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Page A24 JULY 2022 FUNERAL HOME & CEMETERY NEWS Se c t i on A Time may be only a moment so keep a memory Necklace Urn Pendants for an Everlasting Keepsake. Urns hold a portion of the cremains. Sterling Silver and Gold pieces in stock. orders or catalog: www.cremationkeepsakes.com cremationkeepsakes@comcast.net 877-303-3144 CREMATION KEEPSAKES We produce case volume reports for every licensed funeral firm in these States: Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin Do you know your market share? We do. FUNERAL CONVERGENCE www.FuneralConvergence.com Phone (831) 221-0075 2022 NFDA International Convention & Expo October 9-12 Baltimore, Maryland Discover more! Once upon a humid summer I was bored and near to slumber Hoping that I’d find adventure, education, and much more Then I rose with great intention, “I’ll go”, said I, “to the convention!” To meet with friends and ease my tension strolling ‘round the expo floor When suddenly a raven lit upon the chair where I did sit He spoke to me a single word before retreating through the door Only this, and nothing more Quoth the raven,“Baltimore!” Registration is now open! nfda.org/convention 2022_Convention_1/4 NOMIS Ad2.indd 1 6/2/22 2:12 PM Funeral Service Foundation Deploys up to $50,000 in Emergency Assistance and Grief Support Funding, and Launches Crisis Response Fund Funeral Director Brandy Hardwood Releases Children’s Book: Grammie’s Goodbye BROOKFIELD,WI— The Funeral Service Foundation announced that it will deploy up to $50,000 in emergency assistance and grief support funding, and is accepting donations for its Crisis Response Fund in the wake of the mass shooting, which left 19 children and two adults dead in Uvalde, TX. Funding Priorities The funds, designed to be flexible, will provide support for immediate needs within funeral service including volunteer support; grants to organizations providing services and resources to families directly impacted by this crisis; and funds for other important needs as funeral providers continue to serve grieving families. “The Foundation’s board of trustees devoted these funds to assist those who are doing the difficult work of carrying forward a devastated community,” said Foundation chair Allan Cole. “The way the funeral service profession mobilizes to support fellow professionals working tirelessly in the wake of tragedy is truly awe-inspiring. Our hope is that these funds will make that important work more manageable.” How to Support the Crisis Response Fund The Funeral Service Foundation, together with The Messenger Co., are accepting donations in support of the Foundation’s Crisis Response Fund, which offers urgently needed funding in the wake of regional, national or international crises, such as the mass shooting in Uvalde, TX. “The Foundation stands ready to support communities in crisis,” said Cole. “And we’re honored that our friends at Messenger have designated up to $10,000 in matching gift support for the Foundation’s Crisis Response Fund.” “The profession can count on the Funeral Service Foundation to respond to the profession’s needs in times of crisis,” said Heather Garman, vice president of sales and marketing for The Messenger Co. “And the Foundation can count on Messenger to help where it’s needed most. We hope the funeral service community responds generously so we can ensure that funeral service professionals—and all those who serve grieving families and communities—are equipped with the resources and support they need when the unimaginable occurs.” Gifts to the Funeral Service Foundation’s Crisis Response Fund can be made online at www.FuneralServiceFoundation.org. Those interested in supporting may also send checks, made payable to the Funeral Service Foundation to the FSF Crisis Response Fund, 13625 Bishop’s Drive, Brookfield, WI 53005, or call 1-877-402-5900 to make a gift by phone. Borne from funeral professionals’ requests to support relief efforts following the devastating tsunami in 2004, the Crisis Response Fund offers urgently needed funding in the wake of regional, national, or international crises. The Foundation funded the Hurricane Katrina Memorial in 2010, offered support following other natural disasters and emergent situations, and most recently, awarded more than $500,000 in Covid-19 relief grants and support through the Crisis Response Fund. For more information, visit www.FuneralServiceFoundation.org. SCOTTSVILLE,KY— Kentucky funeral director and Funeral Directors Association of Kentucky (FDAK) secretary/treasurer, Brandy Hardwood has released a children’s book, Grammie’s Goodbye, which captures the loss of a loved one and the funeral process through the eyes of a small child. Hardwood has seen firsthand how children are often confused about illness and death. She wrote the book several years ago and tucked it away, never thinking it would be read, let alone published. After a young boy shared his grief journey with her, she put the final touches on the book and submitted it for publication. Her passion has always been to help those grieving and healing from the loss of a loved one. The death of a loved one ca be the most difficult times in a person’s life. Grieving looks different for each person, and this holds true for children as well. For a child, this can be a very confusing time. Children often have many questions about what is happening. It is important to understand that there is no right or wrong way to grieve. A funeral is the beginning of the grieving process and the healing journey. This book was written in hopes of explaining the death of a loved one and the funeral process simply for small children to better understand. Grammie’s Goodbye can be purchased on Amazon. SEND US YOUR NEWS! P O B ox 5 1 5 9 , Yo u n g s town , O h 4 4 5 1 4 1-800-321-7479 info@nomispublications.com