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Page A27 JANUARY 2020 FUNERAL HOME & CEMETERY NEWS S ec t i on A Call 651-450-7727 to request a wholesale catalog, Our Extra-Large Cremains Bags (13”x 15”) are perfectly sized for the Standard Plastic Human Service Urn. or visit UrnBags.com to order some bags. Just $2.90 each*. * Bags sold in multiples of 10 Choose from Black, Blue, or Burgundy iccfa.com Membership That Matters. coMe TogeTher wiTh The iccFA Come together with all segments of our profession by joining the ICCFA. When deathcare professionals come together, we create better solutions to problems, learn how to better serve our families and create life-long connections with our peers. Membership with the ICCFA gives you access to member networking events, money-saving member- only offers, discounted educational events and so much more. Join today at iccfa.com/together . CHICAGO,IL— The National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) 2019 International Con- vention and Expo, held October 27-30 in Chica- go, IL drew 6,116 total attendees (3,701 attendees and 2,415 exhibitor representatives). A total of 491 international attendees, representing 44 countries and territories, participated in the 2019 NFDA Convention. The 250,000-square-foot expo hall featured 390 exhibiting companies. The NFDA convention proved to be an extraor- dinary experience for all who were able to attend. NFDA Convention Highlights 2019 NFDA Convention Helps Attendees Plan for the Future Continued on Page A31 The convention featured through-provoking work- shops, many of which were at or near capacity. At- tendees were challenged to think about funeral ser- vice in new ways. Dynamic presenters helped attendees plan for the future while offering practical strate- gies to help them meet the evolving needs and desires of the bereaved families in the present. The expo hall was a high- light for many attendees because, in addition to connecting with their val- ued supplier partners, they also discovered new prod- ucts and services they can offer to families in their communities. Attendees also explored benefits available to vet- erans in the Salute to Ser- vice pavilion, met therapy dogs (and puppies-in-train- ing) in the Pause for Paws booth, explored hot top- ics in funeral service during 20-minute mini-workshops in the Tailgate Exchange, and discovered career- building resources in the Funeral Career Center. Whether attendees chan- neled their inner Jake or Elwood during the live- ly Welcome Party at Navy Pier or explored the depths of the oceans during An Evening Under the Sea, the fabulous closing par- ty at the Shedd Aquari- um, attendees had many opportunities to network and have fun with funer- al directors from around the globe while experienc- ing everything that makes Chicago one of the coun- try’s greatest cities. Giving Hearts On Saturday, October 26, nearly 20 volunteers shared their time and talents with Habitat for Humanity Chi- cago. This year’s volunteers worked in a neighborhood in which several homes were be- ing constructed by Habitat for Humanity volunteers. Among other tasks, the NFDA volun- teers help construct a fence for News Funeral Home & Cemetery online Visit our website at www.nomispublications.com