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No, I’m Not Gothic… And 4 More Assumptions Families Have About Funeral Professionals

I’ve been working in the funeral profession for a while now. When I’m not writing for funeralOne’s blog, I also travel around the country speaking with funeral directors and professionals at local conferences, and spend most of my days learning and writing about the millions of passionate people that make up this profession. And let […]
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4 Ways To Help Your Families Celebrate Life AFTER The Funeral

The other day, while strolling through the Zilker Park Botanical Gardens in Austin, I found a beautiful bench that I had probably overlooked a hundred times before. At first glance – and to the average stroller – this bench might not have seemed so special. But on this particular day, the sun was shining just […]
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Impress Your Families (And Become A Funeral Flower CHAMPION) With These Facts

I have a lot of respect for funeral professionals. After heading up funeralOne’s The Sympathy Store for six years, I still have not found the perfect formula of what to say when it comes to personal loss. Do you offer words of sympathy? Do you try to relate to the person’s grief? Sometimes it’s just […]

4 Tips For Kicking Butt In The Funeral Profession (That You Didn’t Learn In Mortuary School)

Nothing is better than finding your passion in life. For some people, this might be a desire to express your creativity through art or music, or to help people better themselves through education or teaching. But for those in the funeral profession, the journey towards a career full of passion is a little bit different.Maybe […]

What A GREAT Funeral Home Website Can Do For Your Local Business

Funeral professionals often have a pretty special relationship with their local communities. If you’re like many other privately owned funeral homes, you’ve likely been in the area for many generations. You live alongside the people that come in and out of your funeral home, you know a lot of the families you work with personally, […]
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How Becoming A Funeral Celebrant Transformed My Funeral Home

This article is a guest post written by Kristan McNames, CFSP, Certified Funeral Celebrant, and owner of Grace Funeral & Cremation Services in Rockford, Illinois.As a funeral director I’ve planned and have been present at what seems like a million funerals. I’ve cringed when the open mic (“Hey, come share a memory with the family”) […]
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How To Market Cremation In A Way That Will Change Your Business

Here in the funeral profession, we have a lot of, uh… passionate feelings about cremation. Many families come into a funeral home totally uneducated about what a funeral service can provide them and clueless about what options they have. So, they choose the cheapest option they’re presented with – direct cremation. Viewing service before the […]
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What Tragedy Taught Us About Creating The Ultimate Healing Experience

I’ve worked in the funeral profession for many years. But it wasn’t until recently that I truly internalized what it takes to create an amazing celebration of life… And I’ve got to hand it to you, it’s no easy task. No, it’s not about the products, the religion, the flowers or the burial. It’s about […]

Honoring America’s Military Funeral Professionals This 4th of July

The 4th of July holiday has long been a summer favorite for many across the proud Red, White and Blue. For most people, this long holiday weekend means the chance to grill out with friends and family, light off some celebratory fireworks, and honor the country that we all know and love. But for those […]

4 Tips For Hosting The Non-Religious, Meaningful Service Families Want

When you are a part of a profession that is heavily rooted in tradition, it’s hard to step away from the classic way that you’ve always done things. Funeral professionals know this, perhaps better than anyone.We try to help families find comfort and healing through a service filled with meaningful traditions… a spiritual hymn that […]