Funeral home owners can now protect themselves against low interest rates, thanks to a new pre-need product from Physicians Mutual. Cornerstone Index Advantage allows funeral homes to earn equity index-driven growth rates instead of a fixed rate set at the discretion of the carrier.
Answering Service for Directors recently enhanced the company’s training facilities to include a state-of-the-art Group Training center for new employees. With synced computers and a large projection screen, ASD’s Group Training center provides trainees with an in-depth look at ASD’s sophisticated computer systems. Question and answer sessions ensure new hires advance through the training program at the same level.
This is one question constantly (and rightfully) posed by funeral home owners and vendors. Does investing in an active presence on Facebook pay off in terms of business gained? We will take a stab at providing some answers in this article.
The way that we grieve is different from culture to culture and person to person. Losing a loved one is something that one cannot prepare for, and in many cases do not expect when it happens. Needless to say, it is a difficult experience, and preparing a funeral or memorial service can be overwhelming to say the least. As society changes over time, so too do the ways in which we choose to express our grief and engage with the memory of those we have lost. This process of change is one that is exemplary in the changing landscape of funeral trends.
Male funeral directors who routinely work with embalming fluid might be at increased risk of developing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a new study finds. Those whose jobs involved continual exposure to the formaldehyde in embalming fluid were three times more likely to develop the neurological disease, compared to people never exposed to the chemical, researchers reported in the July 13 issue of the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry.
It’s hard to face the business of death when you are busy living. According to one survey, 51 percent of Americans aged 55 to 64 don’t have wills. Even if they have prepared estate documents, their adult children often have no idea where to find them. Fresh from the latest Y Combinator batch, Willing is a startup that takes on the $20.7 billion per year U.S. funeral industry by making arrangements simple and painless (or at least as painless as anything that involves contemplating your mortality can be).
Elephants die; we all do. In elephants and some others, it matters who has died. It’s why they are “who” animals. The crucial importance of memory, learning, and leadership in a family’s survival is why individuals matter. And so, death matters to the survivors. A researcher once played a recording of an elephant who had died. The sound was coming from a speaker hidden in a thicket. The family went wild calling, looking all around. The dead elephant’s daughter called for days afterward. The researchers never again did such a thing.
Daniel M. Isard, MSFS, President of The Foresight Companies, LLC, the nation’s leading financial and management consulting firm serving funeral homes and cemeteries throughout North America, announced today the dates for a new and revolutionary seminar. “If you own a cemetery it is not just about mowing, digging and coloring a map a few times a month. The operation of a cemetery is a holistic operation that speaks a whole different language than any other business including the language of funeral service. This event is called CEMETERY IMPOSSIBLE!”
“When I first heard DISRUPT Media’s name, I thought it was a great name in a profession so adverse to change,” Givnish went on to say. “We have found their systematic approach is very understandable and quantifiable. That’s the reason why Givnish Funeral Homes selected DISRUPT Media.”
It is a beautifully shot wedding photo. The setting is verdant, an open field with old gnarled trees and lush foliage. The gorgeous bride is in a stunning burgundy taffeta gown, the handsome groom in a crisp white dress shirt. But wait, is that a white coffin they are sitting in? In another shot, the tuxedo-clad groom is sitting on the same white coffin while, next to him, his bride oozes sexiness in a lacey white gown.