I’M A FOURTH GENERATION FUNERAL DIRECTOR. In total, we have 17 funeral homes — my dad and three of his cousins are the four owners, and they each operate a separate division. So although we’re one company, we operate day-to-day as four separate little companies. I work with my father, my brother, my cousin, and four other funeral directors, and together the eight of us run four funeral homes.
Once upon a time obituaries were straight-up journalism. Papers would cover the life and times of locals who were recently downgraded from faithful readers to, well, dead. Today, however, most obits are no more than a cash grab by newspapers and their obituary partner Legacy.com. They represent a steady stream of content and cash delivered by grieving families who haven’t twigged on that their dearly departed is about to become a pitchman/woman for anti-fungal foot cream. Here’s how it works:
China urged its citizens to turn to more eco-friendly ways to bury and honor their dead at the weekend as the country showed few signs of going green to mark yesterday’s tomb-sweeping holiday. In the lead-up to the Qing Ming festival, government officials encouraged people to shun centuries-old traditions in favor of cremation and sea burials in a bid to save land and the environment.
Forethought Life Insurance Company (Forethought), a subsidiary of Global Atlantic Financial Group Limited, is helping funeral homes reimagine the preneed space once again with the launch of a new business analytics tool called Forethought InSight.
Couldn’t make it to the ICCFA convention? Here is a very quick hyperlapse tour of the exhibit hall!
We went to our facebook page and asked 6,600 funeral directors to fill in the blank of this sentence: ‘You know you’re a funeral director when ___________’.
For all of the responses you can visit our facebook page but we included some of our favorites below:
Employees at the city Medical Examiner’s Office “intentionally destroyed” documents to cover up the fact that it allowed the wrong corpse to be released for cremation and burial, a city probe finds.
Morgue workers failed to report a missing body for at least three months. When the stunning screw-up was finally discovered, no one took responsibility and all incriminating evidence was erased.
Passare, Inc., a company offering cloud-based funeral arrangement and collaboration solutions to funeral homes, has entered into an agreement with Directors Investment Group (DIG) to form a strategic relationship that will spur Passare’s future growth and rapid expansion as a nationwide network of funeral care providers. DIG has made a significant investment in Passare, and as a result, Passare has become a subsidiary of DIG.
What’s Behind The Bling? An Inside Perspective on The Controversial Owner of ConnectingDirectors.com and DISRUPT Media
Ryan started his social media company DISRUPT Media, appropriately named because these means of interacting with customers would certainly be disruptive to an industry based in so much tradition. I think it was during the development of this new business that Ryan decided his trendy mode of dress would become his unique “brand,” symbolizing the need to modify or even break from outmoded ways of interacting with the public.
Confirmed today: Batesville President Kim Ryan To Assume Interim Role as President of Coperion, a Hillenbrand Subsidiary Company Appoints Chris Trainor, CFO and Chief Administrative Officer, as Interim President