Research & Learning

The Selected Educational Trust will continue to fund lifelong learning opportunities for all who work in or desire to work in independent funeral service. The Board continues to explore ideas, including research, awards, and other programs that would benefit the profession. Suggestions are always welcome, and funding opportunities exist for those who desire to
fund specific activities.

Through collaboration with schools, professional associations, foundations, businesses, and career professionals; the Trust has extended a cooperative hand to work together to provide better solutions for tomorrow. It is through these efforts that the Trust was able to embark on developing its Best Practices Educational Program. Watch for more information about this exciting, new program coming early in 2020!



In 2014 and 2015, the Educational Trust provided $20,000 to help support “The Talk of a Lifetime,” a guide to help families have meaningful conversations with their loved ones about life and the things that matter most. Selected members are providing information and literature to help facilitate “The Talk” through the joint efforts of FAMIC members, the leading associations in the death-care profession. Visit the Talk of a Lifetime website.

Funding the FAMIC Study

The Educational Trust provided over $10,000 on behalf of the association to help fund the most recent FAMIC Study. FAMIC stands for the Funeral and Memorialization Information Council and is comprised of the leading associations in the death-care profession. The FAMIC Study measures consumer attitudes toward the entire funeral profession and is an important source of information for all practitioners. This study is costly since nearly 2000 consumers participate in in-depth interviews to gain unbiased feedback.