About Funerals of the Future
Is the future of the funeral, as we know it, secure? Nowadays, whenever a group of funeral directors get together the conversation invariably shifts to how rapidly changes are occurring in the industry. At a recent seminar, a funeral director mused that he has seen more changes in the past year than in his previous 27 years in the profession.
Like any industry, the funeral and memorialization industry continually undergoes change. In order for funeral planners and directors to continue to provide care, make informed and meaningful recommendations to families, and meet the needs and wishes of an increasingly diverse population, they must constantly look toward the future of the funeral profession.
When we look toward the future of this industry, what do we see?
What role will the environment play? What trends will continue, and which will dissolve? What effect will increasing cremation rates have? How can the profession prepare for expected and unexpected changes?
This course will examine these questions and more in order to build an understanding of what funerals of the future might look like and develop a skill set to meet this future head-on with preparation and an open mind.
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CHAPTER 1: Funeral Service and The Environment
CHAPTER 2: Green Alternatives
CHAPTER 3: Changing Burial Trends
CHAPTER 4: Preparing for the Future
Before we begin...
Introduction The Use of Formaldehyde The Use of Formaldehyde Cont'd Test Your Learning Preparation Room Waste Disposal Preparation Room Waste Disposal Cont'd Test Your Learning Crematory Air Emissions ‘No way he's going to put a crematory in my neighborhood' Test Your Learning Crematory Air Emissions Cont'd Chapter Completion
Introduction Terminology Terminology Cont'd Terminology Cont'd Case Study Case Study Cont'd Test Your Learning Products, Services, and Processes Test Your Learning Green Cremation Green Cremation Cont'd Green Cremation Cont'd Green Cremation Cont'd Chapter Completion
Introduction Increasing Cremation Rates Test Your Learning Increasing Cremation Rates Cont'd The Role of Religion The Role of Religion Cont'd Role of Religion Cont'd The Funeral Celebrant The Funeral Celebrant Cont'd "Unresolved Grief" Test Your Learning The Funeral Celebrant Cont'd Chapter Completion
Introduction Traditions of the Past Traditions of the Past Cont'd Facility Changes Facility Changes Cont'd Test Your Learning Test Your Learning Other "Trends" Chapter Competition
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Meet Your Instructor
Instructor & Founder
Geoff Carnell entered the funeral profession quite suddenly. After his father died unexpectedly in 1987, Geoff went to their family-owned funeral home to plan his father’s funeral as the new owner. He was 34 and the 6th generation in the family business. As a Professional Engineer, he was able to bring a different perspective to the funeral home profession. Since becoming the full-time president of Carnell’s Funeral Home Ltd. in 1988, he has installed a crematorium, created showrooms for caskets and cremation options, reconfigured and enlarged the on-site chapel, developed a passion for writing about the profession, and published two books: “When the Sun Sets, A guide to Funeral Planning” for a Canadian audience and “The Complete Guide to Funeral Planning, How to Arrange the Appropriate Funeral,” for the American public.