Upcoming Programs

Facilitator Training for Suicide and Substance Use Bereavement Support Groups

In-person Session Offered May 3-4, 2023!
6 CEUs available (NYS)

As the nationwide suicide and opioid epidemics continued to shatter families in the U.S., need for support groups to help survivors is growing.

To address this need, the NYS Tribute Foundation has developed a training program for individuals to learn how to establish a support group dedicated to those bereaved by suicide or substance use death.

Registration is open

Participants will build awareness of the impact of suicide and overdose death and learn to conduct a support group for those bereaved by the painful loss of a loved one. Support group facilitation skills, self-awareness and self-care skills will also be studied. This training is structured for funeral directors, clergy, mental health professionals and non-clinicians with support group experience. The course is also appropriate for current support group facilitators who seek to strengthen their skills, stay up-to-date on the latest practices and explore issues experienced during support groups. Those who have endured loss due to suicide or substance use are also welcome to attend this course if it has been at least two years since their loss.

Instruction will take place at the headquarters of the New York State Funeral Directors Association in Albany, NY. Conducting the training sessions will be Franklin Cook, MA, CPC; Joanne L. Harpel, MPhil, JD; and John (Jack) Jordan, PH.D.

This training has been approved by the NYS Department of Health, Bureau of Funeral Directing for 6 CEUs. Register today!

Nearby Lodging:

Hilton Garden Inn – (518) 464-6666
Hotel Trilogy – (518) 869-9100
Crowne Plaza Albany – The Desmond Hotel – (518) 869-8100


Certified Celebrant Training

In-person Session Offered October 10-12, 2023!
6 CEUs available (NYS)

Back by popular demand! The Tribute Foundation is again hosting a multi-state Certified Celebrant Training at the NYSFDA headquarters in Albany. This training is specifically designed for anyone interested in understanding the process of the funeral service and learning how to personalize and design meaningful funerals or tributes. Professionals from CT, MA, NJ and PA are also invited to attend. Registration is open!

A successful celebrant is one who enjoys working with people, has writing and public speaking ability, as well as listening and consulting skills.

Curriculum Covered:
• Articulating the Value of the Funeral
• Listening Skills
• Family Meetings
• Service Planning
• Music and Readings Resources
• Eulogy Writing
• Closing Ceremonies
• Master of Ceremonies
• Presentation Skills
• Developing the Celebrant Concept in the Community

Who should attend?
• Funeral Directors
• Preneed and Aftercare Specialists
• Hospice Professionals
• Clergy
• Chaplains
• Business-people
• Students

Register today!

Registration Rates: NYSFDA Members/Students – $800 | Non-members – $950

Nearby Lodging:

Hilton Garden Inn – (518) 464-6666
Hotel Trilogy – (518) 869-9100
Crowne Plaza Albany – The Desmond Hotel – (518) 869-8100


New York State Tribute Foundation is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization. Individual contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
All contributors will be recognized as part of the Tribute Foundation’s donor recognition program.

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