Law Enforcement Line of Duty Deaths: An Approach for Small Funeral Homes
Henry Johnston, CFSP, General Manager, Johnston & Williams Funeral Home
On March 19, 2019, Kittitas County, Washington, lost one of our finest when Deputy Ryan Thompson was killed in the line of duty. The shooter was killed as part of the incident. In the ten days that followed, the Johnston & Williams Funeral Home was tasked with caring for Deputy Thompson's funeral arrangements. This small firm resides in a community with less than 50,000 people and employs one licensee, an administrative assistant, and a couple of part-time helpers. Johnston will share what to expect with a death of this magnitude, things to think about in advance should a tragedy like this occur in your community and thoughts on the professional and ethical implications of handling public services for both the slain officer and the person responsible.
Facing the Judge: How Proper Paperwork Can Save Your Firm
Michael Nicodemus, Vice President, Cremation Services, NFDA
This program is designed to help funeral directors better understand the importance of having the proper paperwork. Inaccurate, incomplete, and inferior paperwork can cause the funeral home considerable damage in a court of law if the funeral director has not taken the time to be sure all paperwork is filled in correctly. Proper documentation is of the utmost importance when defending yourself in front of a judge and jury.
How to Navigate Digital Remains
Jarred Harrington, CFSP, Alden-Harrington Funeral Home
After our physical remains are laid to rest, our digital remains become the story told to generations that follow. Help your client families understand and navigate the digital world and what is left behind online following a death. Discover the latest information about options for families, including how to use social media to notify networks, assign the rights to digital property, and delete a digital existence. Learn to present new and existing funeral home options to an uninformed client to bridge knowledge gaps.
From Donation to Goodbye
Kelley Romanowski, Funeral Director, LifeSource
Melinda Van Waus, Funeral Director, LifeSource
Re-examine embalming, and restorative techniques post tissue recovery. Instructors will discuss step-by-step practical and innovative ideas regarding the care of a tissue donor and the necessary supplies needed at the funeral home. Learn the importance of surgical techniques during the recovery and how they can impact the embalming process. You will walk away with an understanding of how funeral service partners and tissue donation teams can best work together for the families they serve.