The 10 Top Stories of 2020
2020 was a year we don’t really want to remember, but unfortunately can never forget. We certainly had a lot of deathcare-related news to share here at Connecting Directors this year. Today we’re sharing our Top 10 Stories of 2020 as tabulated by the number of times each article was read. Perhaps not surprisingly, all but one of the most popular stories were NOT related to the pandemic. Instead, you enjoyed stories about real housewives, long-dead bank robbers, and the ever-amusing mushroom suit — and we can’t say we blame you! So with no further ado, here are the top Connecting Directors stories of this otherwise-dismal year. Enjoy!
There’s little doubt that former reality star Phaedra Parks thrives on drama. However, her comments about the impact of COVID on her funeral home’s call volume crossed a line for many readers.
Most deathcare professionals are well-versed in the FTC’s Funeral Rule — you could probably recite portions of it verbatim at this point. However, some folks could benefit from a cram session.
As Connecting Directors writer Diana Ionescu so succinctly states in this story, “Sometimes it pays to double-check” the work of coroners and medical examiners when you receive a body.
We’re grateful to John Flowers, CEO of Bass-Mollett, for taking the initiative to research, share, and update this list of resources for PPE in every state.
In February, Tennessee legislators introduced a bill that would allow people in a long list of professions — including deathcare — to operate without a license, registration, or certification. Luckily, the bill has not made any movement since we first broke the news.
The FBI’s one-time Public Enemy #1 is still a thorn in the side of lawmakers, even 86 years after his death. In February, Diana Ionescu shared this story of a court’s consideration of an unusual request from the family of bank robber John Dillenger.
This November we were stunned to learn the jaw-dropping value of deathcare technology when Tribute was auctioned off for $1 billion to high-bidders Carlyle and Vista.
This just proves that even in death Luke Perry can make anything seem cool.
Speaking of cool, who didn’t love this shout-out from multi-billionaire Mark Cuban in April?!
The Connecting Directors family was proud to share the news of this well-deserved award for our former editor and dear friend Justin Crowe’s innovative startup Parting Stone, which provides families a clean, touchable alternative to cremated remains.