About The Gift of Life

Funeral service organizations both in Canada and the United States have recognized the role they can play, along with their members, in creating meaning — for families, for society — out of death. When faced with the loss of a loved one, many people are unaware of the charitable options, financial benefits, and anatomical donation considerations available to them. 

But who is in charge of authorizing these decisions? What legislation needs to be considered? Are there ethical considerations to be made? 

From organ donation to donating your body to medical science, funeral planners and directors must be familiar with these choices, why individuals choose them, and how to guide families through their often complicated processes.

This course will examine organ donation, donating to science, and charitable giving in depth, in order to better enable funeral planners and directors to guide families through the legislative and ethical considerations of “the gift of life.” 

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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