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CANA's 102nd Annual Cremation Innovation Convention
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8/5/2020 to 8/6/2020

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Weren't able to join us for our Virtual Convention Sessions? Catch the session recordings below, free for registered attendees and available for purchase for anyone else. See who exhibited in the Virtual Trade Show at this link or below.


CANA's 102nd Annual Cremation Innovation Convention

CANA's Annual Convention was re-imagined for a Virtual Platform to bring hundreds of death care professionals together from all over the world to connect with their colleagues and suppliers meeting the demand of a pandemic world. Presenters were specifically chosen to address the challenges of today and inspiration for the future. See full speaker details on our dedicated Speakers page.


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Unifying on Common Ground: It’s Now or Never
Codi Shewan
Keynote & Founder, EverLearn Associates

“When we realize that we’re not alone, we gain the strength and the resolve of others experiencing similar challenges to bolster our resilience in the face of adversity.” -Codi Shewan

This presentation employs an interactive approach, whereby participants will be immersed in a dynamic conversation with their peers with the objective of realizing how their unique challenges are by and large, more common than they may have thought. Participants will discover their shared experiences, while at the same time reinforce the value of their association community as they help one another navigate the challenges in front of them. Tools to manage that change proactively will be introduced and explored, as participants consider how they frame the professions ever-shifting landscape, and their own organizations lens on managing that change.

recording not available
but you can get a copy of Codi's book here

Witness Cremation Ceremonies
Heather Braatz Instructional Designer, Worsham College of Mortuary Science
Donald Braatz, Crematory Operator/Support Staff Manager (Former), Evergreen Washelli

Just like lowering a casket into the grave, witnessing a loved ones casket as it enters the retort may produce one of the most profound realizations in life: we must all physically separate. In this practical seminar, we will help funeral directors develop ways to communicate and offer this important ceremony to all families who select cremation. We will discuss ways to build trust and properly prepare the family for a ceremony at the crematory, building rapport between funeral directors and crematory operators, and explore ways of overcoming barriers. No matter what your facilities look like, we can help you develop a reverent and memorable ceremony that provides a meaningful last goodbye for the family.

Bouncing Back After COVID-19: Strategies to Heal & Thrive in Life & Business
Jason Troyer
Psychiatrist & Founder,

The coronavirus pandemic created significant disruption to funeral services. Funeral professionals now have an opportunity to reflect and rebuild their business and their personal lives. Dr. Troyer will review specific strategies to heal from the challenges of the pandemic and emerge stronger and better prepared for future challenges. Topics will include dealing with the lingering emotional stress, adopting time-saving strategies and tools, and creating processes that will better equip you to withstand future crises.

10 First Steps for Adding Cremation to your Business
Thomas Krowl
VP Marketing, Cremation Systems

This presentation is a primer for beginning in the process of adding cremation equipment to a funeral service business. Topics covered: Economic justification, planning and zoning, crematory design, retort specifications, state air quality permits, legal aspects, insurance coverage and certified crematory operator class.


Cremation During COVID-19: A Discussion with Three Last Responders from the Front-Line
Jim Koslovski President, Rosedale & Rosehill Cemeteries
Jon Rettig, Sr. Licensed Embalmer/Funeral Director, Family Care Services
Sandra Walker Vice President, Pacific NW Cremation/Fairmount Memorial
Moderator: Larry Stuart, Jr. Founder, Cremation Strategies & Consulting

Even though businesses in the death-care space were deemed “essential” and could operate, this did not mean business as usual. Every CANA member/death care professional has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in some way. Some have survived outbreaks in hotspots, others have had to master new technology to shift services online, all have struggled to access PPE and resupply. These are only a few examples of how COVID-19 and the resulting public health interventions have changed our profession. But the worldwide pandemic will end, and we will resume our lives armed with lessons learned from these days to better manage change, risk and better prepare for when the next one comes.

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Exhibitor Directory

Walk the virtual convention floor and enter an unstaffed booth by scrolling to the bottom of the list to see their listing.
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Exhibitors Directory