Let’s face it. Funeral homes aren’t known for being beautiful in the traditional sense of the word. Modern, light and airy are not words that immediately come to mind when a person thinks of a funeral home. But we are seeing a definite trend across the globe where saying goodbye to a loved one is actually more of a celebration of life vs. mourning of death.
Matthew O’Reilly is a veteran emergency medical technician on Long Island, New York. Last year, Mr. O’Reilly gave a TED talk about his experiences with people on the brink of death. In the talk, he reflects on the thousands of people he has treated after horrendous car accidents, traumas, and countless other emergency situations. Throughout his lengthy career of rescues and losses, O’Reilly found that people would always ask him the same question, “am I going to die?”
A French company has come up with a novel way to keep people close to their departed loved ones: bottling their unique scent as a perfume. Like many struggling to get over the death of a loved one, Katia Apalategui’s mum held on to her late husband’s pillowcase to keep the precious smell of the man she loved.
As we all know, the public has a very mixed view of funeral homes. With most people today doing their due-diligence online, the last thing you need is for your website to give off the message of being dirty, dark, stinky, unorganized, or out-dated. Instead you want them to feel you are very clean, fresh and organized. I have seen thousands of funeral home websites and here are a few from different providers and in different parts of the world that are doing things very well.
The International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association’s Educational Foundation awarded 14 scholarships for funeral professionals to attend ICCFA University, July 17-22 at the University of Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee.
Industry professionals will enjoy a wide range of valuable networking and educational opportunities as they attend the Cremation Association of North America (CANA) 97th Annual Cremation Innovation Convention. This event will feature business-building sessions as well as information on timely topics such as an inside look at body donation programs and the environmental impact of cremation. The CANA Convention will be held July 29-August 1 at the San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina in sun-drenched San Diego, CA.
Before Napoleon Bonaparte uttered his last words (“France, l’armée, tête d’armée, Joséphine”) and perished on the windswept island of Saint Helena at the age of 51, he reportedly treated himself to a feast. The exiled French leader scarfed down liver and bacon chops, sauteed kidneys in sherry, shirred eggs with cream, and garlic toast with roast tomatoes.
The International Order of the Golden Rule (OGR), the world’s leading professional association dedicated to making independent funeral homes exceptional, installed its 2015-2016 Board of Directors during the OGR 2015 Annual Conference and Supplier Showcase at the Marriott World Center in Orlando, FL on Saturday, April 25.
Life Celebration, Inc., a growing community of funeral homes that embraces a systematic approach to creating memorable and meaningful funeral experiences for families, has launched a new training platform for funeral home members. The learning program, which features highly engaging animation, has been unveiled only after extensive research and testing by the Life Celebration team.
FuneralTech continues to push the envelope with cutting edge web design by introducing all new Parallax designs. Parallax has been around for a while but we don’t see it very often in funeral service.