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What To Do When Families Say “No Religion, Please”

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Members: $ 45.00
Non-Members: $ 60.00
2 CE Hours

This NFDA Online Course provides practical, creative and meaningful ways for you to meet the needs of the increasing number of families requesting nonreligious funeral services.

After successfully completing this online course, you will be prepared to:

  1. Comfortably work with families requesting nonreligious.
  2. Creatively explore options for planning nonreligious funeral services.
  3. Provide appropriate resources to help families plan nonreligious services.
  4. Educate the community and clergy about the nonreligious service as a funeral option.

The content of this National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) course, and the opinions and recommendations contained therein, in no way represent or reflect the views or policies of the National Funeral Directors Association. The offering of this course by the National Funeral Directors Association does not constitute approval or an endorsement of the content, opinions or recommendations contained in the course.

Continuing Education Information

This course is approved for 2 CE hours for this calendar year by APFSP and most state licensing boards.

State Exceptions

Check with your state board for approval status.


JoAnn Baldwin, CFSP, is a licensed funeral director who served as Manager of Professional Development for Aurora Casket Company from 2002 until her retirement in December 2009. Prior to her work with Aurora, JoAnn served as a funeral director for more than a decade and was National Marketing Manager of Doric Burial Vaults.

JoAnn is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and a member of the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice. She is a published author and poet, a published artist and illustrator, and holds three U.S. patents for a casket, urn, and vault.

In 2010 JoAnn was honored with the NFDA Initiative Award for consistently taking the initiative to improve funeral service care and for her many accomplishments at the local, national and international levels.

Today, JoAnn continues to serve as Professional Development Consultant for Aurora and to serve families as a Certified Funeral Celebrant.

*State CE approval varies. All NFDA online courses are approved for continuing education by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice (APFSP) and most state licensing boards. Contact your state licensing board or NFDA for specific state CE information.

The fact that NFDA presents this educational material does not denote that NFDA endorses, recommends or supports the opinions expressed by the presenter or author. The content presented is informational only. For specific legal or compliance advice contact your firm's legal counsel. NFDA does not warrant the accuracy of any of the information presented, and NFDA shall not be liable for the actions or inactions of funeral establishment owners, managers or employees in respect to the information presented in this educational product.