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.
If we’ve learned anything from the stock market crash of 2008, it is that the economy is fickle and businesses (including funeral homes) are the first to feel the pinch. The concern for cutting operational costs is one of the biggest concerns for Funeral Director’s
Putting dead people in buildings was never smart engineering. Mausoleum burial began as the prerogative of the powerful, providing the perception of a dignified end to a life of esteem. The majesty of the Taj Mahal and the wonder of the Egyptian pyramids carried the idea into the 20th Century.
Great leaders are the driving force behind every successful professional association. CANA is proud to announce that the progressive, forward-thinking tradition of its governance continues unabated with the latest board installation. During its 96th Annual Convention, August 6-9, 2014, at the Minneapolis Marriott City Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, CANA’s membership elected two new directors to the CANA Board.
assare, Inc., a trusted and relevant source for End-of-Life planning and management, today announced strong consumer interest and momentum stemming from its new Expert Partner Interview Series, which kicked off in July. Featuring insightful interviews with End-of-Life (EOL) subject matter experts on a range of relevant topics, the series launched with the first three interviews featured on Passare.com
Homesteaders Life Company President-CEO Steve Lang announced today that veteran industry leader Steve Shaffer will become the company’s Chief Operating Officer effective October 1. A thorough search commenced when Lang vacated that position upon succeeding Graham Cook as Homesteaders’ CEO on March 1 of this year.
A ringing phone at a funeral home cannot be ignored. This one fact has not changed at all over the past 50 years. However, the nature, frequency and value of funeral home phone calls have undergone a major transformation in the past several decades. With the emergence of new technology and a shift in societal expectations, the funeral home telephone has evolved from a simple method of communication into a crucial business tool.
If you’re like me you’ve heard many of the older people in your family say things like, “Don’t fuss over me when I die,” or, “When I’m dead just throw me in a ditch. ”We accept their statements as expressions of not wanting to burden their family with the planning, cost, etc … but what are they really saying to us when they throw these quips out?
When death occurs suddenly, it can leave loved ones in a lurch to figure out how to pay for funeral and the related services. To help cover the cost of a funeral, the median of which exceeds $7,000, according to the National Funeral Directors Association, families are increasingly soliciting donations from crowdfunding websites.