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.
Today I answer the popular question of what Facebook’s organic reach is, as well as why Facebook limits the number of people that see your content.
Virtually everyone has used Internet Explorer (IE) at some point in their online life. Some cringe at the very mention of it from the nightmares the browser has made them deal with. Others are quite content with the browser and perhaps have never known nothing else. No matter what side of the fence you sit on, you’ve no doubt had an experience with the internet browser. Today those experiences may be cut short as Microsoft has made some large announcements concerning the future of the company’s browser.
I always feel tremendous joy when I meet an authentically passionate funeral director. I can literally feel the commitment they have made to help families create meaningful funeral experiences. Please ask yourself: Am I passionate about funeral service? Passion for a profession evolves from commitment. How does your commitment create passion for funeral service? It’s the conscious intent of committing yourself to something you believe in that kindles your natural excitement, enthusiasm and devotion.
The International Order of the Golden Rule (OGR), the world’s leading professional association dedicated to serving independent funeral homes, is excited to announce its first ever Young Professionals Event to be held in Austin. “We are looking forward to hosting up and coming funeral professionals from around the country,” said Jessica Smith, Assistant Executive Director for OGR. “We hope that this event will become an annual affair and will foster new relationships for the next generation of funeral service professionals.
In this episode we talk with Brad Rex, CEO of Foundation Partners Group, about changes in the funeral profession, multi-sensory funerals and what FPG looks for when acquiring funeral homes. Brad also presents a challenge where the winner receives a spectacular bottle of wine. Please watch for more details!
Funeral Service Insider recently launched a marketing survey to glean insights on how funeral homes are marketing their products and services. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete, and the results will be reported in a future issue of the Funeral Service Insider. “We’re hoping to get as many people as possible to respond to the survey, as it will provide our readers with some tremendous insights on how funeral homes are approaching marketing, including what they are doing right and where they’re falling short,”