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Top 20 Most Read Funeral Articles of 2014

December 29, 2014

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Top 20 Most Read Funeral Articles of 2014

We covered a lot of content in 2014. We had content about funeral fashion, 10 reasons to date a funeral director, $18.75 million litigation settlements and even another nude casket calendar! But what articles were read the most by visitors?


Below are 20 most read articles for 2014:


Controversial Post About The Inconvenience of A Funeral Procession Gets A Rebuttal Article

My attention was drawn to your blog post entitled “Funeral Processions Should be Outlawed,” which originally appeared on The challenge to funeral service is clearly stated in the author’s opening line: “I’ve never understood the reasons behind the funeral procession.” So, here we have a clear statement of the problem.

150 Things Most Consumers Don’t Know A Funeral Director Does

A number of years ago, I heard a quote I liked and have often used: “If you don’t toot your own horn, someone will use it as a spittoon.” More, shall I say, mature readers will know what a spittoon is, but the younger funeral directors might have to look it up.I did not take this quote to mean bragging or boasting. Rather, in regard to funeral service, I believe it could be interpreted to mean truthfully explaining to or educating a person, group, community or the public in general about:

Elderly Couple Took The Same Picture Every Season, Then It All Changed

During each season, this couple took a photo together in front of their house. In the resulting series of images below, without saying anything at all, a love story is being told. It’s full of hope, joy, fear and loss, but it’s told in the most unique way. You’ll see what we mean – and then you’ll be moved by it.

New Ride In China Theme Park Simulates What It Feels Like to Be Cremated

A RIDE which simulates a crematorium has been flooded with crowds wanting to experience the after life. The 4D Death Simulator at the Window Of The World theme park has opened just in time for Halloween.

28 Funeral Directors On The Craziest Thing To Happen To Them At Work

“Had a family member pull a pistol on me during arrangements because he thought the cost was too high on the casket he had chosen!!”

10 Reasons Why You Should Not Hire This Company

I have a passion for funeral directors and funeral service – even though I am not a funeral director, I have the utmost respect for you. I have dedicated the last 9 years of my life building a platform and business around helping funeral professionals embrace change and I become very sensitive and overly passionate when I see other companies profiting off funeral directors who don’t know any better – your lack of knowledge becomes your biggest enemy.

3 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before Becoming a Funeral Director

Funeral directors are prone to burnout. That’s what I learned in my college health class as I sat there studying ways to protect my own mental and physical health as I began my journey as a funeral professional.

Batesville Settles Litigation With Matthews International for $18.75 Million

Under the terms of the settlement, Batesville will pay Matthews $17 million in one lump sum payment and will also pay an additional $1.75 million for attorney fees of Harry and Scott Pontone, for a total settlement value of $18.75 million.

When A Dove Release Goes Terribly Wrong

There isn’t much to say about this video except, this isn’t good for business. #dovefail

Ten Solid Reasons to Date a Funeral Director

10. A funeral director knows how to stretch a dollar so far beyond capacity that extreme couponers would be seething with envy.

Here is What The Internet’s Most Famous Female Funeral Director Wears to Work

She runs one of the top funeral director blogs, recently got married and isn’t afraid to wear mustard yellow…which she totally nails! She is one of the most talked about (in a good way) female funeral directors in the profession and she is sharing some fashion wisdom for other female funeral directors.

Genesis Casket Company Ceases All Operations and Shuts Down

The news of the shutdown was delivered to employees on a conference call Tuesday by members of the Genesis executive team and board members from Genesis’ parent company Gestamp Corporation.

Polish Casket Company Releases 2015 Nude Calender, Also Features Clothed Men

The 2015 calendar for Lindner features black and white photos of women lying on, sitting on or standing beside coffins. Sometimes, fully dressed men also appear in the pictures. The company is the largest producer of coffins in Poland, making more than 11,000 each month, which are sold throughout Europe.

13 People Who Took Their Sense Of Humor To The Grave … And Beyond

It’s great to have a sense of humor about life, but what might be even better is taking your sense of humor with you into the great beyond. And for these people, though their time on this planet has ended, their ability to joke about it has not.

12 Smartphone Tricks Every Funeral Director Should Try

Smartphones are designed with all sorts of neat hidden features you might not have discovered yet. We understand that funeral directors have busy, hectic lives and might not have time to explore all the different tools and settings available on their phone.

Why Genesis Casket Company Shutting Down is Bad For The Funeral Profession

The news broke yesterday on Connecting Directors about Genesis Casket Company closing it’s doors. I read comments from various people in the funeral industry touting their opinions regarding the company’s poor leadership and conjecture why the company failed. Let’s take a different view at why a casket company going out of business at this point and time in our history is really bad news especially for the funeral industry.

“Embalming Surprises: Tales of the Preparation Room”

I recently took my car to a local mechanic for a routine check-up. As most people do, I dropped the car off and asked the mechanic to call me at work once he was finished. Well, one hour later, he called and reported that I needed new rotors and brake pads. I paused for a minute and pondered what he told me. At that point, I responded and said, “Go ahead and replace the front rotors.” He said he would; however, he went on to say—“There is more!” By this time, my body started to instantly tense up and a wave of emotion started to overtake me.

Funeral Director Responds to ’13 Things a Funeral Director Won’t Tell You’

I received a link on my Facebook page about the 13 things your Funeral Director won’t tell you. The article from Reader’s Digest is, I am sure, to generate the conversation about the “bad funeral director”, and there are some. Below are the 13 items from the Reader’s Digest article, and my response to each item.

15 Things You Didn’t Know about the Dead

Do you know it all?

The Fading Funeral Home

Now don’t misunderstand, dying will not disappear, which means there will be a role for funeral people to do something in the future. But the middle class has disappeared and it was the middle class that made funeral homes as we have known them possible.