Death Care Trends That Are Changing Tradition

Overview

The world of death care is changing. The introduction of new disposition methods, the rise of death discussion movements, and the allure of eco-friendly funerals are just a few of the trends that are affecting the funeral industry. How can funeral professionals navigate these dramatic changes and thrive in the process? This course will help funeral professionals understand what is changing in the online and face-to-face world of death care, the trends that feed these changes, and steps they can take to meet the needs of their changing customer base.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • describe the demographic impact posed by the silver tsunami of Baby Boomers and their Millennial children upon the death care industry
  • recognize how to incorporate celebrant services to address the rise of the "nones"-that is, families and individuals who are not affiliated with any religion
  • discuss the benefits of eco-friendly funerals and green burial
  • identify ways funeral homes can work with death doulas and families that want to hold home funerals
  • answer families' questions about new disposition methods, such as alkaline hydrolysis, body composting, and other developments in the industry
  • choose to participate in local death discussion movements, such as Death Cafes, Before I Die Festivals, and other death positive events

Designed For

Funeral professionals at all stages in their careers
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