Patrick E. Lynch, owner and operator of Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors of Clawson, Mich., one of seven Lynch family owned firms in the suburban Detroit area, is the 2011-12 immediate past president of the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA).
A second-generation funeral director, Lynch and his family own and operate seven funeral homes in the suburban Detroit area. He is a 1972 graduate of Wayne State University Department of Mortuary Science, where he also served as class president.
An active member of his state and national associations, his presidency of the Michigan Funeral Directors Association (MFDA) was marked by the passage of landmark consumer protection legislation and a series of regional interdisciplinary conferences called "The Good Death, Good Grief and Good Funerals." These day-long symposia brought more than 1,600 clergy, hospice workers and funeral directors together in meetings around the state to discuss the continuum of care to the dying, the dead and the bereaved. Media interest in both the legislative and educational initiatives of MFDA cast a positive light on funerals and funeral directors in media markets around the state.
On a national level, Lynch has served as an at-large representative, secretary, treasurer and president-elect on NFDA's Executive Board. For more than 35 years, Lynch has taken on many roles within his national association, including serving on the following NFDA committees and work groups: Advocacy, Budget, Professional Development, Preneed, Public Relations, Consumer Campaign, Spokesperson, Exhibit Advisory, Pursuit of Excellence®, Audit and Operations; he is a member of NFDA's Heritage Club. Lynch also participated in NFDA's For a LIFE Worth Celebrating program, the Political Action Committee Phone-a-Thon and the World War II Memorial fundraising campaign.
Lynch enjoys speaking to high school groups, universities and medical and mortuary groups; he is a regular contributor to trade publications, such as The Director magazine. He is also a member of the Funeral Ethics Association, Michigan Embalmers Society, Cremation Association of North America and Embalmers Association of Ireland.
In October 2007, Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors was profiled in the FRONTLINE documentary, "The Undertaking," that aired on PBS. Portraying a moving, insightful view of funeral service, "The Undertaking" emphasized the important work funeral service professionals perform every day. On September 22, 2008, "The Undertaking" won an Emmy in the "Outstanding Arts & Culture Programming" category. More information about "The Undertaking" can be found at h.
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