Funeral Industry Press Releases
Companion Press announces the publication of Healing Your Grieving Heart After a Military Death: 100 Practical Ideas for Families and Friends co-authored by retired military officer and bereaved military spouse Bonnie Carroll and renowned grief counselor and educator Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D. This new book is one of the few to focus on the unique grief that follows a military death, whether as a result of hostile action, accident, illness, or suicide. Families and friends may be traumatized by the sudden and often violent loss. Military processes and culture also have an effect on their grief.
Batesville, the largest casket manufacturer and leading provider of comprehensive solutions to the death care industry, announced that 25-year veteran over-the-road driver Leon Turner was inducted into the National Private Truck Council’s (NPTC) Driver Hall of Fame. A professional driver for more than 38 years, Turner has worked for Batesville for the past 25, accumulating an impressive 3.2 million miles with zero preventable accidents and no moving violations. He has earned Driver of the Month from the Indiana Motor Truck Association (IMTA) for five consecutive years and the National Safety Council (NSC) Safe Driver Award for three years.
The International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association’s Annual Convention & Exposition, April 8-11 in San Antonio, Texas, drew 2,147 total attendees and 582 supplier booths. The convention also attracted at least 371 first-time attendees.
Jim Cummings, Vice President and Chief Experience Officer (CXO) at Life Celebration, was recently featured in the spring issue of Compass, the 3D Experience magazine. The magazine is a thought leadership journal that reports on trends and issues in business, R&D, education, society and industry.
“Ryan and his team at DISRUPT Media have made a huge difference in all aspects of our social media presence,” commented Rob Loose, President of Loose Funeral Homes and Crematory. “DISRUPT Media keeps up on all the nuances of each of the social media platforms so as to insure that our messages are seen and acted upon.”
Passages International, leaders in environmentally-friendly and green funeral products, is pleased to announce the beginning of The Natural Choice® Memorial Tree Program launched in honor of the 45th annual Earth Day. Every April, Passages takes one more step toward good environmental stewardship and doing their part for conservation. This year, they decided to partner with a nonprofit organization dedicated to planting trees and are offering a free starter tree with the sale of any of their adult caskets.
In an effort to provide 24/7 seamless support to funeral homes serving Spanish-speaking families, ASD – Answering Service for Directors, the only funeral exclusive answering service, recently increased the company’s bilingual team. With 20 Spanish-speaking Call Specialists on staff, ASD’s bilingual team ensures Latino callers can always communicate their needs to ASD clients. Since ASD started building this team, the company has assisted more than 40,000 Spanish-speaking callers.
The International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association’s Educational Foundation awarded 14 scholarships for funeral professionals to attend ICCFA University, July 17-22 at the University of Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee.
Industry professionals will enjoy a wide range of valuable networking and educational opportunities as they attend the Cremation Association of North America (CANA) 97th Annual Cremation Innovation Convention. This event will feature business-building sessions as well as information on timely topics such as an inside look at body donation programs and the environmental impact of cremation. The CANA Convention will be held July 29-August 1 at the San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina in sun-drenched San Diego, CA.
The International Order of the Golden Rule (OGR), the world’s leading professional association dedicated to making independent funeral homes exceptional, installed its 2015-2016 Board of Directors during the OGR 2015 Annual Conference and Supplier Showcase at the Marriott World Center in Orlando, FL on Saturday, April 25.