8 - 9 a.m. - Therapy From Man's Best Friend
Mark Krause, Owner, Krause Funeral Homes;
Bennie Krause, Certified Grief Therapy Dog
According to an NFDA consumer survey, more than half of survey participants said they would be somewhat, very, or extremely interested in having a therapy dog at a funeral or memorial service. This session will examine the history of therapy dogs, explore the different types of service dogs, and review the healing effects of therapy dogs, both mental and physical. You'll discover resources to begin the search and learn the pros and cons of a therapy dog for your firm.
8 -9 a.m. - The Youth & Funerals Initiative: Connecting With Your Community
Kelly Manion, Director of Communication, Funeral Service Foundation
The death of a loved one is a painful and often overwhelming experience at any age, but for children it might be confusing or scary if they are not given honest information or are left out of the funeral and memorialization process. Using the Youth & Funerals initiative as the foundation, we will explore the important role funerals and memorialization play in the lives of grieving children, and how the tools and resources available can help you build meaningful relationships with the families and communities you serve.
12:45 - 2 p.m. - General Session: Honor, Duty, Sacrifice
Ethan Morse, Filmmaker, U.S. Army veteran, Tomb Guard Sentinel
Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the documentary series Honor Guard with producer Ethan Morse. Narrated by Academy Award-nominated actor Sam Elliot, the series showcases the inspiring dedication that members of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment ("The Old Guard") unceasingly exhibit to pay their respects to those who gave all. Filmed throughout our nation's scenic capital region, this documentary highlights the mission, training, history and impact of the soldiers in The Old Guard, the oldest and most prestigious active-duty infantry unit in the U.S. Army.
2:15 - 3:15 pm. - Special pre-screening of Honor Guard
Narrated by Academy Award-nominated actor Sam Elliott, the series showcases the inspiring dedication that members of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (“The Old Guard”) unceasingly exhibit to pay their respects to those who gave all. Filmed throughout our nation’s scenic capital region, this documentary highlights the mission, training, history and impact of the soldiers in The Old Guard, the oldest and most prestigious active-duty infantry unit in the U.S. Army.
2:15 - 5:15 p.m. - Active Shooter Preparedness Training: A Community Approach
Megan Drohan, Protective Security Advisor, U.S. Department of Homeland Security;
Greg Cannon, President & CEO, Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors
Law-enforcement officers and agencies are frequently asked by schools, businesses and community members for direction and presentations on what to do if confronted by an active shooter event. An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing, or attempting to kill, people in a confined and/or other populated area. In most cases, active shooters use firearms and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims. Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. Funeral home staff can help prepare for potential active shooter situations. This course provides guidance to funeral directors, including managers and employees, so they can prepare to respond to an active shooter situation to protect their staff and client families. Learn tried-and-true methods for integrating your funeral home staff and name into the community in a non-threatening and useful way.
See the full agenda for Wednesday, October 30