Making Funerals Meaningful in the Age of COVID-19

On-demand Webinar
1.5 Complimentary CE Credit Hours Available
In this webinar, we review the restrictions on funerals and other death rituals in the COVID-19 environment and what these restrictions mean for families and communities. We explore the affects these changes have on the well-researched therapeutic value of funerals and offer suggestions of alternative rituals that may be helpful to the intimate network of the deceased. 
  • Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv, Sr. Bereavement Consultant for HFA
  • Brad Speaks, Owner, Speaks Chapels
  • William Villanova, President, Frank E. Campbell - The Funeral Chapel in NYC
Learning Objectives
  1. Indicate ways that current restrictions on gatherings and travel may affect the therapeutic value of funerals—possibly complicating the grief of survivors;
  2. Discuss special issues that might arise regarding funeral practices due to death from COVID-19;
  3. Identify the psychological, social, and spiritual benefits of funeral services, describe practices that typically enhance the value of funeral services for mourners, and suggest ways those practices might be incorporated during the COVID-19 crisis; and
  4. List and evaluate alternatives for traditional funerals in times of travel restrictions and COVID-19. 

Continuing Education available through 4/2/21
Instructions for obtaining your CE certificate:
1. Go to https://educate.hospicefoundation.org (if this is your first HFA certificate, click “Create a new account”)
2. Enter the CE Code (the code is provided at the end of the program)
3. Complete the exam (you must pass at 80% or above and may retake the exam as many times as needed)
4. Choose your board category and board
5. Complete the program evaluation
6. Print your certificate

Please email educate@hospicefoundation.org if you have any questions.

Doka.jpgKenneth Doka, PhD, MDiv, is Senior Bereavement Consultant to HFA and the recipient of the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Death Education and Counseling (ADEC). A prolific author and editor, Dr. Doka serves as editor of HFA’s Living with Grief® book series, its Journeys newsletter, and numerous other books and publications. He is a past president of ADEC, a former board member of the International Work Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement, and is the recipient of The International Work Group on Dying, Death, and Bereavement’s prestigious Herman Feifel Award and ADEC’s Award for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Death Education.

Speaks.jpgBrad Speaks is the owner of Speaks Chapels, a funeral and cremation provider in Eastern Jackson County, MO, and is a past president of Selected Independent Funeral Homes, the largest association of privately-owned funeral homes in the world. He currently sits on the board of directors of the national Funeral Service Foundation.

William-Villanova.pngWilliam Villanova is the President of Frank E. Campbell – The Funeral Chapel in NYC, the President-Elect of the New York State Funeral Directors Association and a recipient of the NFDA 2019 Pursuit of Excellence and Best of the Best Awards. William is a licensed Funeral Director in NY and CT and a Member of Hudson Valley Community College Mortuary Science Advisory Board. A leader in his profession, he has dedicated the better part of 30 years to implementing and promoting the highest standards in funeral service.

This program and continuing education are complimentary.
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