This online CE course is a comprehensive course and provides learners with a solid foundation in the study of the role of the funeral director, the composite of services performed from pre-planning to aftercare of the bereaved. All components of body preparation, funeral services, service to families and survivors and burial are presented. This course also continues to offer further education in working with the bereaved Students will also be exposed to federal and states laws that govern the practice of funeral directors and funeral services. Processes for pre-planning are included as well as content related to burial and cremations. Types of funeral services are presented and relativity to different cultures and religions are discussed. Common types of permits and documents which are prepared and used in rendering funeral services are also discussed. Upon successful completion of this course, students are awarded 60 hours of continuing education credits. Course Code: FN 200.
This course is particularly designed for those who would like to apply for Certification as a Certified Funeral Service Associate by the American Institute of Funeral Service Associates. You must have successfully completed our CEU course GC 400: Death, Dying and Mourning, and FN 190 Psychosocial Aspects of Death, Dying and Grief, before taking this course.
Instructor/Course Author: Dominick L. Flarey, Ph.D, MBA,RN-BC, ANP-BC, GC-C
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TIME FRAME: You are allotted two years from the date of enrollment, to complete this course. There are no set time-frames, other than the two year allotted time. If you do not complete the course within the two-year time-frame, you will be removed from the course and an “incomplete” will be recorded for you in our records. Also, if you would like to complete the course after this two-year expiration time, you would need to register and pay the course tuition fee again.
TEXTBOOKS: There are two (2) required textbooks for this course.
1. Last Rites: The Work of the Modern Funeral Director. By: Glennys Howarth. Amityville;Baywood Publishing;1996. ISBN # 0895031345
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2. At Journey’s End: The Complete Guide to Funerals and Funeral Planning. By: Abdullah Fatteh and Naaz Fatteh. Los Angeles;Health Information Press:1999.ISBN: 1885987196
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GRADING: You must achieve a passing score of at least 70% to complete this course and receive the 60 hours of awarded continuing education credit. There are no letter grades assigned. You will receive notice of your total % score. Those who score below the minimum of 70% will be contacted by the American Academy of Grief Counseling and options for completing additional course work to achieve a passing score, will be presented.
BOARD APPROVALS: AIHCP is an approved provider of continuing education by the American Institute of Health Care Professionals (The Provider) is approved by the California Board of Registered Nurses, Provider number # CEP 15595 for 60 Contact Hours. Access information
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ONLINE CLASSROOM RESOUCES AND TOOLS
* Examination Access: there is link to take you right to the online examination program where you can print out your examination and work with it. All examinations are formatted as “open book” tests. When you are ready, you can access the exam program at anytime and click in your responses to the questions. Full information is provided in the online classrooms.
* Student Resource Center: there is a link for access to a web page “Student Resource Center.” The Resource Center provides for easy access to all of our policies/procedures and additional information regarding applying for certification. We also have many links to many outside reference sites, such as online libraries that you may freely access.
* Online Evaluation: there is a link in the classroom where you may access the course evaluation. All students completing a course, must, without exception, complete the course evaluation.
* Faculty Access Information: you will have access to your instructor’s online resume/biography, as well as your instructor’s specific contact information.
* Additional Learning Materials: some faculty have prepared additional “readings” and /or brief lecture notes to enhance your experience. All of these are available in the online classrooms.
COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
1).Define and discuss myths and facts of the death service industry.
2). Understand from a foundational perspective, the role and responsibilities of the modern funeral director.
3). Discuss issues related to public influence on the death service industry and major past reform issues.
4). Define and discuss key ethical issues for the funeral services industry.
5). Begin to identify major issues related to grief, counseling, and the funeral service industry.
6). Define and discuss key components of government regulation related to the death care industry.
7). Construct a profile of the modern funeral services and the processes involved in providing funeral services.
8). Define and discuss the role of today’s modern funeral director.
9).Define and discuss issues related to one’s own mortality.
10). Construct an obituary.
11). Discuss the process of “pre-need” funeral planning.
12). Define critical issues around estate planning.
13). Discuss “living wills” and anatomical donations
14). Discuss the major stages of the grieving process for survivors
15). Define and discuss common methods of embalming.
16). Discuss the most common methods of burials.
17). Define issues related to preparation and burial of autopsied bodies.
18). Define and discuss the economics of funerals
19). Define funeral fraud and the funeral rule.
20). Discuss Federal Assistance for costs of funeral seri vices.
21). Understanding issues for funeral services when death occurs overseas.
22). Legal issues related to death and funeral services.
23). Identify the regulations governing funeral services including OSHA.
24). Describe and discuss death rites and customs of cultures from a global perspective.
25). Access and review information on funeral and memorial societies and organizations.
A brief abstract of content:
1. Modern death rituals and the role of the funeral director
2. The Business of funeral directing
3. Path to the funeral services/director education and licensing
4. Roles and functions of funeral service assistants
5. Strategies for managing stigma of the funeral service industry
6. Death and disease
7. Law enforcement agencies
8. Process of making funeral arrangements
9. The funeral service and the minister
10. Humanizing the body
11. Embalming and cosmetology
12. Dressing a body
13. Funeral ceremonies
14. Funeral processions and burial
15. Future issues in funeral services
16. Pre need planning process and function
17. Living wills and organ donation
18. Funerals and the grieving process
19. Types and purposes of embalming
20. Burial and cremation
21. Economics of funerals
22. Memorial societies
23. Funeral fraud and the funeral rule
24. Paying for a funeral
25. Regulation of the funeral industry
26. Death rites and customs around the world