August 2022

Page A29 August 2022 FUNERAL HOME & CEMETERY NEWS Se c t i on A Nadene Cover-Up Cosmetics Ltd. A name you know. . . . . . Products you trust 800-531-9744 Fax 903-641-0383 TEMPORARYMARKER No grave should go unmarked Follow Us! 800 798-4900 www. Help your families locate graves and memorialize their loved ones before their marker is produced. BROOKFIELD,WI— Registration and housing are open for the 2022 National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) International Convention & Expo. Taking place October 9-12 in Baltimore, MD, the world’s largest funeral service event will offer funeral service professionals a chance to break through the noise and build the skills and knowledge needed to serve modern funeral consumers and build thriving businesses. NFDA has invited three keynote speakers to help attendees thrive in these uncertain times. On Monday, Stories That Stick: The Irresistible Power of Strategic Storytelling will be presented by Kindra Hall, award-winning author and storytelling expert. Tuesday brings The Way Forward: Mastering Life’s Toughest Battles and Discovering Your Purpose with presenter Sergeant Dakota Meyer, U.S. Marine Corps veteran and Medal of Honor recipient. Embrace Your Thoughts, Elevate Your Life is the final keynote to be presented by John O’Leary, author, motivational speaker, and host of the “Live Inspired” podcast on Wednesday. Extraordinary education sessions will tackle vital issues. The progressive education funeral professionals need to build growing businesses that serve families and communities can only be found at the NFDA Convention. Engaging education sessions will cover technical skills, business management, the value of ceremony, cremation, marketing and community outreach. To help funeral service professionals build upon their foundation of skills, NFDA has planned more than 30 engaging education sessions, in addition, NFDA will offer four preconvention seminars. The NFDA Convention features the world’s largest funeral service trade show, offering the newest products, services, and innovations from around the world. Many exhibitors plan to introduce new products and services during the convention. The Expo Hall will be open October 10 and 11 from noon to 5 p.m.; and October 12 from 9 a.m. to noon. NFDA booths in the Expo Hall allow attendees to learn about the association’s advocacy efforts in Washington, DC; the Pursuit of Excellence Award Program; saving time and money with NFDA Endorsed Providers; resources for connecting with consumers through Remembering A Life; how to hire quality employees or find a job using NFDA’s Funeral Career Center; and staying informed with NFDA Publications. Funeral home owners who want to discover the benefits a therapy dog can bring to their firm – and meet certified dogs and puppies-in-training – should visit the Pause for Paws booth, sponsored by Thumbies and Ultimate Canine. NFDA is giving attendees a chance to win phenomenal prizes during the Great Big Giveaway on October 12. When attendees visit the booths of NFDA’s valued sponsors on Wednesday morning they will be entered to win a variety of exciting prizes, including the grand prize of a trip to the 2023 NFDA International Convention & Expo in Las Vegas, NV. Winners will be announced during the Wednesday General Session (must be present to win). A lot of networking happens during education sessions and in the Expo Hall, but NFDA’s distinct events will give attendees an opportunity to create new connections and renew old ones. Special events, planned exclusively for NFDA Convention attendees, will showcase the energy and excitement of Baltimore. On Saturday, October 8, attendees will swap their suits and trocars for jeans and a hammer to help make the dream of home ownership a reality for a local family by volunteering at a Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake build site. Dover Air Force Base is home to the Department of Defense’s largest aerial port and approximately 11,000 Airmen and joint service members, civilians and families. It is also home to Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations, which is charged with fulfilling the nation’s sacred commitment of ensuring dignity, honor and respect to the fallen, and care, service and support to their families. On Saturday, October 8 an on-site, guided experience exploring our nation’s one-of-a-kind Dover Port Mortuary will be available (ticket required; as this is an active military base, a background check is also required). Now in its twenty-second year, the Funeral Service Foundation’s Golf Classic has raised more than $1.5 million in support of its mission to invest in people and programs that strengthen funeral service and lift up grieving communities. This year’s event takes place at the world-class Whiskey Creek Golf Club. Visit www. golf to register and learn about sponsorship opportunities. During the NFDA Convention Welcome Party on Sunday, October 9, attendees will take a trip down memory lane to the era of legwarmers, singing “Total Eclipse of the Heart” at a school dance and watching St. Elsewhere. Included with registration, guests will enjoy live music from 1980s cover band The Reagan Years, appetizers, and a cash bar while reconnecting with friends and making new ones. Celebrate the shining stars of funeral service during the All-Star Recognition Ceremony on Monday, October 10. NFDA will recognize funeral homes that earned the 2022 NFDA Pursuit of Excellence Award and NFDA’s Green Funeral Practice Certificate. Also Join NFDA in Baltimore for the 2022 NFDA International Convention & Expo Continued on page A30 News Funeral Home & C eme t e ry onl ine Your Rea l Source . Anywhere . Any t ime . @Nomis.Publications Like NEWS Association CONTINUED