Funeral Industry Press Releases
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.
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 families of 111 fallen first responders were served in 2016 by Commemorating First Responders®, a philanthropic program of Wilbert Funeral Services, Inc. (WFSI) and its Licensees. Through the program Wilbert and its Licensees throughout the United States and Canada were honored to donate burial vaults, urn vaults, urns, and a graveside service to first responders who died in the line of duty.
Birthstone charms are the newest addition to memorial pendants at New Memorials Direct. The more ways families can personalize memorial jewelry the better. Each person is unique, so capturing that individualism requires options. These birthstone charms offer the perfect way to let personality shine through and add a lot of versatility.
Foresight Announces Human Resource Spring Training Seminar for Funeral Service Business Owners and Managers
Daniel M. Isard, MSFS, President of The Foresight Companies, LLC, the nation’s leading financial and management consulting firm serving funeral homes and cemeteries throughout North America, announced today the dates for Human Resource Spring Training Seminar. The seminar will be held March 22 and 23 in Phoenix, AZ.
From February 7-9, the Cremation Association of North America (CANA) hosts its 2017 Cremation Symposium at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel. The theme is Vive La Difference: The Race to the Top!
“The race to the top is about innovation and creativity—and offering cremation families the value and the options they prefer,” says CANA President Tim Borden. “Our event features topics that provide powerful insight into the contemporary practice of cremation and death care and expert presenters that know how to help address changing consumer expectations.”
CHICAGO – Illinois Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti and the Illinois Department of Commerce & Export Opportunity (DCEO) presented Frigid Fluid with one of the 2016 Governor’s Export Awards; Illinois’ highest recognition of export achievement honoring Illinois companies that have achieved excellence in exporting, as well as organizations that provide export assistance.
The National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) will host its second annual Cremation Retreat March 15-16, 2017, at the Emory Conference Center Hotel in Atlanta, Ga. The one-of-a-kind NFDA Cremation Retreat offers funeral professionals from small- to mid-sized firms an opportunity to explore and reflect on cremation from a variety of perspectives, discern what cremation means to the future of their business, and explore proven strategies to increase the value – and profit – of their businesses.
WALL, N.J. – Today, more people are getting cremated than buried, and “traditional” doesn’t mean anything when it comes to funeral service.
With that comes challenges – but also opportunities. At the Cremation Innovations Summit, May 5, at the Hilton Baltimore, you’ll discover how to recognize and respond to both.