At 2:38 p.m. on September 9, 2013, Jeremy Fowler posted a picture of his family wearing bicycle helmets while standing in front of the split-rail fence of a horse corral in nowhere New Hampshire. The reflection of their washed out skin bespoke the 2.0 megapixels of Jeremy’s flip phone camera. It was a strange image to arrive on my Facebook newsfeed, a pixilated tribute to Jeremy’s father who died 48 hours earlier.
Directors Investment Group (DIG), Abilene, TX, is honored to welcome third generation funeral director Kasi Welch-Baker to its board of directors. DIG is the parent company of Funeral Directors Life Insurance Company (FDLIC). Kasi is the co-owner of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Homes in Texas along with her father, Tommy Welch, who is also a DIG board member.
This month, the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) will release the eighth edition of “The History of American Funeral Directing” by Robert Habenstein and William Lamers. “This book is a landmark text in funeral service, particularly for students in funeral service education programs,” said NFDA’s Vice President of Professional Development Colleen Murphy Klein.
Val Patterson — a little known scientist from Utah — wrote for himself one of the more intriguing (and long) obituaries I’ve read. It’s epic. The confessions start in the fourth paragraph, but — if I were you — I’d read the whole thing. It’s packed with goodness and humor, and a dash of wisdom.
If you’re still using Windows XP on your computer, you’re not alone. Despite the fact that Microsoft stopped supporting the operating system earlier this month, it’s estimated that it’s still running on 300-million or approximately 20 percent of all PCs worldwide. While change is difficult for many, there is little doubt that upgrading will be the easiest way to protect your system from security threats.
Funeral Home Gifts has an exciting new contest to announce! Beginning on April 21, 2014, through Memorial Day May 30, 2014, we will be accepting contest submissions for the “Veteran Design & Presentation of the Year 2014.”
FuneralTech is pleased to announce an exclusive partnership with Dr. Bill Webster to provide grief resources to our valued clients. Dr. Bill has developed the Grief Journey Support System, an innovative, multimedia program that Funeral Directors can make available to their families and community.
Peter Stefan was tasked with preparing the body of one of the suspected terrorists, and then finding a proper burial plot. And he’d do it all again.
My take away is that frankly, what was reported is not “new news.” Guess what? There is inflation in the funeral industry, the FTC makes regulations that are regularly broken by rogues, funeral homes are for profit businesses, funeral home practices have evolved over the years, the advent of the internet and social media are providing more exposure to once limited funeral home information. And, oh yeah; it’s expensive to die.
A.M. Best Company, a global rating agency focused on the insurance industry, announced that it has affirmed Homesteaders Life Company’s financial strength rating of A- (Excellent). “We take very seriously the long-term promises we make to our customers and policy owners every day, and our financial management philosophy is rooted in ensuring we honor those promises,”