Most Read Articles of 2013: The Year of Casket Porn, Reality TV and Corporate Buyouts

December 30, 2013
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2013 was the year for funeral reality shows, nude casket and cremation ads and corporate buyouts. Out of the top 11 most read articles on ConnectingDirectors.com; two are about reality shows, two contain nudity and two are about corporate buyouts. Who says the funeral profession is boring?

Major Television Network is Casting Fabulous Women of the Funeral Industry

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We got a call Friday from a producer who is looking for “fabulous” women in the funeral profession for a new reality show to be run on a major television network.

Read full article: http://connectingdirectors.com/articles/40098-major-television-network-is-casting-fabulous-women-of-the-funeral-industry

The 23 Worst Funeral Home Names

Buzzfeed put together a list of the 23 worst funeral home names. Many of these we’ve seen before but they’re still as funny as they were the first time.

What do you think is the worst funeral home name of the 23 listed below?

Read full article: http://connectingdirectors.com/articles/38759-the-23-worst-funeral-home-names

Poland’s Largest Casket Company Thinks Half Naked Models Is The Way To Sell Caskets

Linder, Poland’s biggest coffin manufacturer, has been using scantly clad models to promote their products for the last three years. The 2012 calendar used naked models in body paint frolicking around funeral caskets.

Read full article: http://connectingdirectors.com/articles/42505-polands-largest-casket-company-thinks-half-naked-models-is-the-way-to-sell-caskets

FTC Releases List of 91 Properties to be Divested In SCI/Stewart Acquisition

Service Corporation International, the country’s largest funeral services provider, said Monday it has agreed to sell off 91 properties to resolve the Federal Trade Commission’s antitrust concerns about its acquisition of Stewart Enterprises, the second-largest funeral provider.

Read full article: http://connectingdirectors.com/articles/43286-ftc-releases-list-of-91-properties-to-be-divested-in-scistewart-acquisition

SCI To Buy Stewart Enterprises For About $1.1B

Service Corporation International announced today the signing of a definitive agreement with Stewart Enterprises, Inc. to acquire all of Stewart’s outstanding shares of Class A and Class B common stock for $13.25 per share in cash.  The acquisition, which has been approved by the Board of Directors of both companies, has an enterprise value of $1.4 billion.

Read full article: http://connectingdirectors.com/articles/40357-sci-to-buy-stewart-enterprises-for-about-1-1b

‘Best Funeral Ever’ Was Called Tasteless, Undignified and Over The Top; Here is Our Take [VIDEO]

Sunday night marked the debut of ‘Best Funeral Ever‘, a reality show being test piloted by TLC. The show follows Golden Gate Funeral Home in Dallas, Texas as they produce and director elaborate funeral ‘home goings’. Also known as a ‘life celebration’.

Read full article: http://connectingdirectors.com/articles/38120-best-funeral-ever-was-called-tasteless-undignified-and-over-the-top-here-is-our-take-video

Did You See Just Cremations’ Jaw Dropping Nude Advertisement?

Many times I have encouraged funeral companies to press the envelope on advertising, but I am wondering if Australia’s Just Cremations pressed the envelope a little to far when they held nothing back and swung for the fences with a “nude no fuss” cremation ad.

Read full article: http://connectingdirectors.com/articles/38019-did-you-see-just-cremations-jaw-dropping-nude-advertisement

20 Things Funeral Directors Won’t Tell You

Death may be certain, but what funeral directors tell you may not be. Reader’s Digest found 20 insider tips for planning a funeral.

Read full article: http://connectingdirectors.com/articles/39797-20-things-funeral-directors-wont-tell-you

Batesville’s Endura Vault Isn’t Faulty, But Why Is It Popping Out Of The Ground?

Batesville launched their Endura Vault in 2010. Since the official launch we really haven’t heard much about the vault except when it pops out of the ground.

Read full article: http://connectingdirectors.com/articles/38797-batesvilles-endura-vault-isnt-faulty-but-why-is-it-popping-out-of-the-ground

Always go to the Funeral

I believe in always going to the funeral. My father taught me that.

The first time he said it directly to me, I was 16 and trying to get out of going to calling hours for Miss Emerson, my old fifth grade math teacher. I did not want to go. My father was unequivocal. “Dee,” he said, “you’re going. Always go to the funeral. Do it for the family.”

Read full article: http://connectingdirectors.com/articles/42935-always-go-to-the-funeral

Casket Company Selling Nude Calendar For Charity [Casket Porn]

Lindner’s 2014 calendar features voluptuous models posing nude next to luxury caskets. The owner said all sales revenue from the calendars go to charity.

Read full article: http://connectingdirectors.com/articles/43094-casket-company-selling-nude-calendar-for-charity-casket-porn

Ryan Thogmartin

CEO at DISRUPT Media and ConnectingDirector.com
Ryan Thogmartin is the Owner and CEO of DISRUPT Media. DISRUPT Media is a full service social media agency specializing in social media strategy, management and reporting for funeral companies. DISRUPT Media is the creator of the FUNERAL Social Design Process which is the only full service social media strategy program crafted specifically for the funeral profession.

Go to http://funeralsocial.com to find out more about the services we offer. Our clients who are apart of our FUNERAL Social Design Process are seeing an increase in post reach and engagement of over 300%.

Ryan is also the founder of ConnectingDirectors.com. ConnectingDirectors.com is the leading online daily publication for funeral professionals with a reader base of over 45,000 of the most elite and forward-thinking professionals in the profession. With ConnectingDirectors.com Ryan has created a global community through an online platform allowing funeral professionals to Stay Current. Stay Informed and Stay Elite.
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