The mariachi band filed onstage, stopping beside the ceremony’s centerpiece: a candle-flanked coffin on display before an audience of funeral experts.
At the Service of Remembrance on Tuesday at the National Funeral Directors Association convention, the coffin symbolized directors who had died; the event at the Austin Convention Center allowed visitors to honor them.
The annual service is also a chance for funeral directors to learn about funeral traditions of specific cultures. This year, the focus was Mexico, where mourners incorporate food into the grieving process, hold an extended visitation and bring children to services.
“One of the hallmarks ...