Schedule-at-a-Glance

CONVENTION AGENDA* (12 CEUs offered & approved in NY, CT & MA)

Online registration is closed. Onsite registration will open Monday, August 22 at 8am. 

Sunday, August 21

11:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Special Event: Shooting of Sports Clays Competition (pre-registration required)
Vernon National Shooting Preserve 

6:30 p.m. - Opening Night Texas-Style BBQ (pre-registration required)
Tin Rooster, Turning Stone Resort Casino 


MONDAY, AUGUST 22 (4 CEUs offered)

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. - Concurrent Sessions (choose 1; repeated 10:15 - 11:15 a.m.)

  1. Families Gone Wild: Defusing Conflict in the Arrangement Room
    Presenter: Jason Troyer
  2. What to Say and Not Say to a Grieving Family
    Speaker: Dave Roberts
  3. Custom Approaches to Building a Better Residency
    Presenter: Leili McMurrough
  4. What About the Kids?
    Presenter: Adam W. Carter, Ph.D.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. - What We Have is a Failure to Communicate – Becoming a Human Lie Detector
Presenter: Jan Hargrave

12:30 – 1:15 p.m. - Buffet Lunch

1:15 – 2:30 p.m. - Keynote: A Medical Examiner’s Case Study -The Jeffrey Epstein Autopsy
Presenter: Dr. Michael Baden
This session will be presented virtually and is still eligible for 1 CEU.

2:45 – 4:30 p.m. - Service of Remembrance & Annual Meeting

4:30 – 7:30 p.m. - Exhibit Preview and Silent Auction 

  • 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. - Cocktail Reception

TUESDAY, AUGUST 23 (4 CEUs offered)

8:30 – 10:30 a.m. - Concurrent Sessions (2 CEUs each; choose 1)

  1. The Relevance of Restorative Art & Defending the Truth: Embalming, Science, Social Media & Bias
    Presenter: Dominick Astorino
  2. Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive: A Critical Marketing Tool
    Presenter: Allison Gilbert

10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. - Exhibits Open & Strolling Brunch/Ice Cream Break

1:30 – 3:30 p.m. - Concurrent Sessions (2 CEUs each; choose 1)

  1. General Price Lists and Itemization Statements (repeated Wednesday)
    Presenter: Thomas Fuller
  2. Principles & Methods of Severe Trauma Restoration 
    Presenter: Dominick Astorino
  3. Marketing Bootcamp: You Must Start with the Basics
    Presenter: Joe Weigel

6:00 – 10:00 p.m. - Annual Banquet (pre-registration required)


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24 (4 CEUs offered) 

8:30 – 9:30 a.m. - General Session: Yes You: How to Serve Families Better by Being Selfish (1 CEU)
Presenter: Ryan Thogmartin

9:45 – 10:45 a.m. - General Session: Cremation is ______: Understanding Cremation Motivations (1 CEU)
Presenter: Barbara Kemmis

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. - General Session: General Price Lists and Itemization Statements (2 CEUs; repeated from Tuesday)
Presenter: Thomas Fuller

* Subject to change; as of July 26, 2022

Online registration is closed. Onsite registration will open Monday, August 22 at 8am. 

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