Funeral homes across the country are trying to hunt down new staff as North America faces a shortage of trained professionals and a wave of retirements loom, according to funeral home directors in Cape Breton. In Port Hawkesbury, John Green, a funeral home director and vice president of the Funeral Service Association of Canada, is feeling the pinch.
The National Funeral Directors Association Recognizes ASD – Answering Service for Directors with the 2015 NFDA Innovation Award
The National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) presented ASD – Answering Service for Directors with the 2015 NFDA Innovation Award during the association’s International Convention & Expo, which is being held October 18-21 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The company was recognized for its product MobileFH™. Funeral directors often have to enter information about a decedent and his or her family in multiple places. ASD’s MobileFH™ is the first telecommunication solution that enables funeral professionals who rely on mobile phones to control their outgoing Caller ID without the need for an Internet connection.
Passare®, the industry’s only cloud-based funeral arrangement and collaboration platform, recently announced the launch of a new website designed for funeral service providers at provider.passare.com. “Passare’s consumer-facing website offers many tools and resources for families, but has been deficient in information for providers who may wish to learn more about Passare’s SaaS-based platform,”
Preserving dead bodies for a living might seem weird or creepy or depressing. “But it’s actually one of the most rewarding jobs in the world,” says John “Jack” Mitchell IV, a sixth generation funeral director and embalmer. After graduating from Lehigh University with a bachelor’s in business management in 1993, Mitchell returned home to start serving his apprenticeship at his family’s funeral home while attending the Mortuary Science program at Catonsville Community College outside of Baltimore.
DISRUPT Media has a passion for the funeral profession, it is our mission to change the culture of how funeral homes and consumers connect and share. That is why we never stop educating ourselves. Thursday members of the DISRUPT Media content team are attending Boost Your Business by Facebook in Boston.
Service Corporation International’s California Cemeteries Lead Change to Simplify Conservation Efforts
Service Corporation International SCI, -0.18% whose affiliates comprise North America’s largest provider of funeral and cemetery services, has been dedicated to reducing water usage at its affiliated California cemeteries with efforts to streamline water efficiencies for all cemeteries around the state for nearly a decade. SCI’s Rose Hills Memorial Park, one of the largest cemeteries in the United States, began using recycled water in 1997 and has been instrumental in getting legislation to provide an incentive for cemeteries around the state to use recycled water for irrigation and landscaping.
The Funeral Service Foundation welcomes Danelle O’Neill as its new Executive Director. O’Neill fills a vacancy created by Kathy Wisnefksi’s departure in March to join the National Alliance for Grieving Children. The selection was made after a national search and selection process completed by the Foundation’s board of trustees and the National Funeral Directors Association.
Life Celebration, Inc completes first website build for Heald and Chiampa Funeral Directors in Shrewsbury, MA.
Delving into new ventures is not unusual for Life Celebration, Inc. The company that specializes in producing customized printed products and the creation of funeral experiences for funeral homes nationwide and in Canada entered into the funeral home website arena earlier this month. The site was created for Life Celebration Community member Heald & Chiampa Funeral Directors. The new website was completely customized in content and design.
There’s a lot of talk about change and adaption here in the funeral profession. And by now, we’re sure that you’ve seen it for yourself… the families that walk into your funeral homes are changing every day, and growing to meet their changing needs is no longer something to consider ﹘ it’s a requirement.
Foundation Partners Group (FPG), a leading provider of innovative funeral, cemetery and cremation experiences and products, has announced that Erin Whitaker has joined the organization as Senior Director, Operations Integration. In her position, Whitaker will utilize her skills and experience in the areas of operations and process improvement at each of the FPG funeral home and cemetery locations. In addition, she will lead the implementation of key business and customer experience initiatives at FPG.