The International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association has partnered with Colma Education to offer those who cannot attend its Annual Convention access to live-streaming video and session recordings of selected educational sessions for $295.
Now, a company called Mesoloft has provided yet another striking possibility for those who’ve chosen to get cremated — a release of the ashes from about 17 miles (90,000 feet, 27,432 meters) in the air, in a part of our stratosphere known as near space. According to Mesoloft co-founder Chris Winfield, at that altitude, it’s quite likely the ashes would circumnavigate the globe before being returned to Earth in the form of rain or snow.
Exploding caskets, human taxidermy, and poop, oh my. Caitlin Doughty is a mortician who wants to help you understand the process (and the business) of death. She could say she’s pretty into death. You know, professionally.
In the wrong writer’s hands, an obituary can be a dull collection of biographical facts, the type of article that journalism professor William Drummond calls the “lowest common denominator” of newspaper writing.
But on this day, he hoped for something more profound from his students, even if his classroom wasn’t filled with the high-achievers he was accustomed to teaching at UC Berkeley. Drummond was across the bay in San Quentin State Prison, where he was introducing inmates to the basics of covering the news.
Twenty-two Wilbert Licensees were recognized with awards for their sales accomplishments in 2014 at the Wilbert Funeral Services, Inc (WFSI) Annual Sales Meeting.
Whited Cemetery Services, Menifee, CA, was honored with the Special Achievement Award for their outstanding success in gaining new Wilbert burial vault business among the funeral establishments they serve throughout southern California.
InvoCare USA, Inc. an innovative funeral services startup, and wholly owned subsidiary of InvoCare Limited today announced that James Wheeler has been appointed Chief Financial Officer.
The International Order of the Golden Rule’s (OGR) Director of Golden Services Group, Connie Haymes, attended The Foresight Companies’ Aftercare and Outreach Seminar on Feb. 26-27 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Ms. Haymes noted, “Families expect funeral professionals to provide a greater number of support resources long after the funeral. This seminar helped us identify ways OGR can help its members offer valuable ongoing assistance to families struggling with grief without straining their funeral homes’ budgets or adding staff.”
Using their proprietary FUNERAL Social Design Process, DISRUPT Media is helping Astral to create a platform to build social networks among people who share interests, activities, backgrounds or real-life connections in the funeral industry and the public.
At an altitude of just over 1000 feet, I released from the tow line, got squared away, and reached into the pocket where Chris was waiting. But I did not realize how difficult it was to take both hands off the control bar while trying to unzip the baggie off to my side as we flew through the air at about 25 miles per hour.
Qeepr Social Memorials teams up with death professionals, Caitlin Doughty and Lauren LeRoy for a roundtable discussion on death and dying. The talk will be streamed live via Google+ and Youtube on March 12th at 4pm EST.