However it was you came to funeral service employment, there was a point when you were new. Maybe you were the watchful apprentice or reluctant car washer, confident you knew everything or quietly hovering in the back of the chapel. This month’s virtual Funeral Professionals Peer Support Meeting reflects on our what our earliest expectations were in order to find insights into the mindset of incoming young professionals. Join the conversation Tuesday, May 21, 2024 at 8pm ET / 7pm CT / 5pm PT.

After a decade of full-time service as a funeral director and embalmer in Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire, Sarah Stopyra felt a calling to share her knowledge of the profession with others. In 2013, she found her home in the classroom and never left. She now serves as Program Coordinator and Associate Professor at the newly launched Funeral Service Program at North Shore Community College in Danvers, Massachusetts. Her decades of experience in funeral service and with students gives her particular insight into what young professionals dream of doing and what funeral service is.

Everyone’s journey toward the funeral profession may be different, but everyone can relate to being new, when our aspirations butted up against the realities of the job. Sarah will share her experience with the students of today – who they are, their experiences and hopes – and facilitate discussion on our expectations and goals for them, ourselves and the future of the profession.

Join the conversation on the moment expectation meets reality with Stopyra and your colleagues from all walks of experience. The virtual funeral professional peer support meeting is Tuesday, May 21, 2024 at 8pm ET / 7pm CT / 5pm PT via Zoom link at No registration is required, simply follow the link to join.

About Funeral Professionals Peer Support

Funeral Professionals Peer Support Group is committed to providing support, healing, education and knowledge to funeral professionals. They promote wholeness and wellness by uniting funeral sector professionals through a Canada-wide network of regional organizations offering support, information and resources within their community.

 About CANA

Founded in 1913, the Cremation Association of North America (CANA) is an international organization of over 3,700 members, composed of funeral homes, cemeteries, crematories, industry suppliers, and consultants. CANA members believe that cremation is preparation for memorialization.

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