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Funeral Survey Results – Suppliers and Support Services

We wanted to conduct a Survey of the www.connectingdirectors.com community.

We contacted Timothy J. O'Brien, M.S. of ISMPI, Inc. to assist in developing and conducting the survey.

In an effort to get relevant input, the survey was divided into two parts; this Survey of Vendors, Suppliers and Support Groups, and a Survey of Licensed Funeral Directors.

Overall, 631 individuals participated in the Survey: 454 Funeral Directors, and 177  who are Vendors, Suppliers and Support Groups to the Funeral Services Profession (FSP).

This survey of Suppliers, Vendors and Support Groups for the FSP is not a scientific survey because it was conducted on line and there is no practical way to determine whether or not the group of those who responded represents the full population of Suppliers, Vendors and Support Groups.

With that said, the data gathered is both interesting and useful. And, as you will see in the following charts, the respondents do closely mirror the FSP.

We will have the overview results of the longer funeral director survey in about 10 days.

You can view and download the survey results here: www.hyperstress.com/fdsupportsurveyresults


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