International conference coming to Dorset

Dorset’s Douch Family Funeral Directors will be hosting the prestigious Selected Independent Funeral Homes European Summer Conference (SIFH) at Christchurch’s Captain’s Club Hotel.

Delegates will be attending from locations including the US, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark and all over the UK.

The conference will serve as a springboard for an exchange of ideas and best practices within the funeral industry.

In addition to a range of insightful sessions and panel discussions, the conference will provide delegates with unique networking opportunities, fostering collaborations across borders.

All attendees will have the chance to tour the local area, courtesy of Douch Family Funeral Directors, a tribute to the unique location where they operate.

The president of SIFH, W. Byron Calhoun, of Calhoun Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Cleveland, Ohio, will also be in attendance.

Nick Douch, managing director of Douch Family Funeral Directors and a former European chairman of SIFH, said: “We are honoured to be hosting this year’s conference.

“SIFH has a rich history spanning more than 100 years old and while it started in the US is now an international organisation.

“Member businesses are all family-owned and it really is fascinating to talk to funeral directors from other countries to learn and share new trends, best practices, and innovative approaches that shape our industry.

“Different cultures approach death in slightly different ways and the more we learn from others, the better we can be.

“One of the unique features of the conference will be a tribute to the Caribbean heritage of our family.”

The conference will be held between 8th and 11th of June.

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