a special webinar, End of Life Care: From One Set of Caring Arms to Another, on October 21, 2013, 1-3 p.m. CT, for funeral professionals, hospice caregivers, clergy and grief/bereavement professionals.

This webcast is an extraordinary opportunity to see an all-star panel of experts share important insights into how hospice professionals, funeral directors, members of the clergy and grief counselors can come together to support those at the end of life. Learn how each vocation has a specific role in serving client families and how collaborative efforts can provide a continuum of care at the end-of-life.


  • Robert Friedman MD, FAAHPM, the Chief Medical Officer at Hospice Austin in Austin, TX
  • Dr. Thomas G. Long, the Bandy Professor of Preaching at Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, GA
  • Thomas Lynch, a writer and funeral director from Milford, MI
  • Dr. Alan Wolfelt, an author, educator and grief counselor

You and your staff are, of course, invited to view the free webcast.

Let this panel tell your story! Invite hospice professionals, clergy, grief counselors and other caregivers in your community to watch the webcast. To help you spread the word in your community, you can download:

  • Sample text that can be used in an email or letter to local care providers.
  • A flyer that should be sent with the letter (the flyer contains information about how to log in to the webcast; advance registration is not required.)

You can make a difference! Take advantage of this exceptional opportunity to educate end-of-life caregivers in your community about the importance of funerals.

If you have questions about how to use these materials in your community, please contact your NFDA member services representative at 800-228-6332.

UPDATE: This webcast will be recorded and will be available for viewing at a later date. Stay tuned to for details about when it will be available.

As another way of educating caregivers about the value of funerals and memorialization and the unique expertise that funeral directors provide, NFDA is inviting hospice professionals to attend the last day of the NFDA Convention as its guests. This educational opportunity comes as a result of a relationship NFDA has formed with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization to help hospice professionals and funeral directors come together to work collaboratively on helping families at the end-of-life.

As NFDA's invited guests, on October 23, hospice providers will participate in convention events alongside fuenral professionals. Hospice caregivers will have complimentary access to:

  • Select educational sessions on burnout in caregivers and grief and healing following the death of a loved one – two topics that are very relevant to their interests
  • The Expo Hall where they can to learn about the newest products, services and innovations that you use every day use to create personal and meaningful funerals and memorial services for the families they serve
  • An inspirational (and fun!) keynote presentation, Building a Better You, by Bryan Dodge
  • A special speaking engagement, Why Funerals Matter, with Dr. Thomas G. Long and Thomas Lynch

We are working with our members in Texas to extend a personal invitation to hospice professionals.

For many years, NFDA representatives have been warmly welcomed at hospice conferences. We encourage you to extend that same warm welcome to hospice professionals who attend the NFDA Convention. Use this as an opportunity to listen and learn from them as they listen and learn from funeral service.