NYSFDA will once again be offering a Certified Celebrant Training, June 23 - 25, 2015 at our headquarters building in Albany. Our instructors will be Glenda Stansbury and Doug Manning of the In-Sight Institute.
This training is specifically designed for anyone interested in understanding the process of the funeral service and in learning how to personalize and design meaningful funerals or tributes. Our previous seminars have attracted a wide-variety of participants including: funeral directors; preneed and aftercare specialists; hospice professionals; clergy; chaplains; business people; and students.
The curriculum to be covered: articulating the value of the funeral; listening skills; family meetings; service planning; music and readings resources; eulogy writing; closing ceremonies; master of ceremonies; presentation skills; and developing the celebrant concept in the community.
Each spring NYSFDA conducts Regional Meetings throughout the state with the goal of discussing today’s most important issues with funeral directors and presenting an overall update of funeral service in New York. This year’s meetings will feature an update and live demonstration of the NYS EDRS by NYS Registrar Guy Warner and staff of the NYS Department of Health’s (NYSDOH) Bureau of Vital Records. FREE for NYSFDA members, $250 for non NYSFDA members. Earn 2 CEUs. CLICK HERE to register!
The NYSFDA Board of Directors recognizes that an organization is only as strong as its leaders. To ensure the continued success of the state association, and to develop the funeral service leaders of tomorrow, the Board approved the creation of the NYSFDA Leadership Academy. The Inaugural NYSFDA Leadership Academy was hugely successful, with eight NYSFDA members graduating in August 2014. (Read more about the 2014 NYSFDA Leadership Academy graduates.)
Strong, professional associations utilize the input, expertise and talents of their members in a number of ways. Service as a member of a key standing committee or ad hoc task force is an important way that members create the future of the association through creation of policy, member and public services, or the governance of the organization.
NYSFDA President-Elect Douglas Brueggemann, will soon be appointing committee and special task force members. The charge for each committee is outlined below. If you’re interested in serving on one or more of these committees, please complete and return the form to NYSFDA no later than Friday, July 3, 2015.
CLICK HERE for application.
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Two of the most authoritative voices in funeral service will come together in three locations across New York State to discuss The Good Funeral: Death, Grief & the Community of Care. Through their different lenses, one as a preacher and one as a funeral director, Thomas G. Long and Thomas Lynch alternately discuss several challenges facing “the good funeral,” including the commercial aspects that have led many to be suspicious of funeral directors, the sometimes tense relationship between pastors and funeral directors, the tendency of modern funerals to exclude the body from the service, and the rapid growth in cremation.
The NYS Tribute Foundation Proudly Presents:
The Good Funeral: Death, Grief & the Community of Care
A program by Tom Lynch and Tom Long
Seminar Locations (10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
- Tuesday, May 12, 2015 Hofstra University, Mack Sports Complex, Hempstead
- Wednesday, May 13, 2015 Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo
- Thursday, May 14, 2015 Oncenter - Nicholas J. Pirro Convention Center, Syracuse
Dr. Thomas G. Long is the Bandy Professor of Preaching at Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
Thomas Lynch is a writer and funeral director from Milford, Michigan. One of his books, The Undertaking, became an Emmy Award-winning PBS documentary.
The NYS Tribute Foundation and its presenters hope clergy and funeral directors in training, hospice care workers, and anyone involved with funerals will find this training useful. Bonnie L. McCullough, Executive Director of NYSFDA says the duo, “really pack a punch with an approach that opens the minds of their audience to the notion that the dead should not just be magically whisked away and ignored.”
HELP US! The social workers, hospice caregivers, bereavement counselors, clergy and educators will not hear the important messages provided in these wonderful forums if they are not there. We encourage funeral directors like YOU to help us reach out to them with warm invitations and enthusiasm, and see to it that the seats are packed at each location.
Because of generous funding from the NYS Tribute Foundation, there is absolutely no charge for NYSFDA members or caregivers to attend any of these sessions. Non-member funeral directors will be charged $199 to attend.
CLICK HERE to register!
- Funeral Directors: This course has been approved for 3 NYS CEUs.
- Nurses: This continuing nursing education activity has been submitted to ANA-Maine, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
- Clergy: This program may be used for continuing education credit for chaplains certified with Board of Chaplaincy Certification Inc.