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Matthews Cremation and NFDA Announce Pet Loss Development Series

APOPKA, FLA. - Matthews Cremation, a division of Matthews International Corp. and a leading manufacturer & supplier of environmentally-driven cremation solutions, in association with National Funeral Directors Association, announced in a news release their fourth annual Pet Loss Business Development Conference series: “Opportunity Unleashed.” The one-day educational forums, hosted in Albany, N.Y. (July 22), Baltimore (July 24) and Orlando, Fla. (July 26) bring together some of the most advanced experts within the pet death-care industry. Online registration is available by clicking here

"All too often, the subject of pet loss is kept in the closet or minimized while families struggle with the emotional loss of a special companion," said Steven Schaal, president of the North American region for Matthews Cremation. "For most communities, pet loss resources are limited, and this conference faculty will present a variety of different practical applications to integrate these services within an existing business model or a freestanding operation.”

The faculty will present a series of business development strategies that builds meaningful memorial services that connect with today’s pet parent. Featured topics include:

· The Business Landscape (Ron Salvatore – Matthews Cremation)

Focusing on the dynamic trends within pet services and the investment in pet crematories

· Funeral Home Integration (Michael Harris – Harris Funeral Home/Pet Passages™)

Discover the practical applications to successfully implement into a funeral home

· Veterinary Network (Scott Hunter – Gateway Pet Memorial)

Establish a “freestanding” operation that supports a nucleus of animal care professionals

· Pet Loss Legal (Chris Farmer - Sheehy, Ware & Pappas, P.C.)

How to protect your business and minimize the liabilities

· Pet Social Network (Ashley Montroy – Frontrunner Professional)

Discover exciting new ways in which to network with pet parents

This year’s conference will additionally feature pet loss suppliers who will showcase their specialty products and services.

The conference is open to anyone wishing to learn more about this dynamic service opportunity. For more information, please visit this website or call 1-800-327-2831 to secure seat(s) for one of the fastest growing service trends in North America.

About Matthews Cremation

Matthews Cremation, a division of Matthews International Corporation (MATW) has a mission: “To be focused on the success of our clients and environmental responsibility, as a total solutions provider of innovative products and services.” Operating four manufacturing facilities on two continents, Matthews Cremation produces cremation equipment, crematory accessories, environmentally-friendly caskets and service support materials to serve clients worldwide. Looking towards the future, Matthews champions “Cremation Green,” continually aiming towards environmentally-driven technology that lowers the carbon footprint, minimizes greenhouse gases and climate change impact. For more information, visit their website

About NFDA

NFDA is the world's leading and largest funeral service association, serving 19,700 individual members who represent more than 10,000 funeral homes in the United States and 39 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 to 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 their website

Posted April 30, 2013


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