4 Ways To Think Outside The Box When Honoring A Loved One

“I was supposed to live to be 102 and be shot by a jealous husband,” one man’s tombstone reads. Another’s says, “Here lies an atheist. All dressed up and no place to go.” And a psychic’s reads, “I knew this would happen.” It’s not disrespectful to be creative, even funny, when dealing with end of […]

5 Ways That Photos Help Honor And Share A Loved One’s Life Story

Funerals and photographs go hand-in-hand. Why? Because a funeral is all about sharing memories, reflecting back on important life moments, and telling the stories that make up a full and happy life. And that’s what photos do best. As the popular saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. So when people close to […]

6 Ways to Enhance Your Funeral Services with “Celebration Stations”

The primary goal of a funeral service is to pay respect to a meaningful life lived, and to offer an opportunity for comfort and closure to grieving family and friends. Without a doubt, your services are a beautiful and important way for people to honor loved ones, but the celebration of life shouldn’t start and […]

5 Amazing Ways Videos and Photos Help Your Families Heal

When you work in the funeral profession, you often get asked the same kind of question from family and friends who are fascinated by our jobs: “How do you cope with people grieving every day? Isn’t it depressing?” While most people think of funerals as a time of mourning, grieving or sadness, funeral professionals know […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

How To Handle #FuneralSelfies (And Other Modern Funeral Marvels)

Social media has taken over… well, everything. Forget the days of email, or heaven forbid, snail mail. Now when you want to share something, you tweet it out to the world, put it on Facebook, post a picture on Instagram, or upload it to your Snapchat feed. After all, as the 2015 online mantra goes, […]