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For Immediate Release: December 21, 2011

CANA & NFDA Cremation Symposium Offers the Latest Business-building Knowledge

Brookfield, Wis. – To help funeral and cremation professionals gather practical strategies and ideas for building and enhancing their cremation businesses and discover a new level of success when serving families that choose cremation, the Cremation Association of North America (CANA) and the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) have once again partnered to co-host the Cremation Symposium, which will take place February 8-9, 2012 at The Conference Center at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev.

In addition to networking opportunities with colleagues and suppliers, symposium attendees will benefit from a packed schedule of relevant, interactive educational sessions led by the most knowledgeable, innovative and resourceful minds in funeral service.

  • How Large Companies are Managing Cremation, presented by Tom Snyder, Stewart Enterprises Inc.
  • Upping Your Game: What to Do When the Competition Levels the Playing Field, presented by Doug Gober, Live Oak Bank
  • Cremation Does Not Mean a Cheap Alternative to Burial, presented by Mike Nicodemus, Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home/Lynnhaven Crematory; Jeremy May, Alternative Funeral & Cremation Services; John Stephenson, Mt. Olivet Cemetery; and Dennis Werner, St. Michael's Cemetery & Crematory
  • The Evolution of a Green(er) Cremation, presented by Steve Schaal, Matthews International
  • Marketing Cremation in a Tough Economy, presented by Lynn Elliott, Media Demographics
  • Using Technology to Better Connect with Cremation Families, presented by Walker Posey, Posey Funeral Directors
  • Cremation Gardens: What Are They and What Do They Look Like?, presented by Dan Cable, EDA Land Planning
  • CANA Cremation Statistics and Idea Exchange, facilitated by Bob Boetticher Jr., Cloverdale Funeral Home, Cemetery and Crematory; and Sheri Stahl, The Island Funeral Home and Crematory
  • Cremation Litigation: Must-know Information, presented by Chris Farmer, Sheehy, Ware & Pappas

Industry suppliers will be on hand demonstrating their products and services, sharing their experiences and giving funeral and cremation professionals ideas about unique offerings for families that choose cremation.

The registration fee is:

On or before January 11, 2012

After January 11, 2012

CANA and NFDA Members

$495 per person

$595 per person


$695 per person

$795 per person


$189 per person

$239 per person

For complete information about the 2011 CANA & NFDA Cremation Symposium or to register, visit or call 800-228-6332.

CANA and NFDA have secured a limited number of hotel rooms at The Signature at MGM Grand at a discounted rate of only $105, plus tax and resort fee, per night. The Signature is an all-suite hotel adjacent to the famous MGM Grand. It features private balconies, pillow-top beds, flat-screen TVs, full kitchens and lavish bathrooms. Guests can enjoy swimming in one of three private pools, working out at the fitness center or enjoying a drink in The Lounge. With the resort fee guests receive Internet access in their suite and public areas, two bottles of water in their room per day, local and 800 number telephone calls, access to The Signature Fitness Center, in-suite coffee, and valet parking.

To reserve a room, call 800-929-1111 and mention the CANA/NFDA Cremation Symposium, group code "CCS999." Hotel reservations must be made by January 11, 2011, in order to receive the discounted rate.

About CANA

Founded in 1913, the Cremation Association of North America is an international association of more than 1,500 members, comprised of funeral directors, cemeteries, crematories, consultants, and suppliers. For more information, visit

About NFDA

NFDA is the world's leading and largest funeral service association, serving 18,500 individual members who represent nearly 10,000 funeral homes in the United States and 43 countries around the world. NFDA is the trusted leader, beacon for ethics and the strongest advocate for the profession. NFDA is the association of choice because it offers funeral professionals comprehensive educational resources, tools to manage successful businesses, guidance to become pillars in their communities and the expertise to foster future generations of funeral professionals. NFDA is headquartered in Brookfield, Wis., and has an office in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit

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