The scholar Phillipe Aries writes that before the 19th century, death was given a special place in our society. Mourners were set apart, given time to grieve and were supported by large networks. With the increasing privatization of religion in the Western world, death exited the public sphere and entered the private. In the 20th century, death was confined to our intimate and inner thoughts and public expressions of grief could only be mediated by public institutions(think of war monuments).
Housewife Reiko Wachi, 65, who lives in Kawasaki, poses for pictures as a photographer encourages her, saying, “Good smile. Very nice.”
The photo session last month was planned by a Tokyo-based travel company, Club Tourism International Inc., with the goal of having participants prepare portraits for their funerals while they are still full of energy. That day, nine people joined the event.
In an effort to better reflect the scope of its business and vision for the future, Research & Marketing Insight has added Funeral Research and Insight, a research business dedicated to the funeral profession, to its offerings. Rose Milto, who has been president of Research & Marketing Insight since its inception in 1999, will also serve as president of the new enterprise. The change took effect in early December 2014.
The First Crematorium in the state of Michigan was constructed in Detroit by the Michigan Cremation Association, the founder of which was legendary Cremationist Dr. Hugo Erichsen. Construction began in 1887 and by December of that year the facility was ready for use.
Even if you’re not driving, use this to think twice about that next beer at the company party. No one wants to be the subject of the back room talk the next morning.
Hopefully after reading some of these funeral personalization hacks, you’ll be able to start offering amazing personalized services at your funeral home (without spending all of your time on them):
In our society, we sometimes forget that “the most wonderful time of the year” can be an extremely painful time for others. Whether grieving over the loss of a loved one, spending Christmas serving overseas, or trying to make ends meet, many people struggle to get through the holidays. Funeral Directors understand that for a lot of people, Christmas can be a difficult event. Understanding that families need support, many funeral directors search for ways to give back to others during this time of year.
Holidays are often difficult for anyone who has experienced the death of someone loved. Rather than being times of family togetherness, sharing and thanksgiving, holidays can bring feelings of sadness, loss and emptiness.
The Pet Loss Professionals Alliance (PLPA), a group of about 400 pet loss providers and related businesses, released the findings of its 2013 Pet Loss Profession Survey. This is the second annual survey of the pet loss profession and has become an annual measure of breadth of the profession.
Traditional funeral services are on the decline, as Americans opt for more personalized and celebratory services.
The change is driven by the boomers and mortality rates that have plummeted over the last several generations thanks to modern medicine. With people dying later, more memorials focus on celebrating life.
Here are 6 ways funerals are getting crazy creative: