Helping People is What We Do: Virtual Funeral Professionals Peer Support Meeting in September



WHEELING, IL — The funeral profession is not for the faint of heart. You need the compassion to serve grieving families, the self-confidence and leadership skills to do the job, and the ability to find balance between work and your personal life. On September 20th, Funeral Professional Peer Support (FPPS) and the Cremation Association of North America (CANA) get to the heart of what makes funeral professionals tick.

Bill Sampson, Dodge Chemical Company Canada, and Lisa Smith, FPPS Wellness Director, facilitate the September meeting. Together, they’ll share what drew them to this profession and why they’ve kept at it for over a decade. “When people ask why you chose a career in funeral service, the typical answer is, ‘Because I want to help people, or I like helping people’” remarked Lisa. “Helping people is what we do.”

During the meeting, participants will be encouraged to reflect on why they were drawn to funeral service, why it’s important to them, and how the work has evolved throughout their career and particularly during the pandemic. These questions are built on noted author Simon Sinek’s work getting at the heart of why. Sinek has also said that “the best way to find joy in our lives or overcome struggle is with the help of others.” That’s why our Peer Support Meeting is open to the entire funeral community.

Join Bill, Lisa, and CANA to talk about your why with your peers and how to balance the stress of the job with the passion for service. Whether or not you have a particular pressing issue to discuss, the meetings are a valuable place to offer support to your colleagues, too!

Connect with your fellow funeral professional peers on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 at 8pm ET / 7pm CT / 5pm PT via Zoom link at No registration is required, simply follow the link to join.

About Funeral Professional Peer Support

Funeral Professional Peer Support Group is committed to providing support, healing, education and knowledge to funeral professionals. They promote wholeness and wellness by uniting funeral sector professionals through a Canada-wide network of regional organizations offering support, information and resources within their community.

About CANA

Founded in 1913, the Cremation Association of North America (CANA) is an international organization of over 3,500 members, composed of funeral homes, cemeteries, crematories, industry suppliers, and consultants. CANA members believe that cremation is preparation for memorialization.

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