The Order of the Golden Rule (OGRF), the recently-formed charitable arm of The International Oder of the Golden Rule (OGR), recently elected its Board and Directors. Peter “Skip” Urban, Anton B. Urban Funeral Home, Ambler, PA was elected as Board Chair; Matt Stradling, Stradling Funeral Homes, Akron, PA was elected as Secretary-Treasurer.
With hospice, people finally had a choice where they would spend their last days. Many chose the familiarity and comfort of their home, where visiting hours were not regulated, and registered caregivers could give individual attention to a dying person’s needs. Today those in hospice care number in the millions.
Sandy Del Duca was mourning the death of her father when Lulu, a curly haired goldendoodle, came bounding down the stairs at the Ballard-Durand funeral home. Del Duca thought Lulu was simply the pet of funeral home owner Matthew Fiorillo, whom she was meeting to make arrangements. But the dog also works there — one of an increasing number of dogs being offered by American funeral homes to comfort mourners.
As I was waiting in line behind an older gentleman at Wendy’s recently, I heard him ask for his senior discount. The girl at the register apologized and charged him less. When I asked the man what the discount was, he told me that seniors over age 55 — get 10% off everything on the menu, every day. (But you need to ASK for your discount.)
As funeral professionals, we know that planning a funeral can feel like one of the most confusing, stressful and overwhelming tasks that your families will ever take on. And if that funeral was for someone that they were extremely close to, or for someone who passed suddenly, that’s a whole new challenge that can leave families truly overwhelmed and wondering where they can go to for help.
We are pleased to announce the launching of our RENTAL CASKETS, known as the HEAVENLY CASKET and our standard clear view caskets, which offer the flexibility of customizing the different style of hardware and color.
Funeral Directors Life Insurance Company (FDLIC) has been recently recognized as one of the Best Places to Work for Millennials for 2015, a national awards program presented by the acclaimed Center for Generational Kinetics, Best Companies Group, and Barnum Financial Group.
The fear of being buried alive may be an ancient obsession—Pliny the Elder recorded cases among the Romans in his Natural History, written in 77 CE. But the golden age for this particular phobia was the Victorian era, when a sensationalist press met a public fascination with death (and some spotty science) to create a cottage industry of books and inventions devoted to premature burial and, most importantly, its prevention.
Over the past few weeks, there have been a number of news reports and social media shares regarding notable obituaries. These obituaries are notable and thus newsworthy because they deviate from the more traditional obituary. They contain social or political messages either from the deceased him/herself or from the deceased’s family. The messages are directed towards the general public (or at least the readers of the obit) and are intended to either relay the deceased’s position on a social issue or to warn against a social harm, and then in both cases to encourage specific action.
Over the past two years, 2,072 people have completed one the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association’s three cremation certification programs: Crematory Operator, Cremation Arranger or Crematory Administrator.