The New Hampshire Funeral Directors Association (NHFDA) summer convention brought funeral directors from throughout the Granite State to Hampton Beach. This is one of the few spots along New Hampshire’s rugged 18-mile coastline that actually has a sandy beach.
The two-day event featured Certified Thanatologist Gail Rubin presenting two different two-hour film clip-illustrated continuing education programs. “Jewish Funeral Traditions on Film” examined the history behind Jewish traditions, rituals before, during and after the funeral, reasons for specific traditions and changes in the modern age. Film clips included Nora’s Will, My Mexican Shivah and This Is Where I Leave You.
“The Funeral Director on Film” presented an abbreviated history of undertaking in the United States, with commentary on the perception of funeral directors over time. Film clips included The Shootist, Get Low, The Loved One, About Schmidt, Bernie, the HBO TV series, Six Feet Under, and videos from the Internet.
NHFDA members can get access to additional information about Jewish funeral traditions, rituals, prayers and other helpful background through the AGoodGoodbye.com website by sending an email request to Gail@AGoodGoodbye.com.
The convention included a lobster/clambake dinner, which was absolutely delicious.
Industry suppliers at the convention included Batesville, Matthews, Wilbert/Pierce Companies, Messenger, and local New England providers of caskets, cremation and embalming supplies, a cremation jewelry artist, and funeral home furnishings.
Peter Morin, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Funeral Directors Association, said, “Gail Rubin provided two fact-filled and entertaining film clip-illustrated CEU programs at the New Hampshire Funeral Directors Association summer convention. The members — as well as the vendors in attendance — were rapt with attention. I have only heard good feedback from the attendees. We look forward to having her speak again at future meetings.”
Many thanks to everyone for a wonderful meeting!