Funeral Customs and Rituals

Differing Ways to Say Goodbye
Various locations across the United States

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

Approved through March 1, 2023.

The intent of this program is to provide an educational experience that gives hospice professionals and volunteers useful information about how specific faith rituals and customs influence and impact a family during the funeral process. 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 who has successfully completed facilitator certification training. 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)

  • Identify funeral customs and rituals specific to Christian, Jewlish, Islamic, Buddhist, and Hindu faiths as well as Asian culture.
  • Understand how these customs and rituals impact patients and their loved ones.
  • Communicate more confidently with patients of different faiths and cultures about end-of-life issues.
  • Provide more appropriate and informed advice to patients of these faith and cultural backgrounds.
  • Develop stronger patient relations based on greater knowledge and understanding.
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 ~