Making an estate plan and preplanning your funeral now will take only a few hours of your time but will bestow an enormous benefit on your survivors by relieving them of the burden of guessing about your last wishes. We recently had the opportunity to sit down with estate attorney, Deborah A. Slezak who provided some valuable tips. Her practice is concentrated primarily in the areas of elder law, estate planning and administration. She has chaired and lectured at the New York State Bar Association’s Basics of Elder Law program several times as well as for the Advanced Document Drafting for the Elder Law Practitioner. In 2013, Slezak updated two of the NYS Tribute Foundation’s publications, When A Death Occurs and Personal and Financial Affairs Checklist for End-of-Life Planning.
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Two of the most authoritative voices in funeral service will come together in three locations across New York State to discuss The Good Funeral: Death, Grief and the Community of Care. Through their different lenses, one as a preacher and one as a funeral director, Thomas G. Long and Thomas Lynch alternately discuss several challenges facing “the good funeral,” including the commercial aspects that have led many to be suspicious of funeral directors, the sometimes tense relationship between pastors and funeral directors, the tendency of modern funerals to exclude the body from the service, and the rapid growth in cremation. Presented by the NYS Tribute Foundation.
Seminar Locations (10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
- April 1, 2014 Columbia University, Manhattan
- April 2, 2014 EMPAC, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy
- April 3, 2014 George Eastman House, Dryden Theatre, Rochester
Dr. Thomas G. Long is the Bandy Professor of Preaching at Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
Thomas Lynch is a writer and funeral director from Milford, Michigan. One of his books, The Undertaking, became an Emmy Award-winning PBS documentary.
HELP US! The social workers, hospice caregivers, bereavement counselors, clergy and educators will not hear the important messages provided in these wonderful forums if they are not there. We encourage funeral directors like YOU to help us reach out to them with warm invitations and enthusiasm, and see to it that the seats are packed at each location. Because of generous funding from the NYS Tribute Foundation, there is absolutely no charge for NYSFDA members or caregivers to attend any of these sessions. Non-member funeral directors will be charged $199 to attend. NYS licensed funeral directors will earn 3 CEUs for this program.