Newspapers, sit up and take notice – Memorial Post launched today and they have your obituary business squarely in its crosshairs. It’s a platform that’s international in scope and allows users to easily create online memorials that put the newspapers’ Legacy.com versions to shame.
It’s a scenario you hope will never happen on a flight: your seatmate suddenly nods off, his head on your shoulder. You try to shift. He won’t wake up. And then you discover: Your seatmate is dead.
Builders and plumbers want to cut corners by taking their final journey in a white van, while farmers fancy a send-off on a horse-drawn cart, tractor or even a specially manufactured Land Rover hearse and matching limousine.
Every year, funeral professionals set aside time from their hectic schedules to attend the National Funeral Directors Convention. For many directors, a trip to the NFDA Convention may be the only opportunity to take a vacation. ASD is proud to be an official exhibitor sponsor of the convention this year. It is a truly special event that combines fun and sightseeing with informative educational sessions and networking opportunities. Without a doubt, the NFDA is the highlight of the year for many in the funeral profession.
What I have learned, in my work in funeral homes and other small businesses, is that the door is always open to discover the potential of employees, however the comfort level of the manager remains a concern. Many of my clients often comment that if they had the resources and tools to support employee engagement, it would help them gain confidence to move forward with a solid plan of action. Their point is well taken.
Many of you remember the acquisition crazed days in the late-1990s when there were dozens of buyers willing to make very aggressive offers to purchase funeral homes. Things escalated until several of the buyers filed bankruptcy due to overpaying for businesses. In 2000 the acquisition market screeched to a halt and for the next ten years it became very difficult to sell most funeral homes. Valuations fell with the reduction in viable buyers.
The Center for Loss and Life Transition announces a new brochure written by Dr. Alan Wolfelt designed to complete the “WHY” of the Funeral set and teach the families you serve about the elements of a meaningful funeral ceremony. The brochure, entitled “Honoring, Remembering, Healing: The pieces of a meaningful funeral,” explains in clear yet gentle language the many essential pieces of the funeral ceremony.
“There is one thought I hope that I can impress most deeply on all crematory men – cremation is not the end – cremation alone is not complete, but is only an intermediate step towards the permanent preservation of the cremated remains.”
Question/Answer – As a survivor of viral hemorrhagic fever myself, I would like to know why no one seems to consider the future outbreaks that will be caused by the policy of burial rather than cremation? I know cremation is not traditional, but burial virtually ensures future outbreaks.
Wilbert Funeral Services Inc. announced today it will build a 50,000-square-foot production, storage and office facility in Republic’s Brookline Business Park. That will bring nearly 30 jobs to Republic, according to Joe Suhor, Chairman of the Board of WFSI.