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Plenty of opportunities for women in the death care profession
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Plenty of opportunities for women in the death care profession

I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Mortuary Science in 1980 — in a class of about 40 males and one female.  That is just the way it was. . .there were no young women going into the business at that time.  Today, the mortuary science classes at my alma mater are about 70% female. I recently came across this article from Indiana that was about the 17th Nontraditional Employment for Women Opportunities Workshop in Syracuse, Indiana.  I thought […]

Ohio funeral home to close after 120 years
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Ohio funeral home to close after 120 years

The Warren (Ohio) Tribune Chronicle reports today that the McFarland-Barbee Funeral Home in that city will close its doors for good on Saturday after over 120 years in business. According to the article, which you can read here, owner and director Mark Barbee said on Thursday, “After sitting down with my wife, our accountant, and an attorney, we made the decision.”  Again, according to the article, Barbee had bought the funeral home from Jim McFarland  who had been  the 4th […]

America’s next migration movement and its effect on funeral service
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America’s next migration movement and its effect on funeral service

I’m a history buff and I love to look back and learn what has happened in our country.  I’ve found that many times a “precipitator” happens and that event or group of events causes history to happen.  I was running on my treadmill the other morning watching CNBC for business news and Fox News for other news and in switching back and forth between channels I realized that in different ways they were talking about the same thing. What they […]

What do you see on the Horizon?
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What do you see on the Horizon?

The other day a funeral service professional asked me, “What do you see on the horizon for funeral service?”  Since I have not put out any predictions for over a year I thought I would just give an answer on what comes to mind first for me.  Instead of a long, thought out answer sometimes it is just a good exercise to say what comes to your mind first. So, here I go.  And one of the things that sticks […]

Don’t Lose a Long-Time Client Family
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Don’t Lose a Long-Time Client Family

I just read an article by Alyssa McNab on the Homesteaders Life Company blog  where I thought that she did a very good job in delineating how a funeral home could, under certain circumstances, lose a long time client family.  Obviously, this is something no one in the funeral business wants to have happen, but Ms. McNab does a good job of warning against complacency. In the last ten days we have discussed marketing of funeral homes on this site […]

Funeral Service In Paradise
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Funeral Service In Paradise

The first time I visited Hawaii was in 1988.  I’d been working as a funeral director for about eight years at the time and knew that funeral service in Hawaii was a little bit different than in Minnesota simply because of the oriental and polynesian cultural influences on the customs as well as the, at the time, high cremation rates.  I took one morning and took a city bus to one of the multiple Borthwick Mortuary Chapels in Honolulu and […]