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Your Complete Guide to the 2016 NFDA Convention (Parts 1-4)

Oct 20, 2016

ASD’s blog is your go-to source for everything you need to know about the upcoming convention and all that Philadelphia has to offer. Read our 2016 NFDA GUIDE blog series to make the most of your convention experience. Each part of our series focuses on a different aspect of the convention or of the city. We hope this guide helps you to plan a fun, enriching and memorable convention week. We look forward to seeing everyone in Philly!

PART ONE: 7 Reasons October is the Best Time For Funeral Directors to Visit Philadelphia

From rich history to delicious cuisine to cultural attractions, there is no shortage of good reasons why funeral directors should spend some time in the city of brotherly love. However, I can promise you that October is without a doubt the best time of year to visit Philly for a variety of reasons. If you’re a big fan of Halloween-related events and excursions, you’ll be happier than a grinning Jack-O-Lantern at the number of different attractions there are to check out. If you love Fall foliage and watching the leaves change color, we have a few recommendations on where to find the best views. Or, if your favorite thing about October is autumn flavors, we can tell you where to get your pumpkin-spice fix.

PART TWO: 9 NFDA Convention Sessions You Won’t Want to Miss

Every year, funeral professionals pack the NFDA Convention seminar rooms and auditoriums to hear experts discuss the latest ideas and advancements impacting the funeral service community. The ASD team always takes time to attend these sessions to hear different perspectives from convention presenters. With such a full lineup of dynamic speakers, it is always a challenge for us to decide which seminars we should attend. That is why we have scoured this year’s schedule of classes with a fine-tooth comb to create this list of can’t-miss sessions.

It is also important to keep in mind that there may be a specific topic not on this list that would especially beneficial for your funeral home. Be sure to check the NFDA’s full lineup of convention seminars, conversation cafes and keynote speakers to decide what subjects would be most valuable for you and your funeral home staff. Be sure to follow our Twitter page, @myASDCalls throughout the convention and especially during sessions. We will be LIVE tweeting tips and suggestions from convention seminars.

PART THREE: 10 Events, Attractions and Sights to Check Out At NFDA 2016

ASD is located approximately 25 miles from Philadelphia in the town of Media, a quaint and suburban neighborhood known as “Everybody’s Hometown.” We have always felt very fortunate to have the best of both worlds by being situated so close to a major city filled with history and culture without having to separate from our small-town roots. The close proximity to the city has provided us with a great deal of knowledge about Philadelphia including where to find hidden gems and which tourist traps should be avoided. We are excited to share this insider knowledge with you to help you plan a fun and memorable week in Philly.

Whatever you’re looking to do during your time in Philadelphia—from rewarding volunteer experiences to historical sightseeing to the best nightlife hotspots—the third installment of our convention guide will help you to plan an enriching AND exciting convention itinerary.

Part FOUR: 16 Distinctly Philadelphian Restaurants and Food Spots To Sample During NFDA 2016

One of the best perks of attending the NFDA every year is that it gives you a chance to sample the best cuisine of different cities. We love discovering great places to chow down at NFDA Conventions throughout the country. From the delicious barbeque spots in Austin, to the savory southern home-style cooking of Nashville, to the unforgettable steak houses in Indianapolis, NFDA Convention cities always offers their own distinct and delectable fare. With this year’s convention right in our backyard, we wanted to share where you can find the best restaurants and eateries in Philadelphia to satisfy every craving and budget.

Read our list to find out where to find the best cheesesteak in the city, what historic, colonial tavern serves up dishes like turkey pot pie and roast duckling, and how to decide what to eat in culinary mecca that is Reading Terminal Market.

Thank you for reading ASD’s 2016 NFDA Guide. We hope that it helps you to plan a fun, enriching and exciting convention week! We look forward to seeing everyone next week!

About The Author

Jess Farren (Fowler)

Jess Farren (Fowler) is a Public Relations Specialist and Staff Writer who has been a part of the ASD team since 2003. Jess manages ASD’s company blog and has been published in several funeral trade magazines. She has written articles on a variety of subjects including communication, business planning, technology, marketing and funeral trends. You can contact Jess directly at

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