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Register today for our first free, virtual conference September 22-24, 2020!

We’re pleased to offer three days of free programming, open to all. Below you’ll find details and registration links. On each of the three days we’ll start with a live keynote presentation on Zoom (registration required for each day). After the keynotes, on each day, we’ll be posting links to pre-recorded presentations you can watch at any time, no registration required.

TIP—If you don’t already have a free Zoom account, head over to Zoom.us and set one up ahead of time. Zoom will require you to download its free video application which will launch and display the video when you join the Zoom keynote sessions. Doing this ahead of time will ensure a smooth experience.

Scroll down this page for details. Registration links to sign up for the live Zoom keynote sessions appear underneath with each keynote description.

Be sure to save the registration confirmation email from Zoom. You will need the link and the password in that email to join your live keynote!


Day 1, Tuesday, September 22, 1 pm Eastern/10 am Pacific

Live Keynote Opening—FCA Executive Director Josh Slocum

‘A turning point in consumer protection’

This year hundreds of consumers, FCA members, and organizations asked the Federal Trade Commission to update the Funeral Rule. Our big ask? Requiring funeral homes to put their prices online. As the pandemic has shown, online price and service information is crucial.  Josh Slocum will highlight the changes we’ve asked the FTC to make, and discuss the possible FTC decision and when it will come.

 

 

 

REGISTRATION: Click here to register for this Day 1 Keynote (the link will take you to Zoom’s registration page).

Having trouble? Cut and paste this direct link into your browser’s URL address bar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYudO-trjMqH9H8rCVowDntB8xi4L0J9sn3

 

Day 1 Pre-Recorded Presentations (video links will be posted here on Day 1)
~no registration required for pre-recorded presentations~

The Grief Dialogues: Two short plays looking at the end of life
“Honoring Choices” takes a serious tone. “Dead Giveaway” is funny.
They’re two sides of the same experience, aren’t they?

Presenter: Playwright Elizabeth Coplan, past-president of Peoples Memorial Association

 

 

Fundraising 101—A one-year, direct mail plan with templates for FCA affiliate groups
Presenter: Josh Slocum

 

 

 

Fundraising 102—Boosting your fundraising with email and social media
Presenter: Nora Menkin, Executive Director, Peoples Memorial Association

 

 

 


Day 2, Wednesday, September 23, 1 pm Eastern/10 am Pacific

Featured Live Keynote—Dr. Kami Fletcher, Associate Professor of History, Albright College

African American Undertaking: History, Burial Rights and Deathwork

Specifically discussing her research about the earliest African American undertakers in Baltimore, Dr. Fletcher provides a history of African American undertaking and undertakers. Focusing on the rise of the Reconstruction-Era African American undertaker, Dr. Fletcher will show how race, racism and the autonomous black cemetery led to early 20th-century African American undertaking as a vehicle for wealth building and communal self-help. The talk will put special emphasis on how Black women undertakers used newspapers to subvert patriarchy and gender norms in order to thrive in death work that was dominated by men.

 

REGISTRATION: Click here to register for this Day 2 Keynote (the link will take you to Zoom’s registration page).

Having trouble? Cut and paste this direct link into your browser’s URL address bar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYudO-trjMqH9H8rCVowDntB8xi4L0J9sn3

SPECIAL OFFER—Dr. Fletcher and the University Press of Mississippi have generously arranged a 30% discount for conference attendees on the anthology Till Death Do Us Part American Ethnic Cemeteries as Borders Uncrossed. Click here for a flyer with details.

 

Day 2 Pre-Recorded Presentations (video links will be posted here on Day 2)
~no registration required for pre-recorded presentations~

Making your newsletter make more money!—a guide for FCA affiliates to produce a shorter, snappier newsletter that produces more donations for your work.

Presenter: Ruth Bennett, FCA national board and past-president

 

 

Essential Basics: how to complete a funeral cost-comparison survey. The cost-comparison survey is the most useful and compelling tool we offer members and the public.

Presenter: Ginny Farney, FCA of Greater Kansas City

 

 

The Urge to Merge:how three struggling FCA groups combined into one stronger, statewide organization. 

Presenters: Sara Williams (pictured) and Rebecca Taylor, FCA of North Carolina

 

 


Day 3, Thursday, September 24, 1 pm Eastern/10 am Pacific

Live Keynote—Sarah Jane Lambring, FCA of North Texas, FCA national board

Distance Grieving: Ritual and Connection When We Can’t Be There in Person

Explore how funeral homes are tackling pandemic restrictions, discover unique solutions families have implemented, and discuss the successes and failures of mourning at a distance.

 

 

 

REGISTRATION: Click here to register for this Day 3 Keynote (the link will take you to Zoom’s registration page).

Having trouble? Cut and paste this direct link into your browser’s URL address bar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIlf-ihpzwjE9P15q_PwIwerN0p40anXd3R

Day 3 Pre-Recorded Presentations (video links will be posted here on Day 3)
~no registration required for pre-recorded presentations~

7 Ways to Die with Dementia: Some Thoughts about Advance Directives

Presenter: Lamar Hankins, FCA of San Antonio, past-president FCA national

 

 

Going to the capital: how to lobby your state’s regulatory agencies and lawmakers

Presenter: Jim Bates, FCA of North Texas

 

 

Tell everyone in town: how to get your FCA’s best speaker invited to present at allied organizations

Presenter: Nancy Petersen, FCA of Greater Kansas City