SCHEDULE

Day 1 Day 2

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Early Preregistration Badge Pick-Up 

Tuesday, September 21

Registration Desk 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

DAY 1

7:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Wednesday

September 22

7:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Visit our registration desk for preregistration badge pick-up or to register onsite.

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Elective

The funeral service workforce is changing fast. Employing the right staff ensures that a funeral home can operate at its maximum capability while being responsive to an ever-evolving consumer base. How can funeral home owners and managers attract and retain the best employees? The millennial employee is challenging how the industry has traditionally hired and managed funeral professionals. In this presentation, the instructor will discuss how to effectively communicate and integrate the millennial funeral director into the workplace.

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Elective

This interactive session provides an overview of the donation process as well as the policies and procedures that organ procurement organizations must follow. Attendees will learn best practices for embalming organ and tissue donors, which can enhance the funeral home’s ability to provide quality service to donor families.

9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Elective

This course covers what the deathcare profession can expect from excess death and the COVID-19 pandemic by comparing death rates in 2020 to statistics from the 1918 flu pandemic. By looking at what happened in the years following the flu pandemic, and understanding factors contributing to overall mortality and life expectancy in that time, comparisons can be drawn between the 1918 era and pandemic numbers and death rates in 2020 to better understand what the future of deathcare holds in America.

9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Elective

Funeral directors and death care workers routinely come into contact with death, human remains and grieving families as part of their professional roles. Furthermore, research has demonstrated that exposure to significant and regular work-related stress increases the risk for poor mental health, including post-traumatic stress and depressive symptoms. This presentation aims to increase the understanding of the effect of work-related stress among funeral directors and death care workers. Attendees will learn to identify common work-related stressors (some unique to funeral directors), understand the effects of these stressors on the mental health of death care workers and learn strategies to reduce and manage these stressors to improve mental health.

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Elective

Since March of 2020, we have witnessed and appreciated the intense efforts of essential workers in responding to the illnesses of COVID-19. Except for occasional references to “storing bodies in refrigerated trucks,” little has been mentioned about the essential work of funeral directors and staff. What has been their contribution, and what emotional and physical price have they paid? This important session will offer an opportunity to discuss the impact of COVID on the funeral profession. It is never too late to heal from the at times overwhelming task of helping families say goodbye.

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Ethics

During this interactive session, the instructor will review why ethics are important to the funeral profession, the three parts of bad choices and why we all must work to keep ethics high in our business. Attendees will be engaged as they share situations and ethical choices they have had to make or have heard others making in and out of the prep room.

12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Lunch Included

Join us at our Exhibit Hall in the Etess Arena for an opportunity to take a look at the products and services offered by our exhibitors and find out what is trending in the industry. This is the perfect way to reconnect in person with our valuable vendors. Complimentary lunch will be served.

3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Elective

Since March 2020, we have witnessed and appreciated the intense efforts of essential workers in responding to COVID-19. Except for occasional references to “storing bodies in refrigerated trucks,” little has been mentioned about the essential work of funeral directors and staff. What has been their contribution, and what emotional and physical price have they paid? This important session will offer an opportunity to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the funeral profession. It is never too late to heal from the, at times, overwhelming task of helping families say goodbye.

3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Elective

This interactive session provides an overview of the donation process as well as the policies and procedures that organ procurement organizations must follow. Attendees will learn best practices for embalming organ and tissue donors, which can enhance the funeral home’s ability to provide quality service to donor families.

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Featured Event

Join us as we pay tribute to NJSFDA members and industry colleagues who died over the past two years. Everyone is welcome to attend this highly personalized memorial event to share memories with family and friends. Anyone not registered for Convention may request a badge for admission to the Service at the Convention Information Desk onsite or by contacting the NJSFDA office at 732.974.9444.

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Invitation Only

NJSFDA Past Presidents are invited to join their fellow leaders for complimentary cocktails and conversation. This is an exclusive gathering for NJSFDA Past Presidents by invitation only.

9:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Featured Event

Wrap up your first day at our Convention with this casual gathering held at The Lobby Bar. The Lobby Bar is located in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and features crafted cocktails and live music. This event is the perfect way to unwind and reconnect with your friends and colleagues.

DAY 2

7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Thursday

September 23

7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Visit our registration desk for preregistration badge pick-up or to register onsite.

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Featured Event

Join us for the annual business meeting of the New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association. Witness the ceremonial installation of new board members, listen to executive reports of the association's entities and honor the future of funeral service with scholarship awards.

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Elective

This presentation seeks to challenge the way funeral directors of all experience levels view the value of restorative art to our profession, communities and society. The instructor will examine the basic history of restorative art and how it is relevant to embalmers today. Attendees will discover how cultural shifts and socio-cultural events in American and funeral directing history affected restorative art education and practices, and how its continued relevance is important to our society and profession.

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Brunch Included

Join us at our Exhibit Hall in the Etess Arena for an opportunity to take a look at the products and services offered by our exhibitors and find out what is trending in the industry. This is the perfect way to reconnect in person with our valuable vendors. Complimentary brunch will be served.

1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Elective

This presentation seeks to challenge the way funeral directors of all experience levels view the value of restorative art to our profession, communities and society. The instructor will examine the basic history of restorative art and how it is relevant to embalmers today. Attendees will discover how cultural shifts and socio-cultural events in American and funeral directing history affected restorative art education and practices, and how its continued relevance is important to our society and profession.

1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Elective

The funeral service workforce is changing fast. Employing the right staff ensures that a funeral home can operate at its maximum capability while being responsive to an ever-evolving consumer base. How can funeral home owners and managers attract and retain the best employees? The millennial employee is challenging how the industry has traditionally hired and managed funeral professionals. In this presentation, the instructor will discuss how to effectively communicate and integrate the millennial funeral director into the workplace.

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Elective

This course covers what the deathcare profession can expect from excess death and the COVID-19 pandemic by comparing death rates in 2020 to statistics from the 1918 flu pandemic. By looking at what happened in the years following the flu pandemic, and understanding factors contributing to overall mortality and life expectancy in that time, comparisons can be drawn between the 1918 era and pandemic numbers and death rates in 2020 to better understand what the future of deathcare holds in America.

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Ethics

During this interactive session, the instructor will review why ethics are important to the funeral profession, the three parts of bad choices and why we all must work to keep ethics high in our business. Attendees will be engaged as they share situations and ethical choices they have had to make or have heard others making in and out of the prep room.

Additional Programming

Join us for Mandatory CE Programming being offered in Atlantic City on September 21, 2021.

MANDATORY CE PROGRAMMING


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