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Wednesday, September 27, 2023

2023 Bulding A Better Business Series | Springfield | 9/27/2023

Start Date: 9/27/2023 5:30 PM EDT
End Date: 9/27/2023 9:00 PM EDT

1000 Hall of Fame Avenue
Springfield, MA  United States  01105

Event Website: http://www.massfda.org

Organization Name: Massachusetts Funeral Directors Association

Tara McGrath
Email: tmcgrath@massfda.org
Phone: (781) 335-2031

Other Available Session Dates & Location
Worcester | 10/03/2023 | 5:30 p.m. | Beechwood Hotel, 363 Plantation St., Worcester, MA
Wellesley | 11/01/2023 | 5:30 p.m. | Papa Razzi, 16 Washington St., Wellesley, MA

Session Discussion
Consumer interest in environmentally friendly funerals is growing. The Massachusetts legislature will soon consider the options of alkaline hydrolysis (AH) and natural organic reduction (NOR). There appears to be interest by some elected officials to support this change. These alternative forms of disposition are being promoted by a concerned demographic who are highly principled, motivated, and connected to their community, in addition to founders of and investors in companies that offer proprietary systems.
This fall’s Building a Better Business series will focus on this important emerging issue to help you better understand the facts behind what is being promoted in the media and on social media about AH and, more frequently, NOR.   We want you to know how these options could impact your license value and business and why we believe that funeral service’s voice must be clear and at the forefront of this discussion.

The discussion will include:
  • Understanding the treatments
  • What is the proposed role of the licensed funeral director?
  • Who are the promoters and other stakeholders – national and local?
  • How these existing businesses operate and their various business models
  • The end results of the treatment process? What happens next?
  • Can these options add services back to the funeral home for families that might otherwise select direct cremation?
  • What environmental claims need to be challenged and/or considered? 
  • Our advocacy strategy moving forward for funeral service
  • Other information will help you become more knowledgeable to assist the growing segment of families interested in these options.
Discussion Leaders 
Brian Folsom, President, Massachusetts Funeral Directors Association
C.R. Lyons, Past President, Massachusetts Funeral Directors Association Chairman, Legislative/Regulatory Committee
Margaret Nolan, Executive Director, Massachusetts Funeral Directors Association

Online Registration

Registration is Closed
Closed: 9/27/2023 12:00 PM

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