For Immediate Release: June 29, 2016
Brookfield, Wis. – Pat Summit was the long-time coach of the Lady Vols and won more games than any other NCAA basketball coach. Buddy Ryan was a gridiron legend who was the architect of the Chicago Bears defense in the mid-80s. Two unique individuals who lived extraordinary lives died this week. Their stories are being told over and over by the media and by their family and friends as they take time to remember and honor their loved ones during the funerals and memorial services that will soon follow.
“Every individual has a unique and extraordinary life story – even if the media doesn’t always hear about it,” said NFDA President Bob Arrington, CCO, of Jackson, Tenn. “But, your family and friends should hear your story, that’s why members of the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA), have embraced a national effort called Have the Talk of a Lifetime. We are encouraging families to sit down and talk with their loved ones so those precious memories and stories can be treasured and shared for generations to come.”
Have the Talk of a Lifetime, developed by the Funeral and Memorial Information Council, of which NFDA is a member, is a national movement that motivates families to have conversations about life, what matters to them and what they value most.
“Whether you’re young or old, there’s no time like the present to ‘have the talk’ with your loved ones,” said Arrington. “Sitting down and sharing stories with your loved ones can be a tremendous gift; you’ll get to know your family in new and different ways – and they may discover something about you that they never knew before. There are many great Have the Talk of a Lifetime tools available to help you start a conversation.”
NFDA members throughout the country are helping families talk with their loved ones. To get started, families can visit the Have the Talk of a Lifetime website, www.talkofalifetime.org. There they’ll find tools, such as a workbook, brochure, blog, videos and more, all designed to help them begin a conversation.
If families need further guidance, a local NFDA-member funeral home can help; a member directory can be found by visiting www.nfda.org/find-a-funeral-home.
NFDA is the world's leading and largest funeral service association, serving 19,700 individual members who represent more than 10,000 funeral homes in the United States and 49 countries around the world. NFDA is the trusted leader, beacon for ethics and the strongest advocate for the profession. NFDA is the association of choice because it offers funeral professionals comprehensive educational resources, tools to manage successful businesses, guidance to become pillars in their communities and the expertise to foster future generations of funeral professionals. NFDA is headquartered in Brookfield, Wisconsin, and has an office in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.nfda.org.
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