Demystifying the Funeral Experience

The Role of the Funeral in the Grief Process
Various locations across the United States

Approved for CFLE Continuing Education Credit (2 Contact Hour / 0.2 CEUs)

Approved through March 1, 2023

This course was created for hospice professionals and volunteers to familiarize them with funeral customs, options, procedures, and regulations. An educational experience that gives hospice professionals and volunteers useful information about funerals and the funeral service industry, as well as fuller understanding of the emotional and spiritual benefits of funerals. With this knowledge, hospice professionals and volunteers can more effectively support families through the process of funeral preparation and planning.

The program is a 2-hour session facilitated by a licensed funeral director. The training venue is a selected funeral home, and the program includes a tour of the location.

Conact Kristen Nanjundaram at Hospice Foundation of America to find a funeral director near you who offers the program. You can also review this list of approved funeral directors (PDF)

  • Recognize the benefits of funeral rituals and their importance to survivors.
  • Discuss the function of the funeral within the grieving process.
  • Describe the steps in the funeral process, including timeframes for each step.
  • Identify the Funeral Director's role and the resources a Funeral Director can provide.
  • Communicate to family's basic information on funeral options and costs.
  • Offer families conjective information to assist them in the funeral preparation and planning.
Target Audience:
  • Social Workers
  • Nurses
  • Long-term care admins
  • Other professionals who work with death, dying, grief or bereavement.
FLE Content Areas Covered:
  • Families and Individuals in Societal Contexts
  • Internal Dynamics of Families
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Family Resource Management
Sponsored By:

Hospice Foundation of America ~