New York State Funeral Directors Association


The Good Funeral
 presentations bring caregivers together to learn, share

More than 800 guests were drawn to three interactive seminars conducted in May 2015 focusing on the dynamic evolution of funerals in the United States.

Sponsored by the New York State Tribute Foundation, "The Good Funeral: Death, Grief and the Community of Care" examines the changing landscape of memorializing loved ones and analyzes the interaction among those who care for the dying and bereaved.

The presentations, conducted by renowned authors Thomas Lynch, a funeral director, and the Rev. Thomas G. Long, Ph.D, a minister, brought themes from the duo’s 2013 book of the same name to venues in Long Island, Syracuse and Buffalo.

"The seminars provided a rare opportunity to hear valuable insights and strategies for strengthening cooperation and respect among caregivers and professionals who care for the dying and the grieving," said William F. Flooks, Chairman of the New York State Tribute Foundation, a charitable nonprofit dedicated to advancing the understanding of end-of-life issues.

“We are tremendously appreciative of Rev. Dr. Thomas Long and Thomas Lynch for their thoughtful presentation and analysis. We also thank the attendees not only for joining the event, but for the important work they do in their communities as we all work together to stimulate important end-of-life dialogue,” said Flooks, a funeral director in Pleasantville, NY.

Attendees numbering 850 included funeral directors, clergy, hospice and palliative care professionals, social workers, bereavement counselors and educators; many of whom took time to chat with the authors at a book-signing following the presentation.

The Rev. Thomas Long is the Bandy Professor of Preaching at Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, GA.

Essayist and poet Thomas Lynch is a funeral director whose book The Undertaking was turned into an Emmy Award-winning documentary.