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Looking for a new funeral coach — how about a Tesla?

  For almost 35 years I operated a funeral home and most of what I did there I thoroughly enjoyed. . . especially the part that was directly working with the families that were in need of funeral service help at the time.  I felt privileged that they would let me into the family discussions about how they would celebrate and memorialize their relative.  To me that was an honor. One of the things that I did not enjoy was […]

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Afternoon edition: Like a wedding registry, “Tap’n Go” may be new addition to death care

Today’s feature article in Funeral Director Daily’s Afternoon edition comes to us from the Lifestyle section of the Sydney (Australia) Morning Herald.  It delves into the options for families and friends to contribute to funeral costs or charities at Sydney Funerals. Sydney Funerals has launched a free service they call “Tap a Little Contribution” (TLC).  Based a little on wedding registries and GoFundMe pages, the service allows family and friends to contribute to a deceased’s death care costs or the […]

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Pandemic alters Recompose plans

Entrepreneurs in the start up world have had to be nimble on their feet during the current pandemic.  Many of the best laid plans for young and pre-revenue businesses have had to be altered in the COVID world.  Some, on the other hand, especially in the technology and pharmacy sectors, have seen boom times with investors willing to pony up seed money hoping to cash in on a quick technology or therapeutic drug success. A recent article in the Seattle […]

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A new world of death care start ups

Earlier in July Funeral Director Daily featured an article entitled, “Does death care have a consumer influencer?”  The article pertained to our profession and wondered out loud if death care had someone that was able to “influence” consumers as to their choice of death care.  That “influencer group” is in a lot of other industries and the article questioned who influences death care. And, we all know that the death care consumer will – and already is – evolving in […]

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News you can use for the weekend

As we head into another great summer weekend, here is some industry news that you can use. Funeral Directors Life Named “Great Place to Work” Funeral Directors Life was recently named as one of the 2020 Best Workplaces in Texas by Great Place to Work and Fortune.  Funeral Directors Life was honored with the 26th spot for small and medium companies.  You can see the press release here. “It’s a tremendous honor to be recognized by Great Place to Work […]

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Chicago area funeral director self-filming reality series

Jacob C. Vandenberg is the Mayor of Tinley Park, Illinois.  He is also an owner and President of Vandenberg Funeral Homes which operate in Tinley Park and Mokena.  You can see the funeral home web-site here. Jacob is a 4th generation funeral director and with his brother, Josh, now operates the family businesses.  As if he isn’t busy enough with his work and Mayoral duties, he has taken on the duties of producing his own reality series about the death […]

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My friend Roger

I’ve talked about it on this medium many times, but it has affected us all to some extent during 2020.  What I am talking about is the coronavirus and what it has done to our daily lives. . . in this case the social distancing and rules about no large gatherings.  In my opinion, we have all become a little lonelier in 2020. I’m a pretty social creature and enjoy the give and take of social interaction.  As a matter […]

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Catching up with eziFunerals

There is no doubt that opinions can sway back and forth and can change over time.  I’ve noticed it in my own life. . . . as a young person I pretty much looked at every issue as black or white.  As I’ve aged and had the opportunity to experience more things, meet different people, and take the time to look at things from another’s perspective. . . .I’ve come to see the world in differing shades of gray. . […]

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Keeping the business flowing

I love the idea of “American ingenuity”.  To me it means the thought process that is developed to keep things moving ahead even when the system to do so has been upended.  And, around the world this Spring, the system has truly been upended with the advent of the COVID-19 situation. However, if you are a small business, you have to figure out a way to keep the cash rolling in so that you can pay the bills.  Many small […]

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Streaming and the new mourning

There is no doubt since the advent of COVID-19 that the funeral profession has had to become more technologically advanced.  And, in the practice of the “no large gathering” prohibition across the country we have turned to technology, such as funeral streaming, to allow more people to mourn the services of a loved one. The funeral profession also has a myriad of opinions on how live streaming these funeral, memorial, and graveside events may become common practice and some in […]