Brookfield, WI — With cremation rates continuing to rise – and at an increased pace during the COVID-19 pandemic – ensuring families have meaningful experiences has never been more important. Join your colleagues for the National Funeral Directors Association’s (NFDA) first-ever Virtual Cremation Success Seminar, February 15-16, to discover practical ways to deliver the services families need while increasing profitability. 

“As we all know, cremation is an ever-growing area of our profession that requires an ever-growing-knowledge base,” said Mike Nicodemus, NFDA’s vice president of Cremation Services. “We hope you will join us and make 2022 the year that you set yourself apart from your competition by taking your service to families that choose cremation to the next level.”

During the Virtual Cremation Success Seminar attendees will learn from funeral service professionals who have found success in building the cremation side of their business:

How to Enhance Revenue with Cremation Families presented by Mike Schoedinger, president, Schoedinger Funeral Home & Cremation Service

Proven Strategies to Differentiate Your Cremation Business and Lead Your Market presented by Isaac Miller, chief operations officer, MKJ Marketing

Cremation Liability: Protect Your Firm and Your Families presented by Chris Farmer, NFDA general counsel

Making a Low-Cost Cremation Operation Profitable in Your Business presented by Mark Krause, president, Krause Funeral Homes & Cremation Services

Run Your Cremation Business Like a Business: Food for Thought presented by Mike Nicodemus, NFDA vice president, Cremation Services

Alkaline Hydrolysis: Facts, Myths, and Talking to Families About Flameless Cremation presented by Matthew Baskerville, president, Reeves & Baskerville Funeral Homes, and Ryan Cattoni, owner, AquaGreen Dispositions LLC

The Virtual Cremation Success Seminar will be hosted by Gabe Schauf, a licensed funeral director, an instructor with the Milwaukee Area Technical College Mortuary Science Program, and host of the NFDA podcast A Brush with Death. The seminar will also include live discussions with all presenters, opportunities to network with other attendees, a lunch-and-learn innovation showcase, and more. 

Attendees can earn up to six continuing education hours during the Virtual Cremation Success Seminar. Registration fees are:

  • First registrant from an NFDA-member firm: $199
  • First registrant from a nonmember firm: $299
  • Second registrant from the same organization: $149
  • Student (accredited mortuary science program): $50

For complete details and to register, visit or call 800-228-6332 (262-789-1880). Registration closes at noon CT on February 14. 

NFDA is the world’s leading and largest funeral service association, serving more than 20,000 individual members who represent nearly 11,000 funeral homes in the United States and 49 countries around the world. NFDA is the trusted leader, beacon for ethics and the strongest advocate for the profession. NFDA is the association of choice because it offers funeral professionals comprehensive educational resources, tools to manage successful businesses, guidance no become pillars in their communities and the expertise to foster future generations of funeral professionals. NFDA is headquartered in Brookfield, Wis., and has an office in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit

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