A client and friend of mine recently spent days revising the staff schedule to be more efficient and effective. He took great pains to think about its impact on staff and did his best to devise a plan that would work best for the funeral home AND create the least inconvenience for his staff. After he finished explaining it to staff at a staff meeting one of his staff members pushed back hard. This resulted in others joining suit (crowd mentality).
A few weeks ago, I received a heartbreaking call that no person ever wants to take… My younger cousin, at the tender age of 16, and with so many life possibilities and meaningful moments ahead, took his own life. And while I may work in a profession where death is spoken about casually over lunch, and where I regularly give advice on how to cope and heal when loved one’s pass away, it’s still completely debilitating when this kind of event hits home.
People’s last words are fascinating. Some share a nugget of wisdom, while others throw in one last joke. Somehow, these last words end up capturing an essence of the person who uttered them. We put together the graphic below showing the last words of nine famous people.
On Wednesday morning, former NFL quarterback Doug Flutie’s father, Dick, died of a heart attack. Less than one hour later, his mother, Joan, also died — also of a heart attack. In a post written later that day on Facebook, Flutie said, “They say you can die of a broken heart and I believe it.” The Fluties had been married for 56 years, and the story of their death is one you hear from time to time: longtime couples who are as inseparable in death as they were in life
Going off to some facility, they tell her. Losing control of care. Being knocked out by morphine. Or — the clincher — giving up. When Gross assures them that hospice isn’t at all like that — that two-thirds of hospice care takes place in the person’s home or a long-term care facility, that the patient can still receive medical care, and that Medicare and most private health insurers pay for it in full — they often change their minds.
How do you explain to hundreds of grade school children that a beloved kindergarten teacher with breast cancer is dying? That’s the start of the following post, which takes up the rarely discussed subject of why it is important that teachers be equipped to discuss death with students who are confronted with the loss of a family member or friend and come to school trying to make sense of it.
Foundation Partners Group (FPG), a leading provider of innovative funeral, cemetery and cremation experiences and products, has announced the promotion of Justin Baxley to the newly created position of Senior Vice President of Business Development. In this new role, Baxley will be responsible for implementing FPG’s acquisition strategy, where he will identify and evaluate funeral homes and cemeteries that have the desire to be leaders in the funeral profession by partnering with FPG.
funeralnation.tv – In this episode we go head to head with Josh Slocum, executive director, of the Funeral Consumers Alliance. We ask Josh about the FCAs call for funeral home pricing transparency and if funeral homes should consider the FCA the enemy. Our WTF segment features advertising genius!
It’s just about that time of year. The weather has cooled. Coats, sweaters, and scarves are out. Hot chocolate is on the stove. ‘Tis the season to be jolly… the holidays are right around the corner! Hosting a holiday event, either at your funeral home or off-site, is a great way to bring members of your community together. We have put together a few family-oriented event ideas to help you stay involved in your community this holiday season.
New Memorials Direct is changing its name to Bailey and Bailey. They are still one of the world’s largest suppliers of quality cremation jewelry and offer one-stop shopping for fingerprint, cremation and photo pieces. Fingerprint jewelry ships out within an unbeatable one to three day lead time. They also made it easier than ever to capture fingerprints by offering digital fingerprint scanners that accommodate apple, android or windows devices.