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National Funeral Directors Association: A Message of Support for the Families of the Victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17
For Immediate Release: July 23, 2014
Brookfield, Wis. – The members of the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) extend sincere condolences to the families of those who were killed aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on July 17.
Delaying the identification and return of victims' bodies causes additional pain and grief to those who mourn. NFDA urges all parties to demonstrate compassion to victims' families by returning the bodies of those who died as swiftly possible so that grieving family and friends can lay their loved ones to rest and begin the healing process.
Funeral Directors: Earn Your Cremation Certification at the NFDA Headquarters in Wisconsin
With the increasing rate of cremation, it's more important than ever for you to be fully prepared to serve families that choose cremation. That includes having a firm grasp on your professional and ethical responsibilities to the families you serve. NFDA's new Certified Crematory Operator (CCO) Program was developed for all funeral professionals, whether they use a third-party crematory, own or operate their own crematory, or are thinking of owning a crematory. After completing the program, you will have a thorough understand your legal and ethical obligations during the entire cremation process, from the moment you take a decedent into your care, until you return the cremated remains to the family. The next CCO program will take place on July 29 in Brookfield, Wis., at the NFDA headquarters.
Free Webinar Series - Taking The Talk Out Into Your Community
Thursday, July 24, 1-2 p.m. CT
Learn how to improve consumer attitudes towards memorialization. Register for this free Funeral and Memorial Information Council (FAMIC) webinar during which you will learn more about the Have the Talk of a Lifetime initiative, discover the campaign materials that are available to you free of charge and hear how your fellow funeral directors are implementing the campaign in their communities. Space is limited! Click here to register. This is the second of three webinars about FAMIC's Have the Talk of a Lifetime campaign. To learn more about Have the Talk, visit www.nfda.org/havethetalk.
160 Funeral Professionals Have Earned New NFDA Certified Crematory Operator Designation in 2014
For Immediate Release: July 21, 2014
Brookfield, Wis. – The National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) Certified Crematory Operator (CCO) Program is off to a strong start in 2014. The CCO designation has been conferred on 160 funeral professionals to-date this year; they join the 131 funeral directors who earned the designation after the program launched in September 2013. As the profession's recognized certification seminar, the NFDA CCO Program offers a unique perspective from the funeral director's point of view.
FAMIC Unveils New Have the Talk of a Lifetime Workbook
Posted: July 21, 2014
NFDA is proud to support the Funeral and Memorial Information Council's (FAMIC) national consumer education campaign, Have the Talk of a Lifetime, and encourages you to get involved. This campaign will help consumers understand that every life is special and worthy of remembering with a meaningful funeral or memorial service. With your help, the campaign will be successful and we will begin to change consumer attitudes toward memorialization. FAMIC recently unveiled a new 14-page workbook that will help families in your community to "have the talk" with their loved ones.
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