About Funerals of the Future

Course Description

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. 

Course Curriculum

Course Features

  • Self-Paced Learning

    Learn at your own pace, proceeding from one topic to the next at a speed that works for you. Your course progress will be saved for when you return.

  • Online Convenience

    A fully online experience. With no required textbook and an online resource library, you can complete this course while on the go.

  • Professional Development

    Supplement your career with continuous learning, whether you're new to the funeral profession or a seasoned professional.

Pricing options

All prices include HST

Meet Your Instructor

  • Geoff Carnell

    Instructor & Founder

    Geoff Carnell

    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.

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