Greece’s cash crisis has disrupted all aspects of daily life — death included. Greek funeral homes are struggling to cope with banking restrictions that limit customers to taking out only 60 euros ($65) a day in cash. Even a modest funeral service in Greece costs more than 15 times that, in a country that traditionally carries out funerals shortly after death and pays for them almost entirely in cash.
The national rate of cremation is projected to surpass that of burial in 2015 according to a report released today by the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA). The 2015 NFDA Cremation and Burial Report: Research, Statistics and Projections features statistics and in-depth analysis of consumer attitudes toward cremation. NFDA is the world’s leading and largest association representing funeral professionals.
Have you ever thought about what you’re going to look like when you’re dead? Well for the girl you’re about to meet it’s exactly what she spends her days doing – that is making dead bodies beautiful.
When the bodies of two of his friends were delivered to his funeral home in downtown Champaign on a single day in June, Chuck Vaughn said he looked at one of them and “about lost it.” This particular man had been an organ and tissue donor, and his heart, kidney, liver, part of his lung and the long bones of his legs had been surgically removed, or recovered, for donation, said Vaughn, the owner of Heath & Vaughn Funeral Home.
Funeral homes are looking to expand their businesses as the industry has become, er, sickly in recent years. They’re helping people tie the knot, as opposed to simply honoring the dead.
Probate fees on settling estates — a legal process that determines the authenticity of wills and the administering of a deceased’s assets — have risen, resulting in invoices that could top $100,000 or even $1 million.
Creating new markets, leading through change and engaging employees will be the focus of the three keynote sessions at the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association’s 2015 Fall Management Conference, September 30-October 2 in Tucson, Arizona.
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.