Virtual Roundtable: Connecting with the LGBTQ Community

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Thursday, August 20, 2020 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   iCalendar Central Standard Time

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1 CE Hour

Enhance Your Firm’s Relationship with the LGBTQ Community!

The relationship between the LGBTQ community and the funeral services profession has historically been problematic, often due to stigma, oversight, and lack of education. Murphy and McLoone will demystify LGBTQ identities; identify common experiences of exclusion and generate practical strategies to reach and serve more effectively LGBTQ-identified clients and staff. Learn ways to ensure that LGBTQ community members within the profession and those served by the profession are equally supported with inclusivity and protection from discrimination.

 Key Takeaways:

  • Understand the prevalence and impact of LGBTQ discrimination within the profession
  • Develop plans to identify and meet the LGBTQ market
  • Better serve clients who are often disenfranchised in their grieving experiences
  • Strengthen your ability to retain and support LGBTQ employees within your business



Timothy McLoone is a Licensed Funeral Director & Certified Celebrant for the Joseph A. Fluehr III Funeral Home in Pennsylvania.  Licensed in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Tim has cultivated high levels of knowledge and expertise through his extensive work in all facets of the business while working in both corporate and family-owned business settings. He earned his BA in Communications from York College of Pennsylvania and his AAS in Funeral Service Education from Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, PA where he serves as a Member of the department’s Advisory Board.


Sara Murphy, PhD, CT, is a death educator and certified thanatologist (Association for Death Education and Counseling). Dr. Murphy teaches at the University of Rhode Island and conducts workshops and seminars on death, dying, and bereavement nationwide for professional organizations, schools, and community groups.


Approved for 1 CE hour by APFSP and by most state and province licensing boards.

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