This week we talk about two bummers in life, death and taxes. Mandy Rhode, Director of Accounting at The Foresight Companies talks to us about Tax preparation. We sold out… We have a brand new drink that gives you color! Oh yeah, a WTF Text & Drive billboard and more!
Inspiration can come from a variety of sources – a walk in the woods, a sunset on a lake or the shower in the morning. For Chris Boots of C. J. Boots Casket Company, one of the country’s leading manufacturers of solid hardwood, veneer and cremation caskets, inspiration for new and innovative casket models is found in a barn in Lapel, Indiana.
“When I first met Jennifer (Spitz) of Distressed by Design and toured her workshop located inside a barn in Lapel, I felt an immediate connection,” stated Boots, President of C. J. Boots Casket Company. “She provides inspiration and the barn acts as a great stimulus; C. J. Boots is indeed fortunate to have this creative relationship with Jennifer.”
Our directors work with client families to arrange memorial services, presenting all options and ensuring experiences of the highest quality. We count on our directors to exemplify our core values, providing the most professional and ethical service possible.
If you ask funeral professionals what the biggest threat is that’s facing their profession, 9 times out of 10 you will likely get cremation as your answer. In the last few years alone, funeral directors have seen cremation rise from a second-choice funeral service option to families’ most popular pick for end-of-life services… and that trend is not slowing down.
In fact, NFDA reported that the rate of cremation is projected to be 56% in 2020 and 71.1% in 2030 (which is not nearly as far away as it sounds).
ICCFA Educational Foundation To Honor Founder Of Our Nation’s Vietnam Memorial – Jan C. Scruggs With Their Lasting Impact Award
“No single individual, in my view, has had a greater positive impact in the past 35 years on remembrance and memorialization than Jan Scruggs and the Vietnam Memorial,” stated Jim Price, President of the ICCFA Educational Foundation. Scruggs, a returning Vietnam Veteran, conceived the idea of building the national memorial honoring 58,286 Americans who lost their lives in Vietnam on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. He launched this effort with his own money and raised 8.4 million dollars in two years. This emotionally moving and inspiring memorial has had such a significant impact on how Americans began to grieve more “openly”. Prior to erecting the Vietnam Memorial, there were no roadside memorials. Both the memorial, visited by 5.6 million annually, and the story of how it came to be are remarkable testaments to the Americans who served and to those who died in this unpopular war, and to the fact that in America, one individual’s dream, no matter how difficult, can still come true.
THE BOOK OF LOVE – (originally titled The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea) is an American film directed and rewritten by Bill Purple from an original script by Robbie Pickering featuring Maisie Williams, Jessica Biel, Jason Sudeikis, Mary Steenburgen, Orlando Jones, and Paul Reiser.
Capsule Urn was invited to participate in the production by providing an award-winning, modern design funeral urn for the main character. Capsule believes it will raise awareness of their contemporary memorials and the meaning they can offer to families who have lost a loved one.
Most funeral directors send and receive email. Most don’t do a good job of it. Challenge yourself to get better at using email with the families you serve and to embrace the power of email for marketing purposes.
AUSTIN, TX – January 2017 – The International Order of the Golden Rule (OGR), the world’s leading professional association dedicated to serving independent funeral homes, is excited to announce its Young Professionals Event, “Shatter Expectations: Takeaways for the New Generation of Funeral Professionals”, will be held in Austin, TX from February 19-21, 2017. “We are looking forward to hosting up and coming funeral professionals from around North America and beyond,” said Jessica Smith, Assistant Executive Director for OGR. “This event is in its second year and will foster new relationships for the next generation of funeral service professionals.”
The FN boys are together in Jeff’s hometown of Phoenix, AZ and they take the ICCFA Wide-World of Sales conference by storm. We are live, together on this episode and we get live interviews from conference attendees. This episode is a must see!
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.