Dignity in Death Webinar

What Happens When You Cannot Afford to Die?

All people have the right to a personalized and respectful service that memorializes their life on earth. Indigent Burial Programs help ensure, as a community, that everyone who exits this life and enters the next, is surrounded by people that care about them.

Matthew Whisman runs a one-of-a-kind program in Louisville, KY that provides burial and cremation services for individuals who do not have the financial resources or family to provide them.

Come learn about this Indigent Burial Program in this free-of-charge webinar, and find ways you may be able to support your local community.

Date: Wednesday, May 22nd 8-9:30 pm EST via Zoom


Funeral poverty is real: what happens to the unclaimed dead?

Presenter: Matthew S. Whisman, MPA, MED, CNP, C-FSA, CDCS, CHSP, CT

Matthew S. Whisman is a graduate of the University of Kentucky Class of 2016. He holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Louisville, Masters in Education from Eastern Washington University and is finishing his Masters in Criminal Justice at the University of North Alabama. He holds certifications in Non-profit Management, Funeral Services Assistant, and Religious Literacy. He is certified as an End-of-Life Doula, Thanatologist, and Chaplain.

Matthew is currently the Indigent Burial Coordinator for Catholic Charities of Louisville and recently accepted a position as a Deputy Coroner.  As Coordinator for Indigent Burial he works with hospitals, nursing homes, organ donation, Louisville Metro police, and other community partners to make sure all individuals receive a proper and dignified burial. Part of the position is also coordinating the schedules of the St. Joseph of Arimathea Society which makes sure that all county burials are attended by someone.

In his spare time he likes to travel, visit museums, watch movies, and hang out with his dog Ophelia.

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