A day in the life of a funeral director can run you through a roller coaster of emotions and challenges, from the high demand that your families place on your time and attention to the unrelenting nature of your work. You put in long hours and know that there’s no such thing as a day off when you run a funeral home. At the end of the day, the funeral profession can feel like a thankless job, and you may even find yourself feeling emotionally burnt out.
With the announcement of a new nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving skin art, tattoos may finally take their place among other works of art as collectibles passed down through the generations. The National Association for the Preservation of Skin Art (NAPSA) just launched a program allowing people who join to receive the benefit of post-mortem tattoo preservation. While this brings tattoo collecting into the 21st century, the history of the practice dates back at least several centuries.
Recently, you may have seen a Facebook “privacy notice” creep into your Facebook timeline. It may look something like this: Now it’s official! It has been published in the media. Facebook has just released the entry price: $5.99 to keep the subscription of your status to be set to “private”. If you paste this message on your page, it will be offered free (paste not share) if not tomorrow, all your posts can become public
People visit Facebook profiles more than four billion times per day, and we’re continually looking for ways to make profiles the best place for people to curate their online identities and connect with others. Today, we’re unveiling some new, mobile-friendly features for Facebook profiles. There are three main improvements that will give you more opportunities to express who you are and control the content showcased on your profile.
Certain professions have a built-in PR problem. People don’t like to think about what janitors or garbage collectors do, so they substitute bland job titles with euphemisms like custodial technician and waste management engineer. Not that these titles are fooling anyone. We scoff and roll our eyes at mixologist (bartender), scooping technician (dog walker), anddynamic optimization analyst (who knows?). But another term got its start the same way, and we hardly notice it anymore: the word mortician.
The ASD team is gearing up for the 2015 NFDA Convention. As the days race by, we grow more excited for this year’s convention in Indianapolis and the opportunity to see so many friends and clients in one location. With a fantastic lineup of dynamic speakers and exciting events, we know this year’s convention will not disappoint.
Lisa Smartt, a poet and linguist, became fascinated by the beautiful, weird, cryptic words of the dying during her father’s last days in 2012. “I can’t reach, Jack,” he said. “My modality is broken.” And, “There is so much so in sorrow.” And, the one that stunned her, because he was not a religious man: “Lisa, you were right about the angels!”
Where Funeral Fires Forever Burn, Incredible Photos of the Banks of Ganges Where 300 People Are Cremated Every Day
On the western bank of the Ganges in the ancient city of Varanasi, the fires of the Manikarnika Ghats have been burning for thousands of years. This holy city, in Uttar Pradesh, India, is the most sacred place on earth for Hindus and it is believed that if a person’s ashes are scattered here then their soul will finally achieve nirvana (moksha).
The Hawthorne effect occurs when individuals modify or improve an aspect of their behavior in response to their awareness of being observed. The concept is more simple than it sounds. People change their behavior when they are being observed. Where this applies to casket merchandising is subtle but important.
When speaking with funeral home owners and directors about our social media services, the question of whether to post obituaries on the funeral home’s Facebook page often comes up. Some folks think it is counterintuitive for Facebook users to Like an obituary (this is about to change as we explain below). But others believe that providing opportunities for family and friends to Like, Comment on, and/or Share a loved one’s obituary offers a valuable service for the Facebook public to express appreciation for the deceased and sympathy for the family.