Sitting in the back of a Los Angeles café, Amber Carvaly holds a butter knife to her neck. Head tilted back, eyes shut, she places two fingers near her collarbone. “Make an incision right here and slide something underneath the carotid artery to pick it up,” she says, and a lesson on embalming begins. She brings her chin down, eyes now wide with enthusiasm. “It goes from this tiny, tiny little thing to this really amazing large vein,”
Two centuries ago, English poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley, remarked, “the cemetery is an open space among the ruins, covered in winter with violets and daisies. It might make one in love with death, to think that one should be buried in so sweet a place.” Today, the gothic beauty and rich history found within cemeteries still hold a special wonder for many people. Historians, artists, horticulturists, and many others find a quiet sanctuary within the gates of these sacred burial grounds. In addition to providing a final resting place for loved ones, cemeteries offer wide, open spaces away from traffic and crowds. Visitors can get a glimpse of the past by taking in the old headstone statues and reading ancient inscriptions.
Coping with the loss of a loved one can be a heartrending experience—while discussing how to prepare for a funeral or memorial can be even harder. Foreverence is changing the landscape of this hard-to-have conversation by offering individuals a new option for burial arrangements. Using 3D printing technology, Foreverence captures the spirit and life of an individual by creating a one-of-a-kind, 3D printed ceramic urn.
Company hires social media agency to help educate families on ShareLife®
“DISRUPT Media is the leading company that focuses specifically on social media for the deathcare industry. Ryan Thogmartin and his team have extensive expertise talking about a difficult subject online with compassionate, compelling posts,” stated Rex. “No one else in the industry has their depth of knowledge and skill. FPG is proud to partner with DISRUPT to be leading edge in the industry.”
If you’re wondering whether Pixar’s newest movie Inside Out will make you cry, the answer is maybe. I know because I saw it a few days ago, thanks to Discount Tuesdays at the local movie theater and two very bored children (we’re on week two of summer vacation people, things are not looking good). I’m not a particularly weepy person save for the occasional down day, random reminders of my deceased mother in the grocery store
There’s irony to the phrase, “funeral home office hours.” It is an oxymoron that isn’t difficult for most funeral professionals to recognize. The reality is, funeral homes operate on a 24/7, 365-day-a-year cycle that revolves around the needs of their community. Even when not physically present in the office, most directors spend a great deal of time on call speaking with families as well as clergy, vendors, florists and countless other contacts. The use of cellular communication is not only necessary…it is absolutely critical.
I’ve worked in the funeral profession for many years. But it wasn’t until recently that I trulyinternalized what it takes to create an amazing celebration of life… And I’ve got to hand it to you, it’s no easy task. No, it’s not about the products, the religion, the flowers or the burial. It’s about creating a complete experience that truly reflects the life lived and provides healing for everyone involved.
Most people are unaware of the wealth of information they can access by viewing their Facebook business page Insights. On the Insights tab are many helpful charts, graphs, and statistics from which you can learn about the engagement your page is achieving, which types of posts are the most popular, some basic demographics of the folks viewing your page, and the time of the day/week/month you are getting the most engagement…and it’s all free for the viewing!
It might sound a bit cliché — a creepy graveyard. I know, I know. It’s so grade B horror movie ridiculous. Oooorrrrr, it’s not and cemeteries can actually be haunting — or haunted, but that’s up to you. All I know is that I don’t care that Arlington National Cemetery has been called one of the most haunted sites in American, I still find it one of the most beautiful, humbling, and reverent places I have ever been.
Brad Rex, 55, is president and CEO of Foundation Partners Group, a company committed to changing how Americans think of and plan funerals. Rex, who was Vice President at EPCOT and held various leadership roles at Walt Disney World, applies his passion for storytelling to his work at FPG through what he calls ShareLife. This includes multi-sensory rooms.
Brad was recently interviewed by the Orland Sentinel about how Foundation Partners Group is using ShareLife to bring the Disney experience to funeral service. Below is an excerpt from that interview.