Over the last four days, I spent my time on a father-daughter vacation with my father, CJ Thacker, and sister, Sara Thacker. But of course we “happened” to be in New Orleans the same time as the annual ICCFA’s (International Cemetery and Cremation Funeral Association) annual conference. Oh, okay fine. It wasn’t a vacation; we went to a work conference. But isn’t that what we do in the funeral industry? We use our conferences as an excuse to get out of town for a couple of days (that is, if we aren’t too busy).
Funeral professionals have a new online resource to help them find the information they need to achieve more in their business, their community and their lives. The National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) debuted a significantly enhanced website (nfda.org) that makes finding the tools and information needed to succeed easier than ever. Association members will enjoy simplified access to exclusive members-only resources.
Selected Independent Funeral Homes has announced the appointment of new Board Members to lead the world’s largest and oldest association of independently-owned funeral homes. Selected’s Board Member Appointment Committee chose the new Directors who, together with the newly-elected Officers, will be installed later this year at the 98th Annual Meeting, Sept. 14-17 at the Grand Floridian in Orlando, Fla.
FrontRunner announced today the release of its new Exclusive Partner Program (EPP). The program is designed for highly progressive firms that are seeking a single company to offer them the exclusive products, services and technology to give them the unique differentiation in their communities; something that is often non-existent with most website and management vendors.
We are all going to die. It’s true. How many of us have stopped to think about the consequences of our deaths?
Funeral home advertising: maybe not the best art project for children.
In alignment with its mission to fund projects and programs that support all of funeral service in building meaningful relationships in the community the Funeral Service Foundation awarded scholarships to 10 women to attend the 2016 NFDA Professional Women’s Conference, which was held April 8-10 in Cape Coral, Fla.
The International Order of the Golden Rule (OGR) is proud to announce this year’s Honorable Mentions for the Exemplary Service Awards. These member firms are being recognized for the outstanding customer service they provided to families during their time of loss.
Why, you might ask, would a person who works in an embalming room and wears a black suit everyday be considered cool? For starters, because funeral directors aren’t in the embalming room nearly as much, and some of them are even transitioning out of black and embracing brighter colors (which happens to be a metaphor for a much more powerful transformation the profession is experiencing).
You leave the funeral home at 6pm after working for 10 hours. You have to pull over twice on the drive home, once to handle an urgent call from a family and once to answer a call from a solicitor who wants to talk about your funeral home’s Google listing.