To all of those listed below, thank you for everything you’ve given to our industry this year and for your commitment to improving all the different facets of the deathcare experience.
Answering Service for Directors is pleased to welcome five Call Specialists to their team of highly trained professionals.
Orlando Creative Services to Collaborate with FrontRunner Professional on Creation of Pet Loss Coloring Book for Children
The book is the brainchild of Kevin Montroy, CEO/Founder of FrontRunner Professional. “After reviewing all of the existing materials out there, we decided that we could make a significant contribution to the pet loss for kids’ cause” said Kevin. “We are thrilled that we can offer materials to help children make some sense of the loss they feel.” Kevin also has written a poem that’s included in the coloring book.
Well, it turns out that in most states it’s perfectly legal to care for your own dead. And, with new momentum to shatter longstanding taboos and stop tip-toeing around death — from “death with dignity” measures sweeping the country to projects promoting kitchen table “conversations”about our deepest end-of-life wishes — a re-energized DIY death movement is emerging.
On the busiest shopping weekend of the year, funeral service professionals can take advantage of amazing deals right from the comfort of their own homes or funeral homes. MortuaryMall.com today announced their 4th annual Black Friday sales event.
Of the nearly 2.5 million people who will die in the United States this year, 99 percent will travel through a funeral home. That’s a big problem, according to Joshua Slocum of the Funeral Consumers Alliance (FCA), a political lobbying group based in Burlington, Vermont. The $11 billion “death-care” industry, he says, is taking advantage of bereaved consumers at a time when they are most vulnerable—even going so far as to purposely mislead people into thinking embalming is mandated by law (it isn’t).
Murro Van Meter and Sophia Fox (with Annabelle) talk about how they cared for their little girl Adelaida after she died last winter shortly before her 2nd birthday.
When 20-month-old Adelaida Kay Van Meter died of a rare genetic disease last winter, her father, Murro, gently carried her body out of the house to his wood shop in the pines near Gull Pond. He placed her in a small cedar box and surrounded her with ice packs. For three days, the little girl’s grieving parents were able to visit her and kiss her and hug her. Then, on the third day, after the medical examiner came to sign the last bit of paperwork, Van Meter and his wife, Sophia Fox, said good-bye to their baby, screwed the lid on the box and drove to a Plymouth, Mass. crematorium, where they watched the little coffin enter the furnace.
The analogy I want to share from my point of view is about our professional life. There are many that put on their “professional shoes” to just be fashionable.
Memorial jewelry is typically not in the luxury jewelry category…until now. A Ringuardian™ with over 20 brilliant diamonds set in white gold on a 14-carat gold necklace is an elegant piece custom-designed.
In particular, I wanted to know what funeral options were available and what they would cost. So, I dialed up some funeral homes and paid attention to a few things: