Although the current pandemic situation due to covid-19 has led to the cancellation of many events, it is still possible to enjoy a large number of funeral trade shows all over the world, many of them organised online or virtually. Clear your diary for this year and next year, because here we tell you about all the events you can’t miss.
Remember that the dates of funeral trade shows may be cancelled or changed at the last minute depending on the pandemic situation and each country’s health and safety legislation.
Funeral trade shows in Europe
Leben und Tod (Bremen, Germany)
The Leben und Tod (Life and Death) trade show in Bremen will be held from 1 to 8 May entirely telematically due to the coronavirus. This year’s motto is “On new and old roads” and will deal with care, farewells, bereavement and dignified death. It is particularly aimed at all those involved in geriatrics, palliative care and those who deal regularly with people who have just lost a loved one. In addition to numerous presentations with experts, live workshops will also be offered through Zoom with a 24-hour chat enabled for contacting participants.
Funermostra (Valencia, Spain)
Funermostra in Valencia is one of the leading international funeral trade shows in Spain. This year’s edition will be held between 19 and 21 May and will be especially dedicated to the changes caused by the coronavirus with presentations on the distribution and protocols of funeral homes, the use of new technologies to create freecovid spaces and occupational safety. In addition, as in previous editions, Funermostra will be represented by the main companies in the sector.
Necroexpo (Kielce, Poland)
The 9th Necroexpo International Funeral and Cemetery Trade Show will take place between 18 and 20 June. It is a great showcase for the main companies in the funeral industry, bringing together producers of coffins, urns, hearses and tombstones. This year it will be dedicated to the digitalisation of cemeteries, changes in funeral law and marketing in the funeral industry, as well as the second-hand hearses market and the floral ornaments exhibition, two events that have become traditional at Necroexpo.
Salon professionnel du funéraire Grand Sud (Toulouse, France)
The Salon professionnel du funéraire Grand Sud is the most important funeral trade show in the South of France and brings together the main figures in the funeral industry: from funeral directors to the main marble and granite manufacturers. It is scheduled to take place on 24-25 June and is a great opportunity to make contact with new suppliers and to keep abreast of the main developments in the sector, focused this year on changes in times of pandemic and funeral marketing.
BEFA FORUM (Salzburg, Austria)
The BEFA Forum planned for the spring in Hamburg had to be cancelled due to the pandemic. The organisers of the event have finally moved it to Salzburg on 10 and 11 September 2021. For the time being, little more is known about this year’s edition of one of the most important funeral events, which in previous years has attracted more than 100 exhibitors from over ten European countries and around 1,500 international trade visitors.
Pieta Dresden (Dresden, Germany)
The Pieta in Dresden, originally scheduled for the end of May, has been postponed to 22-23 October due to the coronavirus. This trade show for funeral supplies and cemetery technology is expected to bring together more than 100 exhibitors from Germany and other European countries to showcase the latest developments in the work of employees of funeral homes, cemeteries and crematoria. In addition to being an excellent international communication and trade platform, numerous conferences, training programmes and an art exhibition are planned.
Happy END info-messe (Hamburg, Germany)
The Happy End info-messe in Hamburg is scheduled for 7 November and, as in previous editions, is a meeting forum for those interested in insurance, wills, funeral and palliative care and care for the elderly. It features a wide range of commercial exhibitors and funeral service providers. There will also be a series of lectures and on the open day participants will be able to take a guided tour of the Ohlsdorf cemetery.
Funéraire Paris (Paris, France)
Funéraire Paris will be held from 17 to 19 November at the Parc des Expositions Paris Le Bourget, as usual. This unmissable European event brings together manufacturers from the funeral market and the sector’s trades. According to the organisers (CSNAF), there will be 206 exhibitors covering all areas of the sector, from the organisation of ceremonies, ornaments and legal formalities to the latest machinery, tools and supplies for cremation and burial processes.
Memento Poznan (Poznan, Poland)
Memento Poznan is the oldest funeral services trade show in Poland and is aimed primarily at entrepreneurs in the sector. This year it will be held from 26-28 November. Organised by the Polish Funeral Association, this event is a great communication platform and an opportunity to establish new business contacts and find new suppliers or distributors.
Funergal Orense (Orense, Spain)
Funergal is the international funeral trade show for products and services held every two years in Orense and brings together business people from the industry in Spain and Portugal. Its next edition will take place on 27 and 28 May 2022. In its previous editions, Funergal has stood out for hosting trade missions of importers, as well as numerous business meetings between exhibitors and professionals from undertakers, coffin manufacturers, insurance companies, florists and many more. In addition, during the trade show there are also numerous conferences and workshops with the latest news and trends in the sector.
National Funeral Exhibition (London, United Kingdom)
The British National Funeral Exhibition has been postponed due to the pandemic and will finally be held between 10 and 12 June 2022. Its organisers, the National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD), say they are “disappointed to have had to make this decision”, but insist they are working to make the exhibition return in 2022 “stronger and more vibrant than ever”. The NAFD represents more than 4,000 funeral homes in the UK, as well as UK and overseas suppliers to the profession and foreign undertakers.
Funeral trade shows in America
ICCFA Annual Convention & Exposition (Las Vegas, USA)
The International Cemetery, Crematory and Funeral Home Association (ICCFA) Annual Convention & Exposition will be held virtually from 17-21 May under the theme “Sharing Legacies”. This event will bring together death care professionals from around the world for educational sessions and networking opportunities. In addition to online briefings, attendees will also have access to an extensive virtual exhibit hall and much more.
World United for Life
“World United for Life” will celebrate its tenth edition on 19 September 2021 on five continents. It is a global movement, an initiative of the Gremial Latin American Association of Cemeteries and Funeral Services (ALPAR) that unites the cemetery and funeral industry around the world. More than a funeral trade show, it is a festive day to share activities through social networks that will have a greater impact thanks to ALPAR’s media coverage. It is an event to publicise your company and the services it offers, as well as to create new alliances and attract new clients.
NFDA Convention & Expo (Nashville, USA)
The next National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) International Convention & Expo will take place from 17-20 October. Last year’s event attracted 1,806 attendees in total (1,254 attendees and 552 exhibitor representatives). There were also exhibitions from a total of 81 speakers from 15 countries, all organised in an exhibition hall with 128 digital booths.
FUMEXPO (Guadalajara, Mexico)
Mexico’s largest funeral industry trade show, FUMEXPO, does not yet have a date on the calendar for its fourth edition in 2022. It is a comprehensive exhibition of the latest trends and developments in the funeral industry with numerous training and updating opportunities with seminars, conferences and professionalisation workshops. According to its organisers, FUMEXPO is “a means to educate and promote continuous training to help funeral professionals meet the challenges of the future”.
Funeral trade shows in Asia
Asia Funeral Expo (Hong Kong, China)
This is the largest international funeral and cemetery exhibition and conference in Asia. The aim of the AFE (Asia Funeral and Cemetery Expo & Conference) is to redefine the professionalism of the funeral industry through product exhibitions and conferences on cutting-edge topics. This year’s event is scheduled for 10-12 May and will include a wide range of activities such as lectures, guided tours and numerous exhibitions of coffins, urns, memorials, equipment and the latest in technology and services.
Endex Japan (Tokyo, Japan)
Of all the funeral trade shows in Japan, Endex Japan is the most important. It will be held from 9 to 11 June. In addition to numerous presentations on current events in the sector, the trade show will feature a multitude of exhibitors dedicated to equipment and services for funerals and ceremonies, floral decoration, technological solutions for the business and even an area dedicated to pet funerals.
Calendar of upcoming funeral trade shows
1-8 May: Leben und Tod (Germany)
10-12 May: Asia Funeral Expo (Hong Kong, China)
17-21 May: ICCFA Annual Convention & Exposition, Las Vegas (USA)
19-21 May: Funermostra Valencia (Spain)
9-10 June: Endex Japan (Tokyo, Japan)
18-20 June: Necroexpo Kielce (Poland)
24-25 June: Salon professionnel du funéraire Grand Sud Toulouse (France)
10-11 September: FORUM BEFA Salzburg (Austria)
19 September: World United for Life
22-23 October: Pieta Dresden (Germany)
7 November: Happy END info-messe Hamburg (Germany)
17-19 November: Funéraire Paris (France)
17-20 November: NFDA Convention & Expo (Nashville, USA)
26-28 November: Memento Poznan (Poland)
27-28 May 2022: Funergal Orense (Spain)
10-12 June 2022: National Funeral Exhibition (London, UK)
(No date) 2022 – Fumexpo (Guadalajara, Mexico)