For most people, this death hovers on the horizon of our futures—the time, place, and cause unknown. The uncertainty surrounding the end of ends inevitably raises a host of uncomfortable, anxiety-inducing questions like: “Will I be ready when it happens?”, “Is it going to hurt?”, or, depending on your world outlook, “What comes after?”
When Marya F. Gibbons, co-owner of Gibbons Funeral Home, attended a recent continuing education class for funeral directors, she was one of only about 10 women out of 225 people there. “It doesn’t bother me at all; I’ve been doing this for 20 years,” Gibbons says.
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.
You’ve spent the last 2-4 years eating, breathing and living funeral services and now you want the opportunity to show what you’re made of. It’s exciting, but it’s also overwhelming, especially if you’re a women. You’ve heard it said time and time again. The funeral industry is a man’s world. And to an extent, that’s correct. But things change.
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.
No great story ever started with someone eating a salad, they say, so we kicked it off by drinking beer on a beach in Fiji. My bestie Sian and I were laying on a deserted stretch of soft white sand, swilling beer and talking toilets. We had both travelled tons, and we were marvelling at the different types of toilets we’d used.
Whether you want to know if you can compost a dead body (yes), if you can send your friend off in a Viking funeral (illegal but fun), or if caskets explode from a build-up of putrefaction gas (oh, sure), you can just send your questions to Caitlin and she’ll answer them straight up, no bullshit.
I wanted to know about dying and the internet, DIY funerals, and how we do death differently now that we’re in the future.
Houston-based Service Corporation International (NYSE: SCI), the nation’s largest death care provider, closed a $1.4 billion acquisition a little more than a year ago, but that doesn’t mean it’s off the acquisition trail. I got a chance to sit down with CEO Tom Ryan to talk about the company’s strategy for 2015 and beyond, as well as how it plans to leverage cash to continue to grow its network.
What are the benefits of hiring a broker or consultant like NewBridge Group? Wouldn’t I get more out of my sale without hiring someone else? With over 20 years in this business, we have heard quite a number of concerns from clients and potential clients about selling their business—from worrying about when to sell to hiring someone to help them sell. So, here are some answers to the top concerns we’ve experienced.
I woke up with a smile on my face. One month prior I had just graduated from the New England Institute at Mount Ida College with an Associates Degree in Funeral Services. An accomplishment I wore proudly like a badge. A goal I had spent the last two years working towards. But for me, graduation was just the first stepping stone in my journey.