Doing fire service to the body first and holding the ceremonies next—a revolution conference: in the afternoon on September 19th, the Chinese Funeral Ceremony Association and the Chinese Funeral Education Association co-hosted this conference, which was sponsored by Taipei City government’s Social Welfare Department. The hostess was madam Li Fei-hung, manager of The China Times’ life center. The conference gathered people from the industry, the government and the academic and had a remarkable and revolutionary “doing fire service first and holding the ceremonies next” funeral custom conference. The participated scholars include professor Hsu, Fu-chuan, professor Cheng, Chih-ming, professor Yang Jin-sheng, professor Wang Shih-feng, Master Guo Tung, Dr. Yang, Kauo-chu, department chief Tan Wei-Shin, etc. They discuss the issue of doing fire service first and then hold the ceremony (memorial ceremony) from “the history of firing ceremony,” “the education perspective,” “the management perspective,” “the orthodox perspective,” and “the custom perspective.”
Caring exhibition for the elder citizens: Four days of the “caring exhibition for the elder citizens” was held this year from October 3rd to 6th at the World Trade Center. Industries including funeral service, bank, insurance, medical health (including organ donation), elderly caring, and pharmacies had participated, which attracted many elderly and their family to visit and consult. There were many stands and departments in the exhibition, such as free medical examination, health check, and health speeches. These stands were very welcomed by the elderly and people lined up to have a look. Some light-hearted elderly even bought the “pre-death contract” on the spot, since they have their own plan with life. Others sign up to donate their organs after death. This exhibition is crowed with people and is a very meaningful large activity for the caring of the elderly.