There’s irony to the phrase, “funeral home office hours.” It is an oxymoron that isn’t difficult for most funeral professionals to recognize. The reality is, funeral homes operate on a 24/7, 365-day-a-year cycle that revolves around the needs of their community. Even when not physically present in the office, most directors spend a great deal of time on call speaking with families as well as clergy, vendors, florists and countless other contacts. The use of cellular communication is not only necessary…it is absolutely critical.
I’ve worked in the funeral profession for many years. But it wasn’t until recently that I trulyinternalized what it takes to create an amazing celebration of life… And I’ve got to hand it to you, it’s no easy task. No, it’s not about the products, the religion, the flowers or the burial. It’s about creating a complete experience that truly reflects the life lived and provides healing for everyone involved.
Most people are unaware of the wealth of information they can access by viewing their Facebook business page Insights. On the Insights tab are many helpful charts, graphs, and statistics from which you can learn about the engagement your page is achieving, which types of posts are the most popular, some basic demographics of the folks viewing your page, and the time of the day/week/month you are getting the most engagement…and it’s all free for the viewing!
It might sound a bit cliché — a creepy graveyard. I know, I know. It’s so grade B horror movie ridiculous. Oooorrrrr, it’s not and cemeteries can actually be haunting — or haunted, but that’s up to you. All I know is that I don’t care that Arlington National Cemetery has been called one of the most haunted sites in American, I still find it one of the most beautiful, humbling, and reverent places I have ever been.
Brad Rex, 55, is president and CEO of Foundation Partners Group, a company committed to changing how Americans think of and plan funerals. Rex, who was Vice President at EPCOT and held various leadership roles at Walt Disney World, applies his passion for storytelling to his work at FPG through what he calls ShareLife. This includes multi-sensory rooms.
Brad was recently interviewed by the Orland Sentinel about how Foundation Partners Group is using ShareLife to bring the Disney experience to funeral service. Below is an excerpt from that interview.
From getting hitched to saving the environment, here’s proof you can still be a busybody long after you kick the bucket. 1. GET MARRIED – Death is no obstacle when it comes to love in China. That’s because ghost marriage—the practice of setting up deceased relatives with suitable spouses, dead or alive—is still an option.
FrontRunner today announced the official kick-off date and complete workshop schedule for it’s new $1.6-million dollar 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.
No one really knows what happens right before you die. Maybe you see your entire life flash before your eyes. Or maybe you just have some pretty profound thoughts. Here are the final words of eight famous people which are as haunting as they are memorable.
Funeral directors may see hospice as competition, but this shouldn’t be the case. Developing a relationship with your local hospice can be a rewarding endeavor. In my conversations with funeral directors, I’ve come across several ways to connect with these end-of-life caretakers.
I remember my speech teacher giving me a book and the Elliot quote was on the first page. I have never forgotten it probably because at the age of nine it took me at least three minutes to sound out the word ‘perseverance’. HA! I had no idea how often I would return to the quote over the next 19 years.