Death is natural, but modern burial is definitely not: Every year, more than 90,000 tons of steel and 4 million acres of trees are used to build coffins in the U.S., and more than 750,000 gallons of formaldehyde is used in embalming, so bodies can’t naturally decompose. Cremation requires a heavy dose of fossil fuels.
It’s no secret that life expectancy in the U.S. is trending upward. A person born today can expect to live eight years longer than someone born in the 1970s. But there’s another trend you might not know about–and it’s related not to what happens while we’re alive, but rather to what happens to our bodies after we die.
The Threshold Choir brings music to those on the threshold of life — people who are dying. The first group started about a decade and a half ago. Now there are choirs in 120 cities, and even a few countries.
We get asked a lot of questions about Google and how search results work. Being a social media company we aren’t the experts on SEO so we did some digging and found this great infographic that explains how Google works. Enjoy!
It was bound to happen and before it is all over it will happen to just about everybody on Facebook – the #ICEbucketchallenge to support ALS. This weekend some of our fellow funeral professionals felt the piercing chill of ice cold water.
In years past, many pages on Facebook could do all right in terms of driving sales and traffic to websites without using advertising. But now, as more pages become serious Facebook marketers, you’re battling for diminishing space in your audience’s News Feeds. Demand for impressions, views and clicks is higher than ever, while the supply of News Feed space hasn’t grown to keep up.
So while Facebook is financially free if you want to chat with friends and look at cat memes, if you are using Facebook as a tool to grow your business, advertising needs to be part of the plan.
The 12-year-old boy was waiting outside the church, keeping an eye on the two draft horses while his father worked the funeral service. At point, the horses got frightened and ran, pulling the hearse behind them.
When his father came outside and saw the hearse was missing, the boy was crying and said, “I lost it.”
Perhaps the best Robin Williams tribute video I’ve seen and just a minute long.
When the Cremation Association of America was founded in 1913, members received a unique badge with a medallion depicting a torch encircled by the Association’s name. Above was a banner with the city of the first convention, Detroit. Each year, the name of the hosting city would be attached to the badge of attendees who were present.
I do not understand suicide. The reason I do not understand it, is because even in my darkest days I never was surrounded by so much pain that I saw death as the only option. And I am blessed that my depression never took me down that road. But I understand feeling lost. I understand sadness. I understand feeling alone. I also understand that life is constantly changing.