HI All - My first big teleconference and my first time blogging. I'm not sure how much detail to put in this blog. Do you want to know every every caller's name and everything that was said? Yikes! I'll start with an overview and you tell me what you think.
We counted a total of 12 in attendance.(Two from Canada!) A wonderful beginning. Heather Massey and I as the facilitators decided to leave the agenda open to see what folks wanted to talk about.
Three issues came up pretty clearly. First training, where it was happening and the cost. Three trainers were on the call and spoke about their offerings, Jerri Grace Lyons, Donna Belk and Char Bennett. We also included information about Nancy Poer and Beth Knox.
Certification of home funeral guides, always a hot topic. Not a whole lot of concrete information is immediately available since the Alliance is in the process of formulating a policy. That discussion will be ongoing I'm sure.
The last hot topic was how do we make a living doing this work. This included one caller who has a 3 week workshop focusing on advanced planning and the Five Wishes as part of her home funeral service. Great discussion about how we feel about doing this work and the decisions we all must make to support ourselves and the potential pitfalls of going too deeply into the legal aspects of end-of-life planning. One caller directed us to a Canadian website called Speak Up which is part of an advanced planning campaign started by their government (I think).
As we were going around with final thoughts and feedback someone said that the call was helpful on many levels but for her it had been important to be a part of a conversation that we don't get to have every day. I felt similarly.
I wanted to remind you all of our Mentoring Program. Heather, Donna and I are offering our support and experience to anyone who wants/needs it. Please see the Member Resource page for more details. There are a bunch more things I'm supposed to remind you all of but I have to go away and refer to an email I received and then come back.
Again, I look forward to feedback about my very first blogging experience!