Funeral Industry Press Releases
Wilbert Licensees from across the United States and Canada converged on the corporate headquarters of Wilbert Funeral Services, Inc. (WFSI) to learn and review best practices from burial vault manufacturing through delivery and graveside setup services. Forty-seven individuals invested three days to attend the annual quality control school, this year entitled “Quality Control in the Windy City”, or “QC in the WC”.
The Cremation Association of North America in cooperation with Kates-Boylston Publications will hold a Crematory Operations Certification Conference on May 1, 2015, at the Omni Providence Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island.
The National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) Meet the Mentors program will be bigger and better than ever in 2015. Meet the Mentors, which is planned exclusively for young funeral professionals, will take place March 16-18at the Emory Conference Center Hotel
Passare, Inc., a trusted and relevant source for End-of-Life planning and management, today announced the release of a new eBook entitled “How-to Build Your End-of-Life Support Team.” The latest addition to the company’s growing library of content, this guidebook offers practical advice for creating a trusted support network to help facilitate end-of-life.
In an effort to better reflect the scope of its business and vision for the future, Research & Marketing Insight has added Funeral Research and Insight, a research business dedicated to the funeral profession, to its offerings. Rose Milto, who has been president of Research & Marketing Insight since its inception in 1999, will also serve as president of the new enterprise. The change took effect in early December 2014.
The Pet Loss Professionals Alliance (PLPA), a group of about 400 pet loss providers and related businesses, released the findings of its 2013 Pet Loss Profession Survey. This is the second annual survey of the pet loss profession and has become an annual measure of breadth of the profession.
New Congress, New Opportunities: NFDA Revamps 2015 Advocacy Summit Schedule to Deliver Greater Value
Members of the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) will make their way to the nation’s capitol for the association’s 2015 Advocacy Summit. The 2015 Advocacy Summit will be critical because of the changes following the 2014 midterm elections; NFDA needs its members to help educate newly-elected members of Congress and incumbents about the current issues impacting the profession.
Vera Lee Garments and Woven Remembrance announce that they have purchased Rita Barber of Abilene, Texas
Jennifer Branton, CEO of Vera Lee, said “We have always had a deep respect for Rita Barber. They are a fine company known for their quality, craftsmanship and exemplary customer service. While we are honored that they approached us with the opportunity to purchase their business, their long time support of the funeral industry will be greatly missed.”
Funeral homes struggle with seeing the value of social media marketing, and that’s understandable. Too many ‘automated’ approach options exist in this profession that fail to show the value social media offers.
But how does a busy funeral director know what to do in the fast paced and constantly changing world of social media?
Many of us were grandfathered into the death care industry. Growing up, we watched our funeral director fathers and mothers give compassionate counsel to grieving families. We couldn’t imagine a different profession for ourselves than “the family business.”