Every year, funeral professionals set aside time from their hectic schedules to attend the National Funeral Directors Convention. For many directors, a trip to the NFDA Convention may be the only opportunity to take a vacation. ASD is proud to be an official exhibitor sponsor of the convention this year. It is a truly special event that combines fun and sightseeing with informative educational sessions and networking opportunities. Without a doubt, the NFDA is the highlight of the year for many in the funeral profession.
What I have learned, in my work in funeral homes and other small businesses, is that the door is always open to discover the potential of employees, however the comfort level of the manager remains a concern. Many of my clients often comment that if they had the resources and tools to support employee engagement, it would help them gain confidence to move forward with a solid plan of action. Their point is well taken.
Many of you remember the acquisition crazed days in the late-1990s when there were dozens of buyers willing to make very aggressive offers to purchase funeral homes. Things escalated until several of the buyers filed bankruptcy due to overpaying for businesses. In 2000 the acquisition market screeched to a halt and for the next ten years it became very difficult to sell most funeral homes. Valuations fell with the reduction in viable buyers.
The Center for Loss and Life Transition announces a new brochure written by Dr. Alan Wolfelt designed to complete the “WHY” of the Funeral set and teach the families you serve about the elements of a meaningful funeral ceremony. The brochure, entitled “Honoring, Remembering, Healing: The pieces of a meaningful funeral,” explains in clear yet gentle language the many essential pieces of the funeral ceremony.
“There is one thought I hope that I can impress most deeply on all crematory men – cremation is not the end – cremation alone is not complete, but is only an intermediate step towards the permanent preservation of the cremated remains.”
Question/Answer – As a survivor of viral hemorrhagic fever myself, I would like to know why no one seems to consider the future outbreaks that will be caused by the policy of burial rather than cremation? I know cremation is not traditional, but burial virtually ensures future outbreaks.
Wilbert Funeral Services Inc. announced today it will build a 50,000-square-foot production, storage and office facility in Republic’s Brookline Business Park. That will bring nearly 30 jobs to Republic, according to Joe Suhor, Chairman of the Board of WFSI.
Pierce Mortuary Colleges is pleased to announce the hiring of Lauren M. Budrow, CFSP, as President of Mid-America College of Funeral Service, Jeffersonville, Indiana. Budrow has a combined total of fifteen years in funeral service and higher education. Most recently, she served as Program Director and Instructor for the Funeral Service Education program at Lake Washington Institute of Technology, Kirkland, Washington.
Caitlin Doughty isn’t an ordinary mortician. In 2006, Doughty was fresh out of college when her fascination with death took her to a job at a crematory where she drove a van, put makeup on dead bodies, and burned corpses. In the years following, Doughty became the source for addressing morbid questions on the Internet with her web series Ask a Mortician
In 1952, Emmett Ashford became the first African American umpire in organized baseball and Dwight Eisenhower was elected President of the United States. That same year, the Pennsylvania legislature decided that funeral homes needed to be heavily regulated. Under a 1952 regulation, funeral directors must obtain a license and build expensive “preparation rooms.”