For funeral directors, there is perhaps no sentence sweeter or easier on the ears than, “I’m here to pre-plan my funeral.” (Ahh, just say it to yourself a couple times… brings a smile to your face, doesn’t it?)
When Michael McQueen’s father died suddenly from a heart attack in 2004, the author discovered the true significance of written memories.Heartbroken at losing his confidant, a then 22-year-old Michael was shattered at having never asked his father some of the most important questions in life.
To commemorate the 45th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22, 2015, Urns In Style, a leading provider of museum-quality cremation urns for people and pets, has launched a donation campaign that will run until April 30, 2015.
Tuesday was the day Google began globally rolling out it’s mobile-friendly update (many have called this #mobilegeddon).
If your site’s pages aren’t mobile-friendly, there may be a significant decrease in mobile traffic from Google Search.
Doing Well a Thing That Is Well Worth Doing: The Best Way to Serve The Community is to Forget The Community and Serve The Work
“There is, in fact, a paradox about working to serve the community, and it is this: that to aim directly at serving the community is to falsify the work; the only way to serve the community is to forget the community and serve the work.”
The non-conventional conversation among this particular crowd (vendors) was that “second tier” organizations should consider events with exhibits such as these perhaps every other year. The cost to attend, lack of ROI, and dwindling attendance is going to force some tough decisions in the future from a vendor participation perspective.
The long-standing tradition here and around the country created a stable, generational customer base and a thriving industry even in economically distressed inner cities. And it propelled the black funeral director to reverential status. Sherman L. Walker, who opened a parlor on Clinton Street in 1927, is considered Buffalo’s first black millionaire, and also was the area’s first black elected official.
But Jackson broke with that tradition when her nephew was killed in 2009. Her family went to Lombardo Funeral Home – a white firm – for his arrangements.
In the healthiest sense possible, Heather Lende has an intimate relationship with death.
She is the longtime obituary writer in her small Alaska hometown of Haines, having memorialized some 400 departed locals, neighbors, friends. She volunteers at the hospice center, and had her own close brush with oblivion. Ten years ago, Lende was hit by a truck while bicycling; the vehicle ran over her torso and crushed her pelvis. She was lucky to survive.
Funerals, like writing online reviews of goods and services, are for the living. The dead don’t care that the funeral director was late, they don’t care the hearse had a dented fender, and they don’t care that the cemetery was closed for lunch. (Seriously. Who knew?)
During the Annual ICCFA Convention this past week, Tukios introduced a new feature that eliminates the tedious task of scanning photos for tribute videos. Families can now upload their pictures directly to the funeral home to be used in the video. As many families already have digital archives of their photos this is a much more convenient way for them to contribute their photos to the memorial video. The funeral home retains control of the video but saves the funeral director a significant amount of time.