International Congress of Funeral Directors

Challenges in the management of funeral services in times of pandemic

September 24th and 25th 2020

The funeral sector news

FUNERGAL hosts the celebration of the “ International Congress of Funeral Directors.Challenges in the management of funeral services in times of pandemic” with the participation of important personalities from the sector.

This Congress aims to become a meeting point to analyze the current situation in the funeral sector.

It is a hybrid event that can be followed in person from the Expourense facilities or online through a virtual platform.

Registration can be done:
– Online monitoring via platform (cost € 20).
– Face-to-face registration with access to a work lunch (cost € 30).
– Face-to-face registration with access to two working lunches (cost € 40).


Check here the Program of Complementary Activities to the Congress.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Funergal advisory committee has decided to change the dates of the Congress to coincide with working days and thus facilitate the participation of professionals from all over the world. It will be held on Thursday 24 and Friday 25 September 2020.



Thursday September 24

8.45 am.- Reception and accreditation of congressmen who attend in person.

09.30 am- Conference: “Tanatopraxia and its exercise in times of pandemic”.

Jorge Balado Blanco. Thanatopractor. Vice President of FEGASERFU (Galician Fed. Of Funeral Services). President of APREFU (Provincial Association of Funeral Services of Lugo). Manager of Serfuja S.L.

10.30 am.- Technology as a source of information in the funeral sector.
Francisco Javier Rodríguez Martínez. Informatics Engineer. Director of the ESEI – University of Vigo.

11.00 am. – Conference on the Cultural Management of Cemeteries.

11.45 am.- Break.

12.00 pm.- Official opening ceremony. (Projection of tourist video of Galicia).

12.45 pm.- How to improve the communication of my funeral company.
Agustín Palacio. Director of innovaFuneraria.

1.30 pm.- Ancestral funeral rites.
Carmen Olmeda. Director of La Guía Funeraria.

2.15 pm.- Lunch.

4.15 pm.- Marketing and sales in the funeral sector 4.0.
Beto Gil. Gane Ventas Funerarias (Mexico).


Friday September 25

9.00 h.- Reception and accreditation.

10.00 am.- Round table: How is COVID19 affecting the sector? Measures for the future.

Juan José López Vivas. First Vice President of PANASEF (National Association of Funeral Services).
José Antonio Múñoz Rodríguez. President. Association of Municipal Entities and Companies and Municipal Companies of Funeral Services and Cemeteries.
Manuel Martin.
José Luis Varela Tabarés. Galician Association of Funeral Service Companies – AGESEF.
José Becerra Vázquez. Galician Federation of Funeral Services – FEGASERFU.

Paulo Rodrigues. Director of Associação Portuguesa dos Profissionais do Sector Funerário (APPSF).

José Luis Varela Tabarés. Vicepresidente de la Asociación Gallega de Empresas de Servicios Funerarios – AGESEF.

José Becerra Vázquez. Presidente de la Federación Gallega de Servicios Funerarios – FEGASERFU.

11.30 am.- Challenges and opportunities in internationalization.

Juan Millán. Vice President of the Australia Spain Business Association, Member of the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce Spain-Canada and delegate in Madrid of the Chamber of Commerce of Peru in Spain, CEO of Gedeth Network

12.15 pm.- Break.

1.00 pm.- Summary of prevention measures against COVID-19 in Galicia in the area of ​​Mortuary Health of Galicia. Reflections on the Mortuary Health Decree of Galicia.
José Martínez Grande. Head of the Environmental Risk Control Service. Territorial Headquarters of the Department of Health in Ourense.

2.00 pm.- Business lunch.

4.30 pm. at 6:00 pm.- Micro-presentations of innovative products by exhibiting companies.

  •  “CIDAF: the new challenges in funeral distribution”.
  • “INFUNER: Innovation in the presentation of the deceased.”
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  • “How to technologically transform your funeral home without dying trying”. Speakers: Rafa Baeza and Raúl Moreno.Vivo Recuerdo.

6.00 am.- Leave a mark only in memory: ecological transition in the funeral sector.
Maria Dolores Asensi. Vice president of Funexpo

 Javier Martinez. Journalist specialized in environmental information. Creator, director and presenter of Ecogestiona (Radio Intereconomía)

6.30 pm.-  Closing conference: More compass and less chronometer: three keys to better directing.

Enrique Sueiro, advisor in executive communication.

7.00 pm.- End of the congress.


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