FUNERAL nation Episode #6 – Save My Ink Cuts Into Funeral Profession, Funeral Director Spotlight and a New Spin on WTF
In episode 6 we talk with the gentlemen behind Save My Ink, a new company who has created a process for preserving skin art. In our Funeral Director Spotlight we look at a funeral director who is using motorcycles to personalize funeral processions for his families and we put a new spin on our much loved WTF segment.
Music licenses for calendar year 2016 are now available through the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association. ICCFA is offering licensing with ASCAP, BMI and SESAC for $263 per property through January 31, 2016, with no additional fees or membership required. Licensing directly with ASCAP, BMI and SESAC would cost more than $600 per location.
Service Corporation International announced today that Mr. Robert L. “Bob” Waltrip will be stepping aside as Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors after 53 years of devoted service to the Company.
Dying isn’t always an Earth-friendly business. Decomposing bodies in coffins buried in the ground emit large amounts of methane, a harmful greenhouse gas. That, along with the formaldehyde that’s used to get the body preserved for burial makes for not-so-sustainable burial practices. And while the vast majority of people opt for either traditional burial or cremation, there are other ways to be memorialized that do less damage to the planet.
When glancing at this list of words and phrases, one might conclude they are all describing a major change or shift in thinking. However, in addition to conjuring futuristic images, these words also share one very important thing in common. They were all used in titles for different NFDA seminars and workshops at the 2015 Convention in Indianapolis.
Veteran’s Day is celebrated throughout the United States to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good (read more about the history of Veteran’s Day here…). As many of you know, Veteran’s Day is this Wednesday, November 11th – 4 days from today! Here are 4 easy ways your funeral home can show support this week in honor of Veteran’s Day…
Funeral professionals must work hard to maintain a positive “feel good” image with the public. End-of-life situations are rarely easy, so it’s not surprising when people hope to avoid frequent visits to our establishments. Given the inherent uneasiness and sadness associated with funerals, we should look for ways to light a candle in the darkness whenever possible. One way to do this is through the use of tactful and timely humor in our public communications.
What do you want your last act to be—that is, your final gesture upon your own death? It’s an uncomfortable question—as profound as it is practical, simultaneously spiritual, corporal, and, it turns out, environmental. With an estimated 56 million deaths occurring each year, the way those bodies are disposed of has consequences.
Brad Sheppard, (from left) funeral science instructor for Arkansas State University-Mountain Home, talks Tuesday with Blake Farmer of Siloam Springs, Bryan Wood of Berryville and Elise Pennington of Bentonville at Northwest Arkansas Community College in Bentonville. The class at NWACC often uses a synthetic cadaver to help teach the ins and outs of embalming. The National Funeral Directors Association reports women accounted for 16.5 percent of its members last year, up from 9.7 percent in 2004.
Passare®, offering the only cloud-based funeral arrangement and collaboration platform in the funeral profession, recently announced the addition of Julie Hofmann as Account Executive for Passare. “We are pleased to have Julie join Passare,” said Jay Thomas, Passare CEO and VP. “She brings an acute understanding of the way that technology changes client expectations. Her experience with new technologies will be a great benefit to our existing and new customers, and will help us lead the funeral industry forward.”