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.”
People commonly rent cars, movies, tools and tuxedos. But caskets and cremation urns? Today we can rent those, too. With people choosing to live more simply, individuals want end of life plans to be simple, as well. No longer is it a must to purchase and own everything. Most funeral homes today will rent or provide a temporary casket or urn for ashes for use at a memorial service. You can rent an elaborate, traditional casket for a fraction of what it would cost to purchase one.
Legacy.com, the Internet’s leader in obituaries and related services, announces the successful close of its first Give to Remember Event. Participating charities began fundraising on Giving Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015 and continued outreach in partnership with Legacy.com for the full calendar month. 13 charities in total participated in the month-long Give to Remember campaign, raising $167,000 including $50,000 in matching funds from Legacy.com. “Legacy.com helps charities raise memorial funds every day in supporting traditional giving from obituaries. This event was an opportunity for us to double up our support for our inspirational charity partners as we remember the people who made a difference in our lives,” shares Steve Parrott, President and CEO of Legacy.com
The International Order of the Golden Rule (OGR), the world’s leading professional association dedicated to serving the professional needs of independent funeral homes, is pleased to announce that the OGR Foundation is now accepting applications for its Awards of Excellence Scholarship Program. Applications are due by February 29, 2016.