March 2023

Page A23 march 2023 FUNERAL HOME & CEMETERY NEWS Se c t i on A Don’t miss the best education, the most networking, & the latest exhibits at our biggest event of the year! May 16–19, 2023 Network and connect with peers from across the world, attend educational sessions where you’ll gain new knowledge and skills to better serve families and grow your business, and gain first-hand access to new and innovative tools and services in our Expo Hall. Join us in Kansas City, Missouri, for an unparalleled event for deathcare professionals. Register today at! Veterans Garden of Valor at Knollwood Memorial Park Knollwood & Sharon Memorial Parks Awarded Level 1 Arboretum Accreditation Net Arboretum Accreditation Program is the only global initiative to officially recognize arboreta at various levels of development, capacity, and professionalCANTON,MA— Knollwood Cemetery Corp is pleased to announce that Knollwood Memorial Park and Sharon Memorial Park have been awarded the Level 1 Arboretum Accreditation by The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program and The Morton Arboretum. This prestigious designation is awarded for achieving particular standards of professional practices deemed important for arboreta and botanic gardens. The Arbism. Knollwood and Sharon Memorial Parks are also now recognized as an accredited arboretum in the Morton Register of Arboreta, a database of the world’s arboreta and gardens dedicated to woody plants. Fred Lappin, president and CEO of Knollwood Cemetery Corp, said “The Arboretum Accreditation is a significant distinction that will provide our cemeteries with the framework to further define and develop our commitment to the stewardship and betterment of the land and the environment. It will also provide us with additional, meaningful ways to invite the community to share in the beauty of the land by offering new educational and informational events to our visitors.” Like @Nomis.Publications Like us on Continued from Page A22 Continued on page A26 Deathcare Collective thing. We wanted everyone to feel welcome and be part of it. We probably went through thirty names and whittled it down to eight – and this one just felt like it described the purpose of the group and didn’t exclude anyone.” Already, a number of men have become incredible supporters of the group, she said, including a couple speakers who have participated in virtual discussions on topics including “From Burnout to Fired Up,” “Empowerment through Negotiation: How to Ask for What You Want” and “Sisters & Spirits.” “The goal is to support and empower women in the industry and make death care better for everyone,” Creger said. “Most men I talk to agree there is a need for that.” Sometimes, however, men may not fully realize the challenges that women in the profession face. For instance, many are single mothers struggling to juggle work-life balance. There are even practical matters, such as women who work at funeral homes that require them to wear skirts, which can be problematic because they don’t have pockets to carry car keys or other items they need as they do their work. “We need to have some honest conversations around that,” she said. A Snapshot of the Profession One of the things Creger loves about the Death Care Collective is that its members represent the entire profession. “We just have incredibly talented women donating their time, and we have did advice.” She added, “We knew we didn’t want it to be a women’s group that had the word ‘woman’ in it. We talked about ‘funeral,’ but that doesn’t cover every-