Press release – September / October 2009
FUNERAIRE PARIS 2009
Rites & Roads Forward
Funéraire Paris 2009 will take place from 19 to 21 November next in Le Bourget, a
trade-show venue outside Paris. It is this trade’s national and international
benchmark gathering, and the one that professionals come to because they want
to stay abreast of developments, exchange and think about their business, and
about what families perceive and expect.
CONFERENCES, DEBATES… AND EXHIBITIONS
This 12th Funéraire Paris trade show will be an opportunity for debates and other
attractions focusing on the big issues today, and to showcase funeral professionals’
Thursday 19 November 2009
F UNÉRAIRE P ARIS 2009 opening ceremony by the Interior Ministry’s Local Community
Agency (pending confirmation)
2.00 – 3.30 pm A conference on the 19/12/2008 law on funerary services and its
bylaws, with the CPFM (Confédération des Professionnels du
Funéraire et de la Marbrerie/Marble and Funeral Professional
• Simpler police checks and the new fee schedule
• Administrative authorisations
• Cremation services and dealing with ashes
• Cemetery management:
- Compulsory “funerary sites” in communes with more than
- Cremating exhumed remains
- The procedure for monuments threatening collapse
• Templates to draw up funerary-service quotes
• Professional funerary degrees
• Reviving and refreshing the funeral contract and national
3.30 – 6.00 pm “Funerary sites in the limelight”, a conference organised by
Funéraire Magazine and chaired by Olivier Gehin to present the
results of the cremation-professional survey on organising funerary
memorials, and more.
Followed by the Funerary Memorial award ceremony.
The Musée National Funéraire’s society of friends will be running two guided tours of Père
Lachaise cemetery during FUNÉRAIRE P ARIS 2009 (Thursday 19 November at 4.00pm and
Friday 20 November 2009
2.00 – 3.00 pm The results of CREDOC’s* third survey on “The French
This vast CSNAF initiative goes back several years, and
aims to improve consumer satisfaction by running an
extensive qualitative and quantitative sociological survey
spanning a 1,000-respondent sample. The results will be
released at Funéraire Paris 2009.
* Centre de Recherche pour l’Étude et l’Observation des Conditions de
Vie, a research centre focusing on living conditions.
3.00 pm A conference on developments in the national
thanatopractice professional qualification (for a fast-
changing trade), in association with CPFM:
- The national thanatopractice degree,
- Practical training assessment
André Chabot will be at the La Mémoire Nécropolitaine stand signing the first copies of
his “Dictionnaire Illustré de Symbolique Funéraire” (illustrated dictionary of funerary
symbols). La Mémoire Nécropolitaine (Paris) and Mémogrames, Les Éditions de la
Mémoire (Brussels) published this reference book spanning the full spectrum of signs
from cemeteries around the world.
Mémoire Nécropolitaine will also be organising a photographic exhibition for this event.
Last but not least, FUNÉRAIRE PARIS 2009 will be featuring a 110sqm area focusing on
family-reception architecture, and on an innovative, inviting concept to facilitate family
reunions and promote exchanges and services in “rest” areas, “interaction” areas (books,
audio, video, etc.) and “traces” areas (books, personal items, etc.).
Nathalie Doriac, a young set designer, found
the challenge exciting: “I really loved working on
this project. There was a lot of feeling involved,
especially when I met the people I talked to
while I was doing my research.” “I wanted to
submit the project as a “catalogue” that
professionals could use to pick and mix the
options that would make their family-reception
areas smarter and more human, to provide
three universes where grieving families can get
together and get back in touch, remember the
deceased, and live, eat, drink, wait, talk and
INTERNATIONAL VILLAGES AND FOREIGN VISITOR GROUPS
FUNÉRAIRE PARIS 2009 will be featuring international pavilions (Germany, China, Spain,
Finland, the UK, Italy, Poland, Sweden, etc.) to boost exhibitor exposure. It is also
running a reception programme, and a business-matchmaking service for foreign visitors
who want to meet exhibitors.
FUNÉRAIRE PARIS 2009 is intent on addressing all the issues that the trade is dealing with
today, encouraging exchanges, spurring debate and showcasing professional expertise
and creativity in efforts to develop sensible and sensitive services for families.
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