FLEMINGTON, NJ  – Daniel James “D.J.” Wright, owner and executive director of Wright & Ford Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services here, was one of 50 funeral directors nationwide selected to participate in the National Funeral Directors Association’s (NFDA) Meet the Mentors program.

Meet the Mentors, which took place March 12-14 at the Emory Conference Center Hotel in Atlanta, brought young funeral professionals together to learn from three of the country’s leading funeral directors and network with like-minded peers. During the program, each mentor gave a presentation in which they shared lessons they have learned about how to build a successful and fulfilling career in funeral service.

Wright, a 15-year Flemington and Hunterdon funeral director and resident, was honored to be selected.

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“I have always believed that educating oneself each day is the only way to live life," Wright said. "One of the main goals in my funeral ministry is to honor traditions, but also create an environment where the life of the person who has died is celebrated in a way that shows their individual legacy and the lasting impact it left on the hearts of those who are left behind. This program helps to do just that by bringing people from all across the United States with all different backgrounds together to learn and grow from the one unifying factor that unites us as humans, death.”

Meet the Mentors has been wholly funded by the Funeral Service Foundation since the program’s inception in 2011.

Wright & Ford Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services is a family owned and operated funeral home, serving Hunterdon County and the surrounding communities since 1958.

In early 2015, Daniel James "D.J." Wright,along with his family, took over the ownership and daily operations of the firm formerly known as the Robert L. Ford Funeral Home.

When you contact Wright & Ford Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, you'll deal directly with D.J., his family and staff at all times.

"We feel continuity from the moment we are notified is extremely important," Wright said. "We also are willing to come to your home or another place of comfort to make whatever arrangements you feel are appropriate. This includes pre-need as well as at-need care.

"Part of our mission is to treat the living as well as the deceased," Wright added. "Both psychologically and physically, a death can leave survivors with a multitude of issues. From assisting with the actual funeral and memorial celebration itself, Wright & Ford aims to assist with all areas surrounding a death. From Social Security to military benefits to pet therapy to offering a free Reiki session to immediate family members, we are here to assist with all needs of both the living and the deceased. We are also cognizant of, and work with families regarding payment options; please call to discuss so that we can better serve you by understanding your needs."

An extensive renovation was done to both the interior and exterior of the building and the facility has been completely transformed.

Among the many physical plant changes that have occurred are the addition of a new handicapped accessible compliant ramp, enlarging and adding visitation rooms/chapels, adding new ADA accessible restrooms, creating a new arrangement conference room and family/clergy room, all new decor throughout the building, installing a top level video and sound system, building a brand new, state-of-the-art clinical care embalming suite and adding facilities to enable us to have, if families wish, a therapy dog present during visitations as well as a Reiki room if families wish to utilize that service.

Wright has also added an entire new area with caskets and vaults for burial and mausoleum entombment, as well as a cremation room with products specifically designed for cremation. A room for traditional all-wood construction products designed for those of the Jewish faith has been added as well as products designed for ALL other religions; from Buddhism to Hinduism to those of the Muslim faith as well as "green" services.

"We are proud to serve all peoples, Wright said.

Wright follows his credo of "Traditional Values, Modern Concepts, Golden Rule Service."

"We know you will find our integrative approach to matters of life and death unlike anything you have experienced before," Wright says. "We are proud of that distinction.

Wright and his staff are available at 908-782-3311, 24 hours a day, every day of the year. They invite comparison on all levels. Their goal is to educate, inform, support and serve to the very best of their ability and we are honored to do so, one family at a time.

More information about the NFDA Meet the Mentors program can be found on the NFDA website.

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