There is one certainty in life: that it ends, for every one of us. And as grim a reminder as that might be, it is a completely normal and ubiquitous event, and one that funeral services professionals encounter daily.
The Multifaceted Work Lives of Funeral Service Professionals
As you may know, individuals who have entered the funeral home services profession assist and serve families when a loved one has passed away. These professionals engage in a wide variety of tasks as part of their jobs. These duties can include transfer of the deceased body to where it needs to be (such as from the hospital to a funeral home or crematory); aiding families in the selection of burial or crematory products; care of the body, such as washing, embalming, dressing, restoration and makeup application, arrangement in the casket, and so forth; consulting on official documentation and questions about insurance, social security, and more; arranging outside services such as music or a military presence; funeral service direction and/or management; burial arrangement and assistance; memorial flower and photo arrangements and the delivery of such items to the family at the end of the funeral; directing of funeral attendees to the appropriation gathering locations; and more.
Clearly, the work of a funeral services professional is extraordinarily multi-faceted. And as if the above wasn’t enough, these professionals are also in charge of sourcing all of their own product offerings, such as caskets, urns, property, grave stones, and more. With such a unique line of work that, while very needed, is also oddly uncommon, where can funeral professionals locate the gear and product offerings that they need to most effectively serve families in need?
Funeral Services Trade Shows and Conferences: Where Professionals Gather
Believe it or not, there are conferences and trade shows that are specific to all things funeral. At trade shows, funeral home directors and service providers can view the variety of available products related to their industry, taking particular note of the latest models and what advances have been made in, for example, burial technology. And at conferences, funeral professionals not only get to peruse available funeral products offerings, but can also expand their professional craft by attending workshops related to their interests or needs.
Below are a handful of top funeral professional gatherings, both conferences and trade shows, for those who specialize in this unique and truly needed line of work:
The Casket & Funeral Supply Association of America (CFSA) Conference and Trade Show
Every fall, nearly 300 funeral suppliers gather in Indianapolis for this annual event sponsored by the CFSA. Professionals can expect to network with funeral related suppliers, manufacturers, and distributors at this gathering. This CFSA conference and trade show also boats social parties and distributes awards.
The Miami Funer Worldwide Funeral Industry Conference & Expo
In March, Miami, Florida, is hosting the Miami Funer international conference and expo for all thing funeral. The Miami Funer is putting on a wide variety of applicable workshops on topics ranging from marketing to customer service to digital merchandising to franchising. At these event you will see many trade show booths displaying various funeral products such as products related to ceramic pictures and frames, stationary, aftercare and grief services, embalming, engraving, caskets and coffins and urns, transport equipment, sanitary products, and much more.
The National Association of Funeral Directors National Funeral Exhibition
Over in the United Kingdom, the National Association of Funeral Directors hosts an annual exhibition at Stoneleigh Warwickshire in June to display the most recent funeral product offerings to English funeral professionals. At this event, attendees will browse a wide variety of product offerings and also take in educational seminars and discussions.