The death of an elderly former housewife normally does not make the news beyond her hometown. But when Dorothy McElhaney died on Aug. 8 at age 104, her obituary in the Richmond Times-Dispatch demanded attention. “It pains me to admit it, but apparently, I have passed away,” the 1,300-word message began. After sharing memories of her Missouri childhood of pie suppers and square dances, she ended with some advice.
Foundation Partners Group, a leading provider of innovative funeral, cemetery and cremation experiences and products, has launched the nation’s newest cremation provider, Right Choice Cremation, in Ocala, FL and Aiken, SC. Families have the convenience of making and paying for their cremation arrangements for themselves or a loved one online at www.rightchoicecremation.com where they can chat live with a cremation specialist or they may visit the Right Choice facility.
We may still be a few months out from Halloween, but that’s not stopping a terrifying, haunting figure from floating around the funeral profession. No, we’re not talking about spirits, ghosts, or any of the other frightening beings that families think wander around the halls of your funeral home. We’re talking about something much scarier. A cold, hard fact about our profession that should scare the daylights out of you…
No matter where you turn, the Internet and social media are everywhere. From organizations blogging their latest news to consumers “liking” a local business to get special offers, the World Wide Web and social media have become the darlings of the marketing scene.
Whenever Jennifer Oz LeRoy, daughter of famed restaurateur Warner LeRoy, spends time with her father, she never forgets to bring his favorite doughnuts from Dreesen’sin East Hampton. At the Shaarey Pardes Accabonac Grove Cemetery in the East Hampton hamlet of Springs, visitors bring buried loved ones some nosh — one widow also brought her new wheels to show her deceased husband.
This is Stephanie Rainey, a singer-songwriter from County Cork, in Ireland. She has just released an extremely powerful video to accompany her new single, “Please Don’t Go”.
Today, FrontRunner announced that it has purchased TerraPro software. FrontRunner will acquire the source code rights and customer base for the funeral home, cemetery, crematory and pet loss software from Terradise Computer Systems Inc. for an undisclosed amount.
Funeral professionals throughout the country are already making plans to head to the Tenth Annual Funeral Service Business Plan Conference, Nov. 19-20, 2015, in Glendale, Arizona – and while many will be looking forward to escaping colder climates – that’s far back on the list of reasons to attend.
Are requiems going to catch on? An increasing number of people want to be in full control of the soundtrack to their funeral.
Life Celebration, Inc. will produce merchandise for the 2015 Philadelphia Papal visit. The company known for experience staging and training in the funeral profession will venture down a new path as one of the suppliers of papal keepsakes at The World Meeting of Families Convention in September. Life Celebration, Inc owners, Gerry Givnish and Jim Cummings, forged a relationship with papal portrait artist Perry Milou at the beginning of the summer; together they have developed a catalogue of ornate keepsakes.