Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science is pleased to present 2018-PIMS Best Practices 101 on Friday, March 16, 2018.

This year’s program is intended for both embalmers and arrangers alike. The morning session addresses embalming: the use of embalming fluids; chemical exposure dangers; and understanding the ‘green’ movement. The afternoon will compliment the day with laws concerning end-of-life decisions; rights of disposition; disinterment; cremation; and anatomical gifts.



PIMS is pleased to offer this 6 hour seminar which include all program materials, lunch, and refreshments.

  • $120 (received before March 2)
  • $135 (received March 3 – 15)
  • $150 for onsite registration (space permitting)


FRIDAY, March 16, 2018

  • 8:00 A.M. – 3:15 P.M.
  • 7:30 AM           Registration & Refreshments
  • 8:00 – 9:30      Session I
  • 9:30 – 9:45       Break
  • 9:15 – 11:15      Session I (cont’d)
  • 11:15 – 12:00   Luncheon (included)
  • 12:15 – 1:30     Session II
  • 1:30 – 1:45       Break
  • 1:45 – 3:15       Session II (cont’d)
  • 3:15                  CE sign out


Seating for this program is limited to funeral service students, funeral service interns, licensed embalmers and licensed funeral directors. (PIMS students are welcomed to participate at no charge. Other funeral service students and interns will be admitted at a nominal $30 charge).


A full refund will be issued if registration is cancelled by March 9, 2018. No refund will apply after that date.

SESSION 1 (3 hours)

“Embalming Fluid 101”

  • Tenets/Methods of embalming
  • Types of fluids and chemicals
  • Condition of remains
  • Additives; modifying agents; anticoagulants; coloring agents
  • Traditional formulations to formaldehyde free and natural green

“Toxic Exposure and Reduction”

  • Formaldehyde and glutaraldehyde comparison
  • The biocide directive in the European Union
  • Compounds and particulate exposure
  • Disinfectants; sterilization; formaldehyde sprays; bleach properties and dangers
  • Reducing HCHO in the preparation room

“Natural Green”

  • Green Washing
  • Seven deadly sins
  • Revised tenets
  • Ecobalming
  • Four problems with four solutions

SESSION 2 (3 hours)

“Who has the right of disposition?”

  • History of the right of disposition
  • State statues concerning who has the right of disposition
  • Legal obligations of the funeral director


  • Who has the right of disinterment?
  • Administratively vs. Order of Court
  • When is disinterment authorized


  • Who has the right of direct cremation?
  • Pre-Need cremation arrangements
  • Authorizing agent
  • Limitation of Liability of the funeral director

“Anatomical Gifts”

  • Who may make anatomical gifts?
  • Documents allowable to make anatomical gifts
  • Revocation and refusal of anatomical gifts
  • Liability of the funeral director

The Speakers

Mr. Paul Bauman, FD, shares 40+ years of professional funeral service. Employed with the Champion Company since 1981, he is Vice President and General Manager responsible for Sales, Marketing and Product Development, has directed a long history of toxic reduction strategies and the implementation of safer, saner and more effective embalming chemicals, products and procedures. Under his tenure, The Champion Company has, virtually single-handedly, led the industry on a higher road to toxic reduction and control and the implementation of more environmentally responsible actions, thoughts and deeds. The latest of these efforts resulted in ENIGMA, the first and only Green Burial Council Certified line of post mortem preparation products for natural/green burial/cremation.

Mr. George Entenmann, Esq., holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Duquense University and practices law dealing with small business and estate planning, and administration of estates. He has been employed with Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science for almost 40 years and continues to teach courses in Business Law, Funeral Service Law, Economics and Accounting. He also teaches continuing education courses to attorneys and accountants. George served as a lieutenant in the U.S Army Quartermaster Corps.

Program Approvals

Application has been made for approval of 6.0 CEUs to the following organizations:

  • Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice (APFSP)
  • West Virginia Board of Funeral Service Examiners
  • Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors of Ohio
  • Maryland Board of Morticians
  • New York Bureau of Funeral Directing
  • Pennsylvania State Board of Funeral Directors
  • Price: $135.00 Quantity:
    $120 until March 2, $135 received March 3-15. $150 for onside registration (space permitting)
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