My Facebook page is starting to see timeline activity related to the #IceBucketChallenge. Why me? My father died from ALS on February 27, 2014, at the age of 63. Surely everyone knows by now that this is the push to raise awareness of what ALS is (do you know what ALS stands for?) and to raise money to fund research to move this disease into a state of real life-extending progress.
Welcome to the first installment of our new Friday Finds: Funeral Industry Blog Roundup series, where we’ll be sharing the “best of the best” funeral profession blog posts found across the web. Hope you enjoy the collection of articles!
The National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) has released a Spanish-language translation of the popular “Art of Facial Reconstruction” (“El Arte del Reconstrucción Facial”) textbook by Gary Sokoll. This is the second Spanish-language translation of a technical skills textbook that NFDA has published
In 1985, the Cremation Association of North America conducted an urn-capacity study, the results of which suggested that the average volume of cremated remains for an adult was 200 cubic inches. In response, many urn companies re-created their styles to meet the new industry standard.
eff Kidwiler, CCE, CSE, vice president of Heritage Park, Metro Manila, Philippines, was appointed to serve a two-year term as chancellor of ICCFA University. ICCFA University is considered the flagship educational conference that the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association holds annually.
Sometimes, even in death, the best person to get the job done is yourself. We figure that’s what led Margaret (Marge) Aitken Holcombe to write her own obituary, and when reader Pam Gallagher sent it to our attention, we had to agree that this was The Best Obit. Ever. Many thanks to The Island Funeral Home in Hilton Head Island, S.C., for its permission to publish this.
The ICCFA is pleased to present its members and meeting attendees with a smartphone application that allows you to have the ICCFA available at your fingertips 24/7/365.
The ICCFA app primarily contains “guidebooks” built around the association’s four large annual conferences
Death is natural, but modern burial is definitely not: Every year, more than 90,000 tons of steel and 4 million acres of trees are used to build coffins in the U.S., and more than 750,000 gallons of formaldehyde is used in embalming, so bodies can’t naturally decompose. Cremation requires a heavy dose of fossil fuels.
It’s no secret that life expectancy in the U.S. is trending upward. A person born today can expect to live eight years longer than someone born in the 1970s. But there’s another trend you might not know about–and it’s related not to what happens while we’re alive, but rather to what happens to our bodies after we die.
The Threshold Choir brings music to those on the threshold of life — people who are dying. The first group started about a decade and a half ago. Now there are choirs in 120 cities, and even a few countries.