I felt compelled to share this real life event for a few reasons. First, just plain human empathy for this family and so many others finding themselves in this very position. Living day to day, struggling to make ends meet. When death or another catastrophic event occurs, all of life’s regular problems are magnified for these folks.
On the heels of a successful year, the Funeral Service Foundation announced today that it has unveiled a new visual identity and website, which align with its bold mission to fund projects and programs that support all of funeral service in building meaningful relationships within the community.
Writing about ethical death is not easy. Some reading this may even be offended at the notion of the green reaper. But with world population now over seven billion and an estimated 150,000 deaths globally per day, it’s time we took the environmental impacts of death a little more seriously. With that in mind, here are 10 top tips for a greener journey’s end:
The former chief executive officer of Homesteaders Life Co. plays bass guitar for the funeral insurer’s rock band, which keeps its gear set up for practice in the employee cafeteria. The band’s name is “Trocar” — a reference to the spear-shaped surgical instrument used by undertakers.
Cook was known for dressing up as Batman or Abe Lincoln for sales meetings before his retirement last month. He also admits “smoking too much” and “drinking too much” when Homesteaders recruited him as a Drake University undergraduate in 1966.
Do you ever wonder, “How much of this can I accidentally ingest before I die?” Yeah, so do we. For your safety (and enjoyment) here’s a bunch of stuff you should only enjoy in small quantities or not at all. Some things just don’t belong in your mouth.
On March 12, the House of Representatives introduced H.R. 4213, “Funeral Rule Improvement Act of 2014,” which would update the FTC Funeral Rule to include all for-profit sellers of funeral or final disposition goods or services not now covered by the Funeral Rule.
Immortality is a decade away, insist scientists Bill Andrews and Aubrey de Grey, the stars of the SXSW world premiere documentary The Immortalists. The two make a good advertisement: Andrews is a 61-year-old molecular biologist who runs a 100-mile marathon every month, de Grey is a trim Cambridge-educated PhD with a wife, two girlfriends and two-foot long beard. They already act like they’re gong to live forever, because they’re certain they will.
The project bestowed on the students some empathy for a grieving family that will one day need the coffin they sanded and assembled. They leave a piece of themselves — their name, a note — beneath the infant’s satin pillow.
In 2013, American’s spent more than $55 billion on their pets and the market is expected to grow even more.
Dogs and cats have become part of the American family’s inner circle over the past 20 years, sleeping in their own beds or yours, eating food bought specially to help their digestive tracts, drinking purified water and cuddling up in chairs on heated pads made to fend off arthritis. In the past, children were a reflection of us, and people are now extending that to their pets.
Thirty Wilbert Licensees were recognized with various awards for accomplishments in 2013 at the Wilbert Funeral Services, Inc (WFSI) Annual Sales Meeting, held in Dallas, TX in January.