The body of the tiny 78-year-old woman, gray hair falling over stiffened shoulders, was brought to a hillside at Western Carolina University still clad in a blue hospital gown and chartreuse socks. She was laid on a bed of wood chips, and then more were heaped atop her. If all goes as hoped, the body will turn into compost.
There’s a reason why top funeral home owners, managers and professional staff eager to march up the ladder invest their time and money to come to the Funeral Service Business Plan Conference: They know it pays off – for them and their families. When you come to the Nov. 19-20 conference at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa in Glendale, Arizona, you’ll discover proven methods to boost market share and outshine competitors.
Your Dash is a user-friendly platform that allows families to create, share and treasure their own stories and the stories of their loved ones, thorough the creation of their very own website. The mission at Your Dash is to protect and share everyone’s life stories for generations to come.
I’M A FOURTH GENERATION FUNERAL DIRECTOR. In total, we have 17 funeral homes — my dad and three of his cousins are the four owners, and they each operate a separate division. So although we’re one company, we operate day-to-day as four separate little companies. I work with my father, my brother, my cousin, and four other funeral directors, and together the eight of us run four funeral homes.
Once upon a time obituaries were straight-up journalism. Papers would cover the life and times of locals who were recently downgraded from faithful readers to, well, dead. Today, however, most obits are no more than a cash grab by newspapers and their obituary partner Legacy.com. They represent a steady stream of content and cash delivered by grieving families who haven’t twigged on that their dearly departed is about to become a pitchman/woman for anti-fungal foot cream. Here’s how it works:
China urged its citizens to turn to more eco-friendly ways to bury and honor their dead at the weekend as the country showed few signs of going green to mark yesterday’s tomb-sweeping holiday. In the lead-up to the Qing Ming festival, government officials encouraged people to shun centuries-old traditions in favor of cremation and sea burials in a bid to save land and the environment.
Forethought Life Insurance Company (Forethought), a subsidiary of Global Atlantic Financial Group Limited, is helping funeral homes reimagine the preneed space once again with the launch of a new business analytics tool called Forethought InSight.
Couldn’t make it to the ICCFA convention? Here is a very quick hyperlapse tour of the exhibit hall!
We went to our facebook page and asked 6,600 funeral directors to fill in the blank of this sentence: ‘You know you’re a funeral director when ___________’.
For all of the responses you can visit our facebook page but we included some of our favorites below:
Employees at the city Medical Examiner’s Office “intentionally destroyed” documents to cover up the fact that it allowed the wrong corpse to be released for cremation and burial, a city probe finds.
Morgue workers failed to report a missing body for at least three months. When the stunning screw-up was finally discovered, no one took responsibility and all incriminating evidence was erased.