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Understanding and Managing Grief

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Members: $ 100.00
Non-Members: $ 125.00

6 CE Hours

This online course gives the funeral service professional a general understanding of grief and some of the complicating issues surrounding grief today. A solid foundation for further grief studies, the author provides tools for funeral service professionals to assist families through the funeral and grief process. Theories and perspectives that have developed to explain and understand grief, the complicating issues surrounding grief today, and some of the mechanisms and therapeutic protocols that can be used in daily professional activities to help the bereaved during funerary activities and throughout the grieving process are examined.

Continuing Education Information

This course is currently approved for 6 CE hours by APFSP and most state licensing boards.

State Exceptions

Check with your state board for approval status.


PineVanderlyn R. Pine, Ph.D., C.B.A.

Dr. Pine entered funeral service in 1957, graduated from the American Academy of Funeral Service in 1959, and assumed the management of his family's funeral home. In 1970, Dr. Pine was appointed as the Management Consultant for the National Funeral Directors Association, a position he held until 1985. Also in 1970, he became a college professor with special expertise in Sociological Research Methods, Statistical Analysis, and the Sociology of Death.

Dr. Pine began publishing articles on funeral home evaluation and financial management in the early 1970s in the American Funeral Director and NFDA's The Director. Over the years he authored, edited, and contributed to a number of books on funeral service, and gave hundreds of featured speeches, lectures, and seminars on funeral home evaluation, management, pricing, mergers and consolidation, and other related subjects for numerous funeral director associations and groups in the United States and Canada.

Dr. Pine is the former owner of American Funeral Consultants (AFC) which specializes in areas such as: Succession Planning; Buy/Sell Intermediary Services; Funeral Business Appraisals; Minority Stock Assessments; Business Plans, Feasibility and Trend Studies, Estate Planning & Analysis; and general consulting services. Dr. Pine currently serves as Consultant Emeritus to AFC, and he and his long-time associates and current AFC owners, Kathy Williams and Melissa Drake, have helped many hundreds of funeral business owners and their management and staff throughout the United States and Canada achieve their business goals.

*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.

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