Your Ultimate Cheat Sheet For Green Funeral Terms

There’s a lot of excitement out there about environmentally-friendly death options and simpler after-death care practices. And there is also a great deal of confusion. Pick just about any online article or webpage that tries to explain the phenomenon of home funeral, green burials, or any combination of the two, and you’ll quickly get buried […]

The Business of Doing Business, According To The Funeral Commander

This article is going to be different from the typical posts you will find here. I’m not going to discuss how to attract baby boomers, create a more meaningful funeral, why you should serve cucumber water at visitations, create memorial videos reminiscent of the Harry Potter series, or the trials and tribulations of the funeral […]

5 Common Myths That Families (& Funeral Pros) Have About Green Burials

  I’ve heard just about every myth and misconception about green burial that you can think of. For example, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked, “Doesn’t green burial pollute the groundwater?” or, “Isn’t there some state law against that?” But our families aren’t the only ones who are sometimes in the […]

How To Conquer The Elusive Funeral Professional Work / Life Balance

As funeral service professionals, we are called upon to offer the best of ourselves during the worst times by the families that we serve… but at what cost? Over the years, the number one complaint that I have heard from funeral service professionals can be paraphrased to encompass “I love what I do and I […]

Guest Post: 3 Things You Might Not Know About Pregnancy Loss Parents

In April 2013, I joined the club that no parent ever wants to be a part of: those touched directly by pregnancy loss. At nearly seven months pregnant, my husband and I lost our first child – a daughter named Lena Grace – for reasons that, despite thorough follow-up testing, remain unknown. Three months later, […]

The Business or The Service: The Chicken or The Egg of the Funeral Profession

So which was it? Did the egg produce the first chicken or did the chicken lay the first egg? Does the service create the opportunity for a funeral business or does the funeral business create the opportunity to serve? Stop and think for just a minute. Without the ministry, community outreach and the service to […]

Guest Post: How To Give Families The Support They Need After A Suicide Death

One phone call can change your day, your calling, and your purpose as a professional. As a funeral director, there are likely one or two families that you will remember forever. Perhaps it was the first death call you handled on your own as a new licensee. Maybe it was a death of a family […]

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The Life Of A Funeral Director… From Head To Toe

Many of us get up day after day and night after night to juggle the many hats which make up the work we call “funeral directing.” This line of work is very different than most and it is not often easy. It seems to me, however, that we are not limited to the hats we […]

Guest Post: How To Deliver A Christmas Memorial Service That Families Will Remember

For those who have lost family or friends during the past year, Christmas will be a time of reflection and remembrance.  For those of us who have supported our families and friends during their grief and sadness, it will be a time to celebrate the resilience of the human spirit. Christmas in Australia falls during […]

Never Let Opportunity Pass You By – Guest Post By Thomas Parmalee

I was recently at a funeral industry convention when I ran into a familiar problem: Between attending educational sessions, networking with funeral professionals and manning our booth, I had to cram in some time to recharge so I could continue working. (That meant eating.) Fortunately, there was some food available on the convention floor, but […]