Diversity and Inclusion in Funeral Service

About the Course:
The course will further focus on the importance of respecting the cultural practices and traditions of co-workers, as well as client families served. Several strategies and suggestions are presented to assist in the serving of families with conflict resulting from diversity within the family. The most important lesson presented is the importance of respecting one another, regardless of others' beliefs or practices.


Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this course, the learner should be able to:
  • Recognize the historical segregation of many cultures in funeral service.
  • Understand the importance of inclusion for all practices.
  • Understand the importance of cultural traditions in funeral and memorial
  • service practices. 
  • Recognize potential conflicting cultural practices and beliefs within families.
  • Develop the ability to respect other beliefs and practices.
About the Author: 
Cody Walker, FD
, is a funeral director, embalmer, and instructor at Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. Cody holds a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Louisiana State University Alexandria, an associate of applied science in funeral service from Dallas Institute, and is currently earning a Master of Art in higher education administration from Louisiana State University. He has practiced at every level of funeral service, gaining knowledge and experience in all aspects of funeral directing, embalming, and funeral home management. He sincerely enjoys the opportunity to teach others.