NYSFDA's Suicide Postvention Training Program
Funeral directors have a key opportunity to help facilitate the development of a community response team of professionals who know what to do, are trained and prepared to act, and have an action plan to mobilize in a coordinated and comprehensive way.
Since funeral directors are some of the first people families contact following a suicide death, they play a critical role in recognizing the impact a suicide death leaves on the family and community, along with connecting the immediate family and other survivors with resources, support, and guidance for memorial and funeral services. While supporting these vulnerable families, funeral directors can help to reduce the shame and stigma often associated with suicide by using appropriate language and understanding the complexity of suicide-related grief. In addition, research suggests that knowing someone who has died by suicide is one of the highest risk factors for suicide, so taking steps to reduce risk and promote healing (‘postvention’) becomes an integral part of a community’s suicide prevention efforts.
The 4-hour CONNECT program is much more than an off-the-shelf manual, on-line seminar or “toolkit.” This interactive training includes lecture, case scenario activities, facilitated discussion, printed materials, and nationally-designated best practice protocols. CONNECT introduces the steps to reduce risk of contagion while encouraging appropriate funeral and memorial services, safe messaging and media response.
The most successful members are those that put the highest premium on education. During the past year, NYSFDA has offered a broad range of programming designed to provide firm owners, managers, and individual licensees with the tools they need to care for today’s consumer. Education is delivered via technology, individual seminars at local associations, statewide training programs, and the Convention.
1. NYS Final Disposition Law Webinar
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 • 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
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NYSFDA’s Randy L. McCullough and Marianne Reid will examine the four pillars of what comprise Section 4201 of the NYS Public Health Law, New York State’s groundbreaking “Final Disposition Law” that was enacted in 2006-07. These are the Next-of-Kin Hierarchy; Agent Designation Form and process; resolving family disputes; and securing greater liability protection for funeral directors. This webinar will provide 1 NYS Law CEU. FREE for NYSFDA members / $199 for non-members.
2. Roadmap to the Affordable Care Act for Funeral Homes Webinar
Thursday, May 22, 2014 • 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
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Krista Drobac knows health care! Drobac, a Policy Advisor in DLA Piper’s Health Care Policy and Regulatory group, based in Washington, DC, will provide strategic advice to funeral homes on how to take advantage of the Affordable Care Act. This webinar will provide 1 CEU. FREE for NYSFDA members / $199 for non-members.
Each training will conclude with a period for questions and answers from participants. To view a listing of other upcoming CEUs, please visit our calendar HERE.
SympathyNotes.org: A candid discussion about the end of life viewed through the eyes of a journalist.
ALBANY, NY (April 15, 2014) — Today is April 15th and as Benjamin Franklin famously wrote in 1789, ". . . nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes."
Although we can't answer specific questions about filing a 2013 tax return, the New York State Funeral Directors Association, Inc. (NYSFDA), has developed an informative blog, SympathyNotes.org.
The blog is a modern discussion about death and grieving for both consumers and funeral directors on a variety of topics including funerals and memorialization; surviving a loss; preplanning a funeral; final disposition of remains; honoring veterans; and careers in funeral service.
SympathyNotes' main contributor is Ed Munger, Jr. Ed oversees social media channels and assists with communications for NYSFDA. Ed was previously a newspaper reporter in the Capital District, writing more than 5,000 stories and winning several prestigious awards from the NYS Associated Press Association.
Follow the conversation on Twitter @sympathynotes.
Making an estate plan and preplanning your funeral now will take only a few hours of your time but will bestow an enormous benefit on your survivors by relieving them of the burden of guessing about your last wishes. We recently had the opportunity to sit down with estate attorney, Deborah A. Slezak who provided some valuable tips. Her practice is concentrated primarily in the areas of elder law, estate planning and administration. She has chaired and lectured at the New York State Bar Association’s Basics of Elder Law program several times as well as for the Advanced Document Drafting for the Elder Law Practitioner. In 2013, Slezak updated two of the NYS Tribute Foundation’s publications, When A Death Occurs and Personal and Financial Affairs Checklist for End-of-Life Planning.
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