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European Meetings

European Meetings give members in Europe a chance to connect. They also are a valuable opportunity for North American members to attend and learn from professionals in another part of the world—often the new best practice or upcoming trend originates outside the U.S.!

Upcoming European Meetings

Mark your calendar for these upcoming meetings.

  • Autumn 2024 - London, England - November 12


European Group Contact

Peter Johnson
European Group Secretary
43 Laburnum Grove, Cleadon Village
SR6 7RJ England
Telephone: +447765848803


International Group Members in the News

A.W. Lymn Encourages Other Funeral Firms to Collect Hearing Aids Destined for Landfill
Funeral Business Raises Funds for Dorset Breast Cancer Unit
A Boost for Veterans from Dorset Business
A.W. Lymn Celebrates Next Generation Success with Two Newly Qualified Embalmers
International Conference Coming to Dorset
A.W. Lymn Helps to Donate Hundreds of Hearing Aids to Eastern Europe
A.W. Lymn Launches Bespoke Military and Veteran Funerals
A.W. Lymn Invests in Team and Cements Support in Stonemasonry Department
A.W. Lymn Centenary Foundation Spreads Festive Joy with Tree Donations
A.W. Lymn Receives Approval for New Clifton Funeral Home
A.W. Lymn The Family Funeral Service Appoints New Director
Cheering Station Opened by A.W. Lymn for Nottingham's Robin Hood Half Marathon
Free Rolls-Royce Rides at A.W. Lymn Open Day
A.W. Lymn to Go Green with Electric Fleet
Dorset Funeral Director Goes International
Dorset's Nick Douch, Represents European Funeral Directors at US Conference
A.W. Lymn Funeral Director Up for Top National Award
A.W. Lymn Secures Plans for Cemetery to Be Built near Calverton
From Pastry Chef to Funeral Arranger, A.W. Lymn Recruits the Cream of the Crop
A.W. Lymn Centenary Foundation Donates £10k to Ukrainian Catholic Church
A.W. Lymn Goes Above and Beyond with Drone Services at Funerals
A.W. Lymn Expands In-house Florist Team as Business Blooms
Isabel Walton Crowned Apprentice of the Year
Jeremy Field appointed OBE in New Year's Honours List


Pacific Meetings

Pacific Meetings give members in the Pacific region a chance to connect. They also are a valuable opportunity for North American members to attend and learn from professionals in another part of the world — often the new best practice or upcoming trend originates outside the U.S.!

Upcoming Pacific Meetings

Mark your calendar for these upcoming meetings.

  • Oct/Nov 2024 - Christchurch, NZ
  • May 2025 - Port Douglas, QLD


2024 Pacific Group Autumn Meeting

Selected’s Pacific Group members connected for their Autumn Meeting May 16-18. The meeting began on Thursday evening with a meal at Ahmets Turkish Restaurant.

On Friday a business session was held from 9.00 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Rydges Southbank followed by a tour of the Alex Gow Funerals facility in the suburb of Geebung.

They met on Friday afternoon at the Great Northern Garden of Remembrance Crematorium and Memorial Gardens (GNGOR). Alex Gow Funerals purchased this facility from Invocare (formerly SCI) in August 2011. Afternoon tea was followed by the business session in the chapel.

Saturday morning was a visit at the Redland Crematorium and Memorial Gardens (RCMG) in the suburb of Thornlands in the city of Redland Bay. This facility is owned and has been designed by Alex Gow Funerals and is currently still under construction. After a tour of the facility and morning tea, the final business session was held in the partly constructed chapel.

Lunch was enjoyed at The Lighthouse Restaurant over looking Redland Bay.

Free time was available to explore Brisbane’s South Bank before heading to the Gabba Stadium to see the Brisbane Lions 163 thrash the Richmond Tigers 44 in a game of Aussie Rules.

The meeting concluded with dinner at the Rustic Olive.

Selected thanks Brett and Anita Gow of Alex Gow Funerals for hosting this event.

2023 Pacific Group Summer Meeting

Selected’s Pacific Group members connected for their Summer Meeting October 26-29. Topics for discussion included Chat GPT and funeral service, staff training, post-service surveys, variations of direct cremation services, after-hours on-call structures, staff recruitment and retainment, preneed marketing and alternative disposal methods.

A great lineup of speakers was selected for the event. Mortuary technician Heidi Stoll presented on casting. Senior administrator Marie-Louise presented data on death statistics across the Australian subcontinent. Finally, Morris O’Connell shared remarks from his experience as a frontline relief worker in Ukraine.

“Being a part of Selected is so valuable in business and in personal growth,” said event hostess Claire Forgie of Taylor & Forgie Funeral Directors. “I have many more years ahead of me and each meeting I come away with ideas to implement and solutions to everyday difficulties.”

Selected thanks Claire and her father Mark for hosting this event.

For additional information email Claire Forgie or call +61 4 2291 6436.
Alternate contact: Mark Forgie (+61 4 1117 3390).


Pacific Group Contact

Beth King
Pacific Group Chair
Kings Funerals
130 Bellarine Highway, Newcomb, Victoria 3219, Australia
Telephone: +61 3 5248 3444

Claire Forgie
Pacific Group Deputy Chair
Taylor and Forgie Funerals
15 Cowan Street, Gawler, South Australia 5118
Telephone: +61 8 8522 1734

NOTE: Pacific Meetings are completely planned and facilitated by the Pacific Group. For questions, please contact the respective meeting host and/or Pacific Group Chair.