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,”
Nothing is certain in life but death and taxes. What isn’t certain, though, is how much that death is going to cost you. The Huffington Post took a dive into the industry that provides nearly everyone’s final rite of passage and came up with some interesting facts:
Lately, on Facebook, I’ve seen a number of posts relating to the idea that it would be hard to go, even for a short while, without some sort of immediate connection to the “outside” social media world. One image shows a simple house, presumably in a very remote location, with the caption “Would you spend one month in this house, with no smartphone or Wi-Fi, for a million dollars?” Here’s another one making the rounds:
Foundation Partners Group (FPG), a leading provider of innovative funeral, cemetery and cremation experiences and products, has announced the promotion of industry veteran Jim Ford to the position of Senior Vice President, Chief Customer Officer. In this role, Ford will be responsible for implementing FPG’s customer experience programs – from customer service strategies to operations excellence initiatives for the FPG funeral homes and cemeteries. The position was formerly held by Justin Baxley, who was recently promoted to the position of Senior Vice President of Business Development at FPG.
Many of us get up day after day and night after night to juggle the many hats which make up the work we call “funeral directing.” This line of work is very different than most and it is not often easy. It seems to me, however, that we are not limited to the hats we wear. We put our bodies, minds, and very souls into the work we do. Sometimes, quite literally, we put our backs into it as well. From our heads to our toes, our investments are of great importance for many as they walk through the deep pain of loss.
Many have written about sharing their loss on Facebook, but rarely do we get to hear from someone as close to the company as Sheryl Sandberg. She recently opened up to the NY POST. What I appreciate most about her interview is that she reiterates what I have always believed; although Facebook is incredibly helpful at the time of loss, it it is crucial to have ongoing support.
The National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) is giving young funeral professionals another opportunity to learn from three of the profession’s top funeral directors and network with like-minded peers. Entries for NFDA’s eighth Meet the Mentors event must be submitted by midnight CST January 15, 2016. Meet the Mentors will take place March 13-15 at Emory Conference Center Hotel, which is located on the campus of Emory University, in Atlanta, Georgia. Meet the Mentors is held in cooperation with the Funeral Service Foundation