Sweet Little Animation About The Cycle of Life, Starring Various Roadkill…
As the news flashed across the screen, “230 Dead in Club Fire” I sat remembering five years ago when I unzipped two small body bags. I remembered the smell. The smell that lacks a comparison; a smell that sticks to your clothes; a smell so permeating that your piss smells like it for days after.
You Know It’s Going To Be A Bad Time When…
Has this ever happened to you?
The International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association has named its 2012 KIP (Keeping It Personal) Award winners, recognizing the best in personalization in the cemetery and funeral service profession.
Created by the ICCFA Personalization Committee, the KIP program honors recipients in five categories: Best Practices/Personal Touch; Most Personalized Service/Memorial; Events; Innovative Personalized Product (suppliers only); and Most Personalized Pet Service/Memorial.
This year’s contest attracted 41 entries from across the United States, Canada and Austria. Communications and marketing professionals from outside the cemetery and funeral service profession performed the judging. This is the first time a pet service/memorial has won the Grand Prize.
Information on the winners is available on the ICCFA website at www.iccfa.com/certifications-awards. Applications for the 2013 KIP Awards will be available from the ICCFA this spring. The ICCFA congratulates the winners and all who entered the 2012 KIP Awards.
Global Call For Bold Ideas to Re-imagine Deathcare For The Future in First-Ever “Design for Death” competition
Two Singapore philanthropic houses join forces with U.S National Funeral Directors’ Association (NFDA) to transform deathcare1 through design and innovation
Winning designs of the international competition to feature at the 2013 NFDA International Convention & Expo in Austin, Texas
Singapore, 6 Feb 2013. – Designers worldwide now have a chance to change the way life’s final exit is made.
The Lien Foundation and ACM Foundation today announced their collaboration with NFDA, the globe’s leading funeral service association, to launch Design for Death, the world’s inaugural international competition to re-design deathcare for the future. Administered by Designboom, the first and largest independent online publication dedicated to architecture and design with over 4 million readers, Design for Death invites designers, artists, architects and anyone with a creative mind and spirit to present their ideas and innovations to inspire and transform deathcare practices.
The competition’s jury members bring their field of expertise to the competition and amongst them are Pritzker Prize architect, Richard Meier and popular digital artist Ray Caesar. The competition will award a total of EUR$80,000 in prizes and seeks submissions for (1) how various aspects of deathcare can be environmentally friendly and (2) interpretations of how design can better encapsulate the deceased and remember them. Winners will go to Austin, Texas and have their work showcased at the annual 2013 NFDA International Convention & Expo from 20-23 October. The pinnacle event for the deathcare industry draws thousands of participants from all over the world each year. Full competition details are at www.designfordeath.org.
We have all seen the life insurance TV commercials airing across North America that say, “Funerals are expensive, and the price of an average funeral can cost over ten thousand dollars.”
Below are 4 of the most common reasons funeral homes are hiding and turning away from using social media as a component in their marketing plan:
For two hours, split between small circles and a larger group discussion, they’ll talk about death. A facilitator may throw out questions to spark the conversation: How do they want to die? In their sleep? In the hospital? Of what cause?
BROADVIEW, IL, FEBRUARY 5, 2013 – Wilbert Funeral Services, Inc., (WFSI) the leading provider of burial vaults and cremation-related products and services in North America, is pleased to announce the addition of Michael Devaney as Cremation Merchandising Manager. In his position, Devaney will manage WFSI’s cremation market strategy including product management and marketing and sales strategy.
Devaney brings thirty years of funeral industry experience to WFSI, most recently serving as National Account Manager for American Funeral Supply where he managed national account relationships and marketing initiatives, as well as driving supply chain efficiencies.
We did a double take when the email from Batesville announcing their new product line came through our system yesterday afternoon. Batesville and Hallmark seem like an unlikely partnership, almost as unlikely as Batesville ever launching a funeral stationery line.