Recently I had the opportunity to particiapte in a webcast presentation from the recent National Funeral Director’s Association (NFDA) Annual Conference. The title was "End-of-Life Care: From One Set of Caring Arms to Another," and the presenting panel included Robert Friedman MD, FAAHPM, the Chief Medical Officer at Hospice Austin in Austin, TX; Dr. Thomas G. Long, the Bandy Professor of Preaching at Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, GA; Thomas Lynch, a writer and funeral director from Milford, MI; and Dr. Alan Wolfelt, an author, educator and grief counselor. This was an interesting conversation among the presenters. While initially intended to discuss the interactions when a person in hospice or palliative care dies between the care provider and the funeral home, it became a wider discussion on current styles in our culture of expressing, and perhaps repressing, grief.
At the time the NFDA web site stated that the presentation would eventually be available for viewing on line. I shared that at the time, and now have the link. This and other presentations from the NFDA Annual Conference are now available on YouTube. If you link to this page you will find links to this and other presentations. Note, too, that NFDA has a YouTube channel, and there may be other videos of interest there. A note for Board Certified Chaplains: if you haven’t fulfilled the 50 contact hours required for continuing education, I think at least some of these presentations would apply.
I hope readers find these links and these presentations helpful.