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President Trump — brother’s funeral held at the White House

  Last week I came across this article from USA Today and I also saw news reports about President Trump’s brother, Robert Trump, who had died and his funeral services were held at the White House.  The article mentions that White House funerals are rare. It seems that when dignitaries die and there is a wake or visitation of State proportions, the body lies in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, not the White House. Just reading that White House […]

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Weekend edition: Kenya mortician, Idaho’s first Veterans’ Cemetery, the oldest cremation, and more

Another summer week has passed here in Minnesota and I’m already starting to think about not playing golf and just getting out to the fish house on a frozen lake.  Well, while I ponder that unwelcome turn of events to come, I will give you some great articles to read and ponder on over the weekend. First of all, we will tell you about Eva Ngima, a female mortician in Kenya who “who works to restore honor to the dead […]

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Afternoon edition: News you can use. . . NFDA election and more

In this press release from the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) we learned that Chris E. Christian and Beatrice “Bea” Lewanduski were elected to serve two-year terms on the NFDA Board of Directors.  According to the press release Christian is the co-owner of Christian-Sells Funeral Home in Rogersville, Tennessee.  The release also states that Lewanduski has been a funeral director for 43 years and currently serves as manager of D’Andrea Brothers Funeral Home in Copiague, New York. Our afternoon edition […]

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Afternoon edition: lots of news. . . finance, cemetery, coroner race, funeral home sold, more

As we head not only into the weekend but into the month of August, we found lots of interesting stories for our readers.  And, they are from all over the world. . .from preneed insurance in New Zealand, to public company finances in Great Britain, and back to the good old U.S.A. with stories ranging from a body potentially buried in the wrong spot to a coroner’s race pitting two funeral directors against each other. Read the stories. . . […]

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Afternoon edition: Funeral director becomes WNBA’s all-time leading rebounder

We’ve got plenty of stories to tell you this afternoon, however, we felt that “topping our charts” was this article from ESPN.com that that chronicles a Tuesday night game in which  WNBA player Sylvia Fowles became the all-time leading rebounder in the history of that basketball league.  Sports leading Funeral Director Daily headlines?? The fact is that the 34-year old Fowles has used her off-season time to study mortuary science and intends to work as a funeral director once her […]

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Northeast funeral directors in the news

Last week we wrote about how a sponsored event, as it has grown, can help bring some funeral homes to status as anchors in their communities.  We also included in that discussion how service over time can accomplish the same thing.  And, just yesterday we talked about how taking an interest in, or mentoring, someone can have a lasting impression on our profession. Today, among our other afternoon edition stories, we bring you stories of two Northeast U.S. funeral directors […]

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Afternoon edition: Opportunities for professionals. . . and just news

In today’s afternoon edition we have a little something for everybody.  We’ve got information on educational opportunities coming up for industry professionals dealing with everything from attracting consumers to your funeral home to insights on the financial markets, to podcasts on interesting topics from the National Funeral Directors Association. On the news front there are stories on local funeral homes doing good work in their communities to a story on Tuesday nights Chicago shooting as mourners were exiting a funeral […]

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Afternoon edition: Deep in the Heart of Texas

We’ve got plenty of death care information from around the world for you today.  Two of our stories relate to current events in the United States and come to us from the state of Texas.  We’ve also got some death care information from Italy and Iraq as well as a 100th year of business celebration from a funeral home in South Carolina. News from the world of Death Care: Texas town removing fence between black and white cemeteries.  CBS 11 […]

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Heading into the weekend. . . . .

As we wrap up the week we bring you information on the historical topic of mummification – or as mentioned from an article of Live Science –  that refers to it as the “Lost art of embalming the dead” all the way into the present day with an article from Quartz entitled “COVID-19 has accelerated the trend of cremation over burial”. We also bring you information from the NFDA on how you can receive a certificate as a Certified Cremation […]

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NFDA cancels In-person Convention & Expo

In a press release released last week, the National Funeral Director’s Association (NFDA) announced the following: “Out of concern for the well-being of funeral professionals, exhibitors and association staff, the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) has canceled its in-person 2020 International Convention & Expo, scheduled for October 18 through 21 in New Orleans. NFDA will instead hold its first-ever virtual convention the week of October 18.” You can read the entire press release from NFDA here. More news from the […]