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How interesting! As I step out to encourage this profession to not give in but take a stand and fight for itself I find more than I expected joining the cause.
Apropos of everything my friend, Bruce Buchanan, brought an article to my attention published via The Wall Street Journal that succinctly expresses many of the points I am attempting to make in my most recent series of posts. Here are a few excerpts to underscore the relevance of the comments in this important article. I recommend you print it out and tape it above your desk, or wherever you sit the most, to remind yourself.
The below is a very insightful infographic that was put together mu MySendOff.com. This infographic is jam packed with very useful facts, many of the facts are almost commonsense, but to see the actually figures is eye opening. For example, I think it is very interesting that 68% of funeral directors say that social media has impacted their business, but very few funeral homes are actually embracing social media. Did you know that 78% of baby boomers are regularly online? Did you know that 1 baby boomer passes away every 49.5 seconds? Look at the inforgraphic below for more facts like this.
When a loved one’s passes away, it can often take people by surprise. Not everyone is prepared to deal with what lies ahead with the cost and details of funeral planning. The experts at The Funeral Program Site have been thought of as the “go to” resource for funeral and memorial service planning needs. A new memorial SUPERSTORE showroom has just opened in the San Francisco Bay Area where families can go to order printed materials such as funeral programs, prayer cards, or bookmarks. There is also a nice selection of memorial gifts for keepsake items.
Families may not always know that there are other options when it comes to the selection of printed materials and memorial keepsakes. The showroom is located in Orinda, California and staffed with graphic designers who can assist families in customizing and personalizing a product. These designers are also trained to service the bereaved community and will guide families through the process in the type of information they may want to include.
It is amazing how often funeral topics are discussed on Twitter. There is a huge opportunity that exists on Twitter for funeral professionals and industry suppliers to answer questions Twitter users have about funerals and the funeral process. I’m not going to get into this idea fully, it deserves its own article, but if you are curious go to search.twitter.com and type in the search term “Funeral”. You will be presented with a list of all the tweets that include the word “funeral”. Ok, now on to the point of this article.
It’s a struggle for funeral homes to advertise.
Where do we advertise? At nursing homes? Hospitals? Bars? Along dangerous highways?
It’s a struggle for us to sponsor events.
What should we sponsor? A BBQ fundraiser? Who wants to see a funeral home ad on the back of their son’s Little League uniform?
And when other businesses can donate a coupon or a gift certificate to a charity auction, the funeral homes can donate … what? A used casket? A groupon?
We have fairly modest dreams when it comes to ferrying our remains to our final resting place. After all, it can’t cost that much to rent the The Oscar Meyer Wienermobile for a few hours. Should you have slightly more expensive tastes, there’s always this Rolls-Royce Phantom Hearse. The specialty vehicle is set to be unveiled at the Tan Expo funeral home show in Bologna, Italy. With 23 feet of length from stem to stern, this Phantom is longer than even the long-wheelbase version of the sedan. Interestingly enough, designers retained the rear doors for additional live passengers while incorporating a large rear cargo area for the dearly departed.
FORT WAYNE, INDIANA – Eagle’s Wings Air (EWA), the nation’s leading provider of transportation management services to North American funeral homes and shipping services, has been named a Preferred Benefit Provider of Selected Independent Funeral Homes (Selected), offering transportation services and incentives to Selected members.
Selected is an exclusive, invitation-only nonprofit organization representing more than 1,300 independently owned funeral home locations worldwide. Through its Member Benefits Program, the 94-year-old association offers a range of services and benefits for members, including access to and discounts from carefully chosen consultants and vendors.
This article originally appeared in the Director Magazine
“I don’t mean to burden you with my problems,” says the stranger over the wires that connect us. But by the time we both hang up, she isn’t a stranger any longer. I know her name, I know her age and the town in which she was born. And I know that she needs to have her son’s ashes buried because the sight of his urn in her empty home is a painful daily reminder of how alone she feels without him. When I tell the woman that everyone needs someone to talk to sometimes, I don’t require a script to find the words. The difference between saying something and meaning it is that by the time I hang up I am blinking back tears.
Guest article by Alan Creedy
[Apologetics (from Greek ἀπολογία, "speaking in defense") is the discipline of defending a position (often religious) through the systematic use of information.]
Much of my career has involved business turnarounds. This experience serves me well as a funeral home consultant. Over the course of more than 30 years I have learned a lot about human nature. Here is a simple elegant expression of one of the most significant lessons you must accept if you are in trouble:
“If you think you can, or if you think you can’t You are right!” Henry Ford