Have You Taken a Walk In Your Client Families’ Shoes Lately?

When’s the last time you took a walk in your client families’ shoes? This might sound like a silly question for some people. But taking on the perspective of your client families’ is one of the most important things you can do for your business… especially in a world where tradition and “the old way […]

My WORST Experience At a Funeral Home (And What Funeral Directors Can Learn From It)

No one realizes how hard it is to plan a funeral. Especially when it’s  someone you saw just yesterday. Someone of your blood. Someone you truly love. The messiness of the loss alone was already enough to fill my entire body with stress, weighing me down like a ton of bricks. But little did I […]

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11 Hilarious Misconceptions About The Funeral Industry

If I had a nickel for every time someone assumed something hilariously awful about the funeral profession, I’d be swimming in a pool of money with a top shelf margarita in my hand. Ok, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration. But, it’s no secret that a career in the funeral profession is very different […]

9 Alternative (And Effective) Ways to Help Families Grieve

I just recently had to watch a close friend of mine grieve the death of her 1-year-old son. It was just about one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to watch. The death wasn’t completely unexpected. The little boy had suffered from a rare disease that kept him hospitalized almost the entirety of his […]

Say NO To Busy: 11 Self Care & Productivity Tips For Funeral Pros

The architecture of how we live our lives is badly in need of renovation and repair. What we really value is out of sync with how we live our lives. And the need is urgent for some new blueprints to reconcile the two. — Arianna Huffington It goes without saying that everyone in the funeral […]

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 […]

Here’s What Happens When You Try To Plan Your Funeral At Age 25

Planning your own funeral is easier said than done. Heck, even thinking about it is hard to force yourself to do. But after conquering my fear of death throughout the last three years as a blogger in the funeral service industry, I decided it was time to put some thought into my own funeral. After […]

3 Lessons Writing About Death Has Taught Me About Life

I spent most of my childhood being terrified of death. I can remember laying in bed when I was younger, feeling my heart swell in my chest every time the thought of death even crossed my mind. Most nights, I’d end up jumping out of bed and running to my parent’s bedroom because I simply […]

5 Questions You Should Ask Yourself To Be Successful In 2015

Despite the cliche nature of New Years resolutions, the New Year really is the perfect time to evaluate, reflect, and set goals for yourself. After all, it does signify a new chapter and new beginnings, so why not embrace the inspiring nature it brings? But before you go setting any goals for 2015, I want […]

6 Things Funeral Directors Are Dying To Tell You (But Never Will)

I have to admit, when I first entered the funeral service world three years ago, I was a little weary of funeral directors. After all, everything I read and saw about them shined a negative light on them. But after spending the last three years getting to know them personally, I can easily say that […]