Last week we began a review of 10 developments in funeral service that caught the attention of national–and sometimes–international media. Coverage focused on changing trends, occasionally on what went wrong, and often what were the most outrageous ideas. Here are another five topics that demonstrate what is catching the attention of media outlets and their readers.
The families of 111 fallen first responders were served in 2016 by Commemorating First Responders®, a philanthropic program of Wilbert Funeral Services, Inc. (WFSI) and its Licensees. Through the program Wilbert and its Licensees throughout the United States and Canada were honored to donate burial vaults, urn vaults, urns, and a graveside service to first responders who died in the line of duty.
Birthstone charms are the newest addition to memorial pendants at New Memorials Direct. The more ways families can personalize memorial jewelry the better. Each person is unique, so capturing that individualism requires options. These birthstone charms offer the perfect way to let personality shine through and add a lot of versatility.
Foresight Announces Human Resource Spring Training Seminar for Funeral Service Business Owners and Managers
Daniel M. Isard, MSFS, President of The Foresight Companies, LLC, the nation’s leading financial and management consulting firm serving funeral homes and cemeteries throughout North America, announced today the dates for Human Resource Spring Training Seminar. The seminar will be held March 22 and 23 in Phoenix, AZ.
Originally Posted on The New York Times
First, the back story, because, B.J. Miller has found, the back story is unavoidable when you are missing three limbs.
Miller was a sophomore at Princeton when, one Monday night in November 1990, he and two friends went out for drinks and, at around 4 a.m., found themselves ambling toward a convenience store for sandwiches. They decided to climb a commuter train parked at the adjacent rail station, for fun. Miller scaled it first. When he got to the top, electrical current arced out of a piece of equipment into the watch on his wrist. Eleven-thousand volts shot through his left arm and down his legs. When his friends reached him on the roof of the train, smoke was rising from his feet.
On Tuesday, January 10th, ASD’s FuneralSync™integration feature will reach a significant milestone. The feature, which allows our clients to automatically sync their software and websites to ASD’s systems, was first introduced to the funeral profession a decade ago. The first version of the tool was a somewhat manual process that allowed for transfer of some very basic information. Over time, this feature, now known as FuneralSync™, has evolved to become the most flexible integration tool available to directors.
From February 7-9, the Cremation Association of North America (CANA) hosts its 2017 Cremation Symposium at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel. The theme is Vive La Difference: The Race to the Top!
“The race to the top is about innovation and creativity—and offering cremation families the value and the options they prefer,” says CANA President Tim Borden. “Our event features topics that provide powerful insight into the contemporary practice of cremation and death care and expert presenters that know how to help address changing consumer expectations.”
CHICAGO – Illinois Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti and the Illinois Department of Commerce & Export Opportunity (DCEO) presented Frigid Fluid with one of the 2016 Governor’s Export Awards; Illinois’ highest recognition of export achievement honoring Illinois companies that have achieved excellence in exporting, as well as organizations that provide export assistance.
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Hit the ground running in 2017 — Ryan goes over the 5 Social Media MUST-DOS for your funeral home or funeral business to succeed and leave the competition in the dust this year. Hint. . . Facebook trumps all, but Instagram is your ace up the sleeve!