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The Funeral: A Chance to Touch, A Chance to Serve, A Chance to Heal

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Members: $ 65.00
Non-Members: $ 80.00

4 CE Hours

This course is an online version of the author's popular book of the same name. It provides a comprehensive review and exposition of today's funeral service challenges, with solutions to help funeral practitioners assume a new role required by changing times and new demands - while always focusing on the value and significance of the funeral to individuals, families, communities, and our culture. Practical approaches are offered to meet the challenge of what the author sees as the priority dilemma in funeral service: the self-evident value of the funeral at the same time there is a massive movement away from the traditional funeral.

 Continuing Education Information

This course is currently approved for 4 CE hours by APFSP and most state licensing boards.

State Exceptions:

Check with your state board for approval status.


ManningDoug Manning

Doug Manning, counselor, lecturer, and author, addresses the subjects of grief, aging, and personal relationships across the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

His bookings are as varied as being a keynote speaker at the World Gathering Bereavement Conference to conducting an intimate staff training of 20 people at a hospice in Arkansas. He has written 30 books and produced over 25 audio and video products in the areas of grief and elder care. He worked with professionals and families in the Oklahoma City bombing, Jonesboro and Fort Worth shootings, and the World Trade Center and Pentagon tragedies of 9/11.

Doug started a new career in 1982, after 30 years as a minister, as one of the early pioneers in the study of grief. His work began when a friend said, after losing her young daughter, "Don't take my grief away from me." This became the title of his first book and started him on his second career. Years of counseling as a pastor placed Doug in many situations in which he had to help people in grief, leading him to start some of the first bereavement groups and to spend a great deal of time analyzing and understanding the processes that occur for a person to emerge healthy on the other side of grieving.

Doug was also a pioneer in the area of caring for families of aging parents. His book, When Love Gets Tough, was the first book on the market addressing this vital and painful issue.

Manning founded In-Sight Books, Inc., a publishing company that distributes his books, tapes, and cassettes. He has been a keynote speaker for NFDA, CANA, ICCFA, FSAC, Dodge Sunshine Seminars, and over 40 state funeral director conventions. Doug's popularity as author and speaker has grown worldwide via the In-Sight Books catalog which goes to over 18,000 people, his seminars sponsored by nursing homes, funeral homes, hospices, national professional conventions, and churches, and by word of mouth from those who have been helped by his publications and recordings. The In-Sight Institute has provided Funeral Celebrant training to over 1200 participants in North America.

*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.