obituaries

Why Standard Obituaries As We Know Them Are Dead

Obituaries have always been an essential part of the funeral process… families contact your funeral home after a loved one passes away, you begin working together to plan out the details of the service, you write out the obituary, and then you host the funeral. It’s just how things have always been done. But do […]

funeral traditions

5 Ancient Funeral Traditions The Funeral Profession Needs To Let Go Of

We’re hard-pressed to think of a profession so deeply rooted in tradition and age-old customs as funeral service. Don’t get me wrong… no one’s denying the power and pomp of tradition, and there are many traditional customs that we carry forth today because they have inherent and undeniable value. But when it comes to setting […]

celebration

How To Bring Storytelling And Celebration Back Into The Funeral Home

As I walk into the funeral home for my friend’s visitation, I take a deep breath. I lock arms with a friend, and we begin to do the same visitation dance that hundreds of other mourners had already done that day. Hug the people who’ve gathered out in the hallways, desperate to escape the unfamiliarity […]

funeral professionals

How Funerals Professionals Can Go From The Underdog To The Hero

Recently I’ve read several articles, seen countless videos and overheard numerous conversations questioning the value of the services provided by the funeral industry and the integrity of its professionals. Due to the emotional and taboo nature of our business, little is known about what it is that we actually do, why we do it, and […]

funeral home owner

5 Ideas You Can Steal To Become A Better Funeral Home Owner

“[Anything] can be mastered if you’re willing to put in the time and energy.” Tony Robbins Are you are a funeral home owner looking for some inspiration to take your business to the next level? Or even a funeral home manager looking to up your business game? Or perhaps you’re an entrepreneur looking to get […]

labor day

5 Unexpected Ways Labor Day Can Make Your Funeral Home More Successful

Ahhh, Labor Day. A time for grillin, chillin, and connecting with your families, positioning yourself as a leader in your community. “Wait, what?” is probably what you’re thinking. And that’s OK!. That’s why we’re here… to tell you how you can use Labor Day (and all holidays just like it) to create a unique relationship […]

celebratory poems

15 Celebratory Poems & Readings To Use At Your Next Funeral

A 2014 survey by the Pew Research Center found that 22.8 percent of Americans consider themselves unaffiliated with a traditional faith, claiming to be either atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular.” While the majority of living Americans declare a religious association or identity, there’s still a significant and growing portion who don’t participate in a […]

pre-plan

If Funerals Are For The Living, Why Should Families Pre-Plan?

There are a number of definitive “best practices” out there that funeral directors swear by when it comes to planning funerals. Whether it’s a piece of advice, a rule they’ve created, or even a tried-and-true method they’ve developed over the years, they are dead set that their way is the only way… that is, until […]

pinterest

10 Personalization Ideas That Will Help You Create A Pinterest-Worthy Funeral Celebration

  After spending any amount of time in the funeral profession, a few things become clear: A strong team can accomplish anything, everyone feels grief in different ways, and a personalized funeral or memorial service is one of the biggest and most frequent requests families have when making arrangements for a loved one… More and […]

funeral directors

Five Great Pieces of Advice Funeral Directors Can Give AFTER The Funeral

As a funeral director, you help families through what may be the most difficult days of their life. But in many cases, after the final service or burial, you part ways and may not see each other again unless they ask you to handle the funeral of another loved one. But while your part might […]