“We are not in the business of helping people escape reality, we are in the business to help people heal. To make them feel like they mattered to someone, and they will live on in a memory and will be missed.
I myself, among others, am very skeptical of the path they have decided to take. It generally doesn’t work well in this profession if you have major events take place, like getting rid of your entire executive team, and you remain completely quiet.
Forethought Group Inc. kindly provided the following response to a story we shared yesterday titled: “Forethought Group Inc. Forced to Return $25 Million From Funeral Policies”
Forethought Group Inc., a company that sells end-of-life policies through funeral planners, will return approximately $25 million to California beneficiaries and has agreed to adopt strict business reforms to ensure prompt payment of benefits in the future, says state Controller John Chiang.
Mr. Chiang has already reached similar agreements with three other insurers.
“Those who purchased policies from Forethought wanted peace of mind that their spouses, children and loved ones would not be burdened with the expenses and inconvenience associated with paying and planning for a funeral. It’s a shameful betrayal of trust when this insurance company – either through wanton greed or careless neglect – did not honor their obligation to pay,” says Mr. Chiang.
On Monday, October 8, ASD – Answering Service for Directors was named the winner of the National Funeral Directors Association’s 2012 Innovation Award. The company was recognized for their game-changing Smart Phone application, ASD Mobile, which has revolutionized communication for thousands of funeral homes nationwide. ASD is honored to receive this award from the world’s leading funeral service association.
Established in 2009, the NFDA Innovation Award is given annually to a funeral service vendor whose product or service was introduced during the previous year and represents creativity, innovation and excellence. A distinguished panel of judges selected ASD Mobile as one of the five finalists for the award. After the 2012 finalists were selected, the funeral service community had several months to vote on the product or service they felt deserved the award.
Eternal Reefs, along with the Reef Ball Foundation, recently won a national CLASSY Award in the Environmental Protection category after having earlier advanced as the Southern Regional Winner via public voting and judging.
The image showed the back of a Batesville delivery truck with the words: “Don’t Text and Drive. Yours may be on the next shipment”. Many funeral professionals gave Batesville kudo’s for the marketing message and truthfully it was probably the most positive press Batesville has had in years.
Tributes, Inc., the online resource for local and national obituary news, announced today at the 2012 NFDA International Convention the launch of the next generation of its online memorialization product – the Eternal Tribute. The product is being showcased on celebrity tributes on the company’s popular obituary destination site, Tributes.com, in its national news section. Tributes intends to complete a full-scale roll-out to its extensive channel of funeral home partners in the 4th quarter.
Tributes, Inc., the online resource for local and national obituary news, announced today that they have been selected by Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks & Mortuaries, the nationally recognized and highly respected independent funeral home and cemetery brand, to provide the online obituary platform for Forest Lawn’s 10 locations servicing thousands of Southern California families each year. The Tributes.com platform has been integrated with Forest Lawn’s systems to streamline obituary data collection and management and the Tributes team is collaborating with Forest Lawn to introduce new technologies.
Ron Browning, CEO and President of Funeral Home Resource, is one of ten consultants and funeral home operators invited to present to attendees of KatesBoylston’s Seventh Annual Funeral Service Business Plan Conference. This year’s conference will be held in Charleston, South Carolina on November 8 and 9. Mr. Browning, a pioneer in online marketing, focuses his talents on the funeral industry, offering new and greater avenues for lead generation as well as enhanced website traffic and conversions.