The families of 114 fallen first responders were served in 2015 by Commemorating First Responders®, a philanthropic program of Wilbert Funeral Services, Inc. (WFSI) and its Licensees. Through the program Wilbert and its Licensees throughout the United States and Canada were honored to donate burial vaults, urns, and a graveside service to first responders who died in the line of duty.
FrontRunner today announced the 2016 schedule of events for the new FrontRunner Technology Center. The center represents FrontRunner’s ongoing commitment to set a higher standard, and provides all the tools and resources to help funeral professionals truly excel in today’s market. The new state-of-the-art 6,500 square foot facility features monthly two-day sessions for FrontRunner clients and those looking to learn more about FrontRunner’s technology and marketing services to learn in-person, the unique and comprehensive offerings of the FrontRunner solutions.
There are many scenarios that require funeral directors to quickly access data from the past. In an effort to help their clients easily locate information, ASD – Answering Service for Directors recently updated the ASD Mobile app and myASD.com website to include an enhanced message archive and search tool. These added features allow directors to easily find old messages, call recordings and dispatch logs. Directors can look up information by searching for a name, phone number, or any other detail from the call.
Have you committed to stepping up your hustle in 2016? With a new year upon us #thefuneralcommander and #KIDsocial have made a declaration to #FNhustle and push for #FNchange in the funeral profession. This week we talk with Steve Zittle, CEO of G2 Funeral Group. After listening to this interview you will hear why we use Steve as our poster boy for #FNhustle. Don’t miss our Spotlight on a Funeral Director and a fresh WTF segment.
Thacker Caskets announces the release of iArrange 2.0, an advanced version of their revolutionary virtual showroom interface that arranges and displays caskets. iArrange 2.0 ads a new dimension to the already user friendly portal and now allows online ordering , global price changing, greater search functionality and the option for funeral homes to display urns along with caskets. Staying current with the ever-changing industry trends and listening to customers’ needs and suggestions has helped improve the online platform to meet the current needs of funeral homes and the families they serve.
Aurora Casket Company’s president and CEO is leaving for another company.
Quinn became Aurora Casket’s chief executive officer in 2012 when the company was purchased by Kohlberg from the Backman and Barrott families, which had owned Aurora Casket since it was founded in 1890.
Death is an uncomfortable subject for many folks. Perhaps it’s the severe emotional reaction people have to death — especially if it’s someone close — that makes the living act in bizarre ways. Or, maybe it’s because death’s process is not well understood that causes normally rational individuals to believe in irrational concepts.
Death is terrifying, so why not make it exhilarating instead? That’s the purpose of the “Euthanasia Coaster,” a giant big-dipper design aimed at taking its passengers through a series of extreme drops and loops that would create euphoria and then kill them by starving the brain of oxygen.
New Winners Selected for Second-Career Scholarship from Selected Independent Funeral Homes’ Educational Trust
Selected Independent Funeral Homes’ Educational Trust has announced two new recipients of the Second-Career Scholarship in the amount of $1,500 each. The winners are Vandra Michele Fields of New Orleans, LA and James (Kevin) Veal of Queen Creek, AZ. The scholarship was created to meet the educational needs of the increasing number of second-career professionals entering independent funeral service seeking positions as funeral directors and future leaders.
WANT a better 2016? Try thinking more about your impending demise. Years ago on a visit to Thailand, I was surprised to learn that Buddhist monks often contemplate the photos of corpses in various stages of decay. The Buddha himself recommended corpse meditation. “This body, too,” students were taught to say about their own bodies, “such is its nature, such is its future, such its unavoidable fate.”