Years before Billy Standley died on Sunday, he planned out every detail of his funeral: He bought up the three plots next to his wife’s grave, had his sons build him a custom casket, and arranged for the funeral director to embalm him in a sitting position.
Funeral service is famous for resistance to change. Now, with the help of world renowned Human Synergistics International (HSI), Alan Creedy has scientifically determined the source of that resistance and, more importantly, how to overcome it. It has been suggested that funeral service may have come to the first major inflection point since embalming was introduced.
Ever set fire to your hair? Or, better yet, sell both your kidneys online? Hopefully not — those are really bad ideas.
A PSA by the Melbourne Metro highlights those mishaps, among others, in an animated sing-along. The morbidly cheery (or cheerily morbid?) video follows a cast of naive cartoons as they meet their unfortunate demises until, eventually, the whole gang — now dead — lines up and sings the chorus in unison. It’s infectiously catchy.
A funeral procession in San Antonio, Texas found itself without a hearse Tuesday morning when the car was stolen during services at a church.
The 2009 Cadillac hearse, valued at more than $69,000, was unoccupied with the engine running in the parking lot of the El Divino Church.
Members of the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) will make their way to the nation’s capital for the association’s 2014 Advocacy Summit. The event, taking place March 4-6 at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., will give NFDA members an opportunity to meet face-to-face with their Congressional representatives and discuss issues of critical importance to funeral service.
At Need Credit provides funeral homes with the ability to offer their families with no pre-need, little to no life insurance, limited credit card balances or cash at need payment plans using their unique “Waterfall of Payment Plans”.
Funeral directors have the unfortunate responsibly of burying the youth in their communities – many of these deaths are caused by distracted driving. There is a new high school program sweeping the nation that stages students in the aftermath of these tragic situations, during which the student is read their own obituary written by their own parents.
The job gave Booker a unique view of inner-city Baltimore at a time when drugs and gang violence terrorized the neighborhoods. Young men she knew from high school routinely ended up on display in the Wylie Funeral home. As these young homicide victims came to the funeral home, sometimes the violence followed them there.
Aurora Casket Company, the largest privately-owned supplier in funeral service, has once again received top marks for Service in the annual Casket Survey conducted by the Funeral Service Insider. Aurora also won this recognition in both 2011 and 2012.
One of the select few lawyers in North America who specializes in funeral service is now part of the FrontRunner team. Poul Lemasters of Lemasters Consulting will act as legal counsel for FrontRunner but he will also help lead the charge against obit piracy, which is threatening the profession and robbing funeral directors of millions of dollars in lost online revenue