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In celebration of National Family History Month, the Funeral Service Foundation and NFDA have curated a special nationwide pilot program that weaves together the importance of sharing and capturing family stories with the Have the Talk of a Lifetime® public outreach initiative. Through a series of unique and engaging events hosted by funeral service professionals and held throughout the U.S., community members and families will be inspired to talk about life and the things that matter most.

About National Family History Month – In 2001, Congress first passed a resolution introduced by Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, who wrote, “It is only natural that we want to find out more about our ancestors, and what a better way to bring families closer together than by discovering more about the story of your own family?” Family history enthusiasts continue to celebrate Family History Month every October.

All events are complimentary and event participants will receive a free Have the Talk of a Lifetime deck of cards to take home and use with family members. Light food and refreshments will be provided at most locations.  


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Monday, October 3 – Friday, October 7, 2016

Celebrating Community Veterans
Hosted by Emerald Hills Funeral Home, part of The Signature Group
To honor and showcase the stories of veterans, Emerald Hills will be interviewing and videotaping members of the community who have served in the armed forces. Interviews will be posted on the funeral home webpage for community members to view. Emerald Hills staff will use Have the Talk of a Lifetime questions as a format for the interviews.

Location: 500 Kennedale Sublett, Kennedale, TX 76060
Time: Various times
Contact: Zach Carnley; 817-572-1681

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Meet the Author, Allison Gilbert
Hosted by Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, The Villages
Author Allison Gilbert will present an interactive workshop featuring ideas from her book “Passed and Present: Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive.”

Location: 1511 Buenos Aires Blvd., The Villages, FL 32159
Time: 11:00 a.m. (invitation only; for end-of-Life professionals) & 3:00 p.m. (all are welcome)
Contact: Barbara Carbaugh or Lisa High; 352-877-7288

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Family Art Workshop
Hosted by Daniels Family Funeral Service – Wyoming Chapel, part of The Signature Group
Museum staff will lead families in a family scrapbooking activity.

Location: Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, 2000 Mountain Road NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Contact: Brian Warner; 505-821-0010

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Silver Linings Connect With National Family History Month
Hosted by Daniels Family Funeral Service – Wyoming Reception Center, part of The Signature Group
Social workers from the Silver Linings networking group will be led through a fun, interactive activity on how to Have the Talk of a Lifetime.

Location: 7601 Wyoming Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109
Time: 9:30 a.m.– 11:30 a.m.
Contact: Brian Warner; 505-821-0010

Worsham College: A Family Tradition
Hosted by Worsham College of Mortuary Science
Using her own personal family history, Stephanie Kann, vice-president of Worsham College, will lead students through an interactive exercise that demonstrates how sharing stories and traditions can initiate a powerful dialogue between families.

Location: 495 Northgate Parkway, Wheeling, IL 60090
Time: TBD (event intended for current students)
Contact: Stephanie Kann; 847-808-8444

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Finding and Preserving Your Story
Hosted by Wappner Funeral Directors and Crematory
Professional genealogist Amy Johnson Crow will present on “Finding and Preserving Your Story” for future generations.

Location: Life Celebration Reception Center, 129 South Main Street, Mansfield, OH 44902
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Contact: Jerry Inebnit; 419-961-6615

My Family Legacy Through Food
Hosted by Arrington Funeral Directors & Crematory
Restaurant owner Clark Shaw will share the family recipes they have been using for generations at the Old Country Store Restaurant. In addition, participants will be instructed on how to create their own “Family Cookbook” of recipes to share with generations to come.

Location: 148 W. University Parkway, Jackson, TN 38305
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Contact: Dr. Jerry N. Tidwell; 731-668-1111

No Day Like Today
Hosted by Krause Funeral Homes & Cremation Service
Personal Historian and Founder and Owner of Legacies, LLC, Mary Patricia Voell, will present an interactive presentation entitled No Day Like Today. It’s never too early or too late to tell the story of a lifetime. Learn the healing value to self and importance to future generations of telling and preserving personal and family stories. Discover the whys of going beyond genealogy and infusing the past with vitality.

Location: 21600 W. Capitol Drive, Brookfield, WI 53072
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Contact: Mark Krause; 414-464-4640

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Telling Your Story
Hosted by Avista Cremation and Burial, part of The Signature Group
Personal historian, Tom Gilbert will lead an interactive workshop/presentation on how to begin documenting your personal history for future generations.

Location: The Montecito of Santa Fe Assisted Living Facility, 500 Rodeo Road, Santa Fe, NM 87505
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Contact: James Martinez; 505-438-2959

The Talk of a Lifetime: Preserving Family Legacies Workshop
Hosted by March Funeral Homes
WhatsYourGrief.com founders, Litsa Williams and Eleanor will lead a series of workshops on strengthening family bonds, expressing final wishes, and keeping memories alive through rituals, traditions and storytelling.

Location: March Life Tribute Center, 5616 Old Court Road, Randallstown, MD
Time: 10:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

10:00 -10:30: Registration Welcome & Vendors
10:30 -11:15: Workshop 1 – Grief: It’s a Family Affair…Strengthening the Bonds
11:15-12:00 Workshop 2 – Getting Your House in Order…Expressing Final Wishes
12:00-1:00: Lunch and Vendors (Ancestry.com, Living Legacy, Scrapbook making, Family History Documentaries, etc.)
1:00-1:45: Workshop 3 – The Stories Between Us-Keeping Memories Alive through rituals, traditions and storytelling
1:45- 2:30: Vendors
 Contact: Victor March; 410-435-0500

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Capturing Memories: A Workshop on Preserving Stories of a Life Well Lived
Hosted by Newington Memorial Funeral Home
Personal historian, Sarah Merrill will hold a 90-minute workshop that will educate and assist participants on how to create family histories and memoirs.

Location: 20 Bonair Avenue, Newington, CT 06111
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Contact: Denise Verner;  860-666-0600

Meet the Author, Allison Gilbert
Hosted by The Island Funeral Home and Crematory
Author Allison Gilbert will present an interactive workshop featuring ideas from her book “Passed and Present: Keeping memories of Loved Ones Alive.”

Location: 4 Cardinal Road, Hilton Head, SC 29926
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Contact: Sheri Richardson Stahl; 843-681-4400

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Painting Conversations
Hosted by Overland Park Funeral Chapel, part of The Signature Group
Pinot’s Palette will guide guests on an adventure of painting, wine and storytelling. Participants will paint family trees that incorporate meaningful words.

Location: 8201 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, KS 66204
Time: 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Contact: Johnnie Lomonte; 913-648-6224

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Biography Now and Creating a Family Legacy
Hosted by Schoedinger Funeral and Cremation Service
Biography Now will present on how to create a family legacy using their unique product.

Location: 6699 N. High Street, Worthington, OH 43085
Time: 11:30 a.m. & 4:00 p.m.
Contact: Julie Olds; 614-429-5703

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Honoring our Veterans
Hosted by Emerald Hills Funeral Home, part of The Signature Group

This show and tell event will encourage veterans and their family members to come, bring artifacts from their wartime experiences and have a night to honor them for the sacrifice they gave our country.

Location: 500 Kennedale Sublett, Kennedale, TX 76060
Time: 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Contact: Zach Carnley; 817-572-1681

Throughout October

Fifth Grade Legacy Project
Completed by Saint Therese Catholic School’s fifth-grade class, Albuquerque, NM
Led by fifth grade teacher and Your-Life-Story.com personal historian, Tom Gilbert, students will interview their parents and grandparents and learn about the importance of family legacy, and talking about what matters most.

Location:  311 Shropshire Place NW, Albuquerque, NM
Time: Ongoing
Contact: Tom Gilbert