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Page A35 JULY 2019 FUNERAL HOME & CEMETERY NEWS S ec t i on A Perfect Your Skills: NFDA to host its Second Embalming & Restorative Art Seminar in August 2019 BROOKFIELD,WI— Embalmers of all skill levels are invited to learn from some of the funeral profession’s preeminent experts during the National Funeral Directors Association’s (NFDA) second Embalming & Restorative Art Seminar of 2019, taking place August 15-16 at John A. Gupton Col- lege in Nashville, TN. The dynamic and engaging NFDA Em- balming and Restorative Art Seminar offers both experienced and novice embalmers an opportunity to cultivate their knowledge and techniques; everything they learn can be immediately applied when they return to their funeral home. The seminar will be led by some of the country’s most respected authorities on embalming and restorative art: Dominick J. Astorino, CFSP, MBIE, ad- junct faculty at Wayne State University De- partment of Mortuary Science and managing director and embalmer at Wujek-Calca- terra & Sons Inc. in Detroit, MI; Scott Gilligan, NFDA general counsel and own- Embalmers will also have a chance to refine their skills during the 2019 NFDA International Convention & Expo, tak- ing place October 27-30 in Chicago, IL. Vernie Fountain, CFSP, will present a preconvention seminar on Sunday, Octo- ber 27, Embalming and Reconstructive Techniques for Trauma, Including Organ and Tissue Cases (additional registration required). Convention attendees will be able to par- take in the following workshops on em- balming and restorative art: Reconstructive Techniques for Severe Trauma presented by Jason Mishler, CFSP; Post-procurement Embalming Best Practices presented by Thomas Buist ; From the Cot to the Cha- pel presented by Wallace Hooker, CFSP, MBIE; and Elevate Your Embalming Skills Now! Presented by Matt Smith. Complete details about the 2019 NFDA International Convention & Expo can be found online, www.nfda.org/chicago2019. Embalmers who have questions about how to approach a challenge they face in the prep room or want to share a tip that has helped them in the past can visit the online “Embalmers’ Community.” Ex- clusively for NFDA members, the online community is a place to share ideas and collaborate with peers. The “Embalmers’ Community” can be found on the NFDA website, www.nfda.org (click on the “Re- sources” link at the top of the page; choose “Online Communities” from the menu). For some embalmers, traveling to a con- ference may not fit with the demands of their business. NFDA offers several on- line learning courses focused on technical skills that enable funeral professionals to boost their skills wherever and whenever they have internet access. Courses cover embalming risk management, caring for obese individuals, soft tissue repair, trau- ma cases and more. A full list of NFDA online learning courses can be found on the association’s website, www.nfda.org/olc. NFDA developed a consumer brochure, Embalming: Answers to Your Questions. This brochure helps families understand the embalming process, the value of viewings and visitations as part of end-of-life rituals, and answers common questions they may have. The brochure can be ordered through the NFDA Resource Store, www.nfda.org/ store, or by calling 800-228-6332. Funeral directors may also want to encourage families they serve to visit NFDA’s new consumer-facing website, www.RememberingALife.com, which serves as a guide to honoring a life well- lived, from planning a tribute to mourn- ing a loved one. The site offers guidance on how to start the planning process, the kinds of decisions families will make, and the many options available to make a tribute personal and meaningful. The site highlights information on service op- tions (including embalming and the val- ue of viewing); details about cremation and burial; and prefunding options. er of Gilligan Law Offices in Cincinnati, OH; Wal- lace Hooker, CFSP, MBIE, owner, funeral director and embalmer at Family & Friends Funeral Home in Wingate, IN; and Amanda Marie Ellis King, licensed funeral director and em- balmer from Springfield, MO. These noted experts will lead sessions on a variety of topics, including embalm- ing procedures and tech- niques for all experience levels; advanced restorative art techniques to help make the most difficult cases pre- sentable; the application of cosmetics; and how to manage risk and reduce li- ability exposure. Participants in the inau- gural Embalming & Re- storative Art Seminar in 2018 raved about the pro- gram. One attendee said, “I would highly recommend this conference for any fu- neral director – from ap- prentice to 50-year licensee – everyone will benefit from it, whether you learn a new embalming/restoration tip or renew your passion for what we do for families.” Complete details about the August 2019 NFDA Embalming & Restor- ative Art Seminar in Nash- ville, including informa- tion on how to register, can be found on the NFDA website, www.nfda.org/ embalmingseminar . PO Box 5159 Youngstown, OH 44514 Fax 1-800-321-9040 press_releases@nomispublications.com www.nomispublications.com Send Us Your News! 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