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Page A34 JULY 2019 FUNERAL HOME & CEMETERY NEWS S ec t i on A 1-800-628-8809 www.MORTUARYLIFT.com NFDMA 82 nd Annual Convention Mobile, AL August 3 rd - 8 th BOOTH 617 NFDMA 82 nd Annual Convention Mobile, AL August 3 rd - 8 th B O O T H 3 0 5 Connecticut FDA Awards Family Support Services College Funds to Graduates Wallingford, who is graduating from Lyman High School inWallingford, will pursue a ca- reer in funeral services at Goodwin College in East Hartford this fall. Entries were submitted from Connecticut students across the state. To be eligible for the Connecticut Funeral Directors Associa- tion “Family Support Services Scholarship” program, candidates must have met the fol- lowing criteria: be a high school senior who graduated in June 2019; be a legal resident of the state of Connecticut; be pursuing a career that provides emotional, physical or medi- cal support to families; and have maintained at least a B grade point average in the 10th, 11th and 12th grades. All candidates submit- ted the application form and a current high school transcript and an essay responding to the question: Why did you decide to pursue a profession that supports families? The 130-year-old Connecticut Funeral Di- rectors Association is comprised of funeral di- rectors atmore than 220 funeral homes. Based in Wethersfield, CT, the professional organi- zation is committed to the promotion and advocacy of high ethical standards in funer- al service. This includes the development and presentation of ongoing professional training opportunities for practitioners and education- al programs for association members and the public. For more information about the Con- necticut Funeral Directors Association or its holiday collection drive, call 860-721-0234 or 800-919-2332, or visit www.ctfda.org. First-Ever Green Funeral Conference Scheduled for October WHEELING,IL— As a death care professional, you know it is essential to be prepared to meet family needs and provide expert guidance. Con- sumers want their funerals to reflect their lives, and that often includes incorporating green values. Though there are widely varying definitions of “green,” the requests for green fu- nerals, or even just greener options, will continue to increase. Over 200 United States cemeteries—nearly every state has at least one—offer some type of green burial option. Whether in natural burial grounds, conservation preserves, or hybrid cemeteries, it is becoming easier for those who want a green burial to have one. Not sure how to serve families who want a greener option? Or do you already of- fer these options but want to network and gain ideas for promoting them within your community? Join Passages International and the Cremation Association of North America October 2-4, 2019 in Albuquer- que, NM as they come together to explore the shades of green when it comes to funer- al practices. Then plan to stay through the weekend for the International Balloon Fies- ta! Additional details, including the full pro- gram and registration information, will be available soon on the CANA website. Founded in 1913, the Cremation Associa- tion of North America (CANA) is an inter- national organization of over 3,300 mem- bers, composed of funeral homes, cemeteries, crematories, industry suppliers, and consul- tants. CANA members believe that crema- tion is preparation for memorialization. Passages International, Inc. has been leading the green sector of the funeral industry since 1999, with the largest se- lection of innovative, environmentally- friendly urns, caskets, and memorial prod- ucts. Currently, Passages International is celebrating 20 years of working with fu- neral homes to meet the rapidly-increas- ing demand from families for non-tradi- tional and greener funeral alternatives. News Association ContinueD WETHERSFIELD,CT— The Connecticut Fu- neral Directors Association awarded college scholarship funds to eight state high school graduates pursuing careers in the “helping” professions. This is the 20th consecutive year that the association has presented $500 in college scholarship funds to one student in each of the state’s eight counties. CFDA’s board of directors and staff honored the 2019 recipients and their families at a special cer- emony on June 6, 2019 at the Water’s Edge Resort & Spa in Westbrook, CT. “We established our annual ‘Family Sup- port Services Scholarship’ funds program to encourage young women and men to fol- low their dreams and study for occupations that provide emotional, medical, or physical support to individuals and families – just as funeral directors do every day,” explains Ed- ward J. Sheehy, Jr, CFSP, CPC, CCO, a li- censed funeral director and the 2018/2019 president of CFDA. “This includes fields such as funeral service, counseling, social ser- vices, psychology, psychiatry, nursing, medi- cine, social work or gerontology. Every day, funeral directors support people during dif- ficult times of need, and we want to inspire students to consider jobs where they also can provide meaningful assistance to others.” The 2019 CFDA recipients are: Jenika Carrillo of Hartford, who is grad- uating from the Sport and Medical Scienc- es Academy in Hartford, will pursue a ca- reer in Clinical Child Psychology at Eastern Connecticut State University this fall; Kelly Frier of Middlesex County, who is graduat- ing from Sacred Heart Academy in Hamden, will pursue a career as a Physician Assistant at Quinnipiac University this fall; Meredith Godere of Norwich is graduating from Nor- wich Free Academy, will pursue a career in Nursing at Assumption College of Nursing in Worcester, MA this fall; Kylie Heneghan of Hebron, who is graduating from East Catholic High Schoo,l will pursue a career in Nursing at Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ this fall; Ivette Lopez of Willi- mantic who is graduating from Windham High School, will pursue a career in Nurs- ing at University of Connecticut this fall; Mi- chael Quinn of Brookfield, who is graduat- ing fromBrookfieldHigh School, will pursue a career in Medicine at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, PA this fall; Gina Paradi- so of New Milford, who is graduating from New Milford High School, will pursue a ca- reer in Occupational Therapy at Quinnipiac University this fall; and Rebeca Williams of