Tag: funeral education

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NFDA puts blitz on Baltimore

I recently received an e-mail from the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) informing me of the NFDA International Convention and Expo that will be taking place in Baltimore, Maryland, from October 9-12, 2022.  After two years of having to worry about Covid, I figured it is time to get it on my calendar and be taking part again. . . . . .I don’t know what the attendance for last fall’s expo was, but I’m pretty sure that with the […]

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News you can Use

Once again I’ve had some things pile up on my desk that I feel are important for readers to have available to them, but I just cannot fit them into feature articles.  Included in this batch of linked features are information on the NFDA’s Emerging Leaders program, NFDA podcasts, information on the Cremation Association of North America’s Peer Support Network, information on learning how to use social media to your advantage, and information on how to “Navigate the Inflation Tax”. […]

Business Regulations

Funeral directors, employee shortages, and death care license requirements

Today we bring you this interesting article from the Iowa Capital Dispatch concerning a potential funeral director who believed he needed a waiver to receive his Iowa Funeral Directors License.  One of the requirements for licensure by the Iowa Board of Mortuary Science is that the applicant has completed 60 college credit hours and maintained a minimum of a 2.0 grade point average (GPA) relative to those earned credits. The article tells the story of Andrew Merschman who had completed […]


The bartender becomes a mortician

I don’t know if it is just me or others see it too.  For years funeral directors seemed to work in anonymity, but when someone called us we were always there to answer.  However, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, I seem to think that funeral directors and morticians are finally seen in our society for the good we do. I also think that is a good thing. . . and that it will lead to better things in the future.  […]

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News you can use

In an effort to get you more information to learn more and more about your profession, Funeral Director Daily brings you these opportunities that have been sent to us for your information.   From the National Funeral Director’s Association: A Brush with Death podcast — Going Green: Another funeral option.  Podcast #23 in a series this podcast interviews Amy Cunningham, a New York City funeral director and celebrant who specializes in Green Burials. NFDA Webinar –– “The Success or Failure […]

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Students, scholarships, and a way you can help

It is interesting that I came across this article as I was thinking of a topic for today’s column.  One of the items that I have been thinking about lately was the COVID relief bill that passed the Senate last weekend and passed the House on Wednesday.  It is expected to bring $1.9 trillion in aid to a multitude of different areas of our economy.  Part of that aid is expected to go to colleges and universities to help both […]

Afternoon Edition

Afternoon Edition: Director/Agent license revoked, educational opportunities

In today’s Afternoon Edition we bring you opportunities to continue to learn with a webinar from Disrupt Media and the Cremation Association of North America (CANA), a new podcast from the National Funeral Directors Association, and a useful article from Clifton Larson Allen on planning an exit from your business. We also have a couple of news stories that came in over the weekend including one on a funeral director/insurance agent in Wisconsin who has had his insurance license be […]

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Afternoon edition: Opportunities for professionals. . . and just news

In today’s afternoon edition we have a little something for everybody.  We’ve got information on educational opportunities coming up for industry professionals dealing with everything from attracting consumers to your funeral home to insights on the financial markets, to podcasts on interesting topics from the National Funeral Directors Association. On the news front there are stories on local funeral homes doing good work in their communities to a story on Tuesday nights Chicago shooting as mourners were exiting a funeral […]


COVID-19 and its possible effects on the funeral profession

As I dwell on what is going on currently – such as the market rebounding to its past level, businesses opening up across the country, and school administrators deciding on how to safely open up for classes in the Fall, I cannot help but wonder if the funeral profession will have ramifications because of the three month period we have just went through. Let’s see, across the country we have had mass layoffs bordering on the unemployment statistics of the […]


News funeral professionals can use

In our continuing efforts to keep death care professionals up to date on information available to the profession we pass these items along to you.  Please feel free to share with colleagues and others in the industry. Webinar:  NFDA Town Hall.  This informational webinar is brought to us by the National Funeral Directors Association.  Its two-fold purpose is to introduce NFDA members to five funeral industry colleagues who are at large board candidates for NFDA board positions.  Secondly, NFDA Counsel […]