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The Essence of Gratefulness

By Funeral Director Daily / January 6, 2023 /

It’s probably appropriate that this article will appear in Funeral Director Daily on a Friday.  It’s on weekends, at least it was for me, that many funeral directors feel overworked and neglected.  It’s probably because most funeral homes are short-staffed on weekends and those on duty miss many family activities that take place on weekends…

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EPA continues risk assessment on formaldehyde, NFDA works to support funeral profession

By Funeral Director Daily / January 4, 2023 /

  It’s inevitable that regulations by government agencies are necessary in a civilized society.  Sometimes, however, when you own and operate a business it seems like you don’t want to take a step in any direction simply because you think that step may be against some type of regulation.  At least, that’s the way that…

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The 2022 stories that moved. . or will move death care into the future

By Funeral Director Daily / December 30, 2022 /

  I enjoy following the Death Care profession for this blog.  Doing so means that I read and research lots of articles on all subjects in spaces that hover around funeral service in general.  I think I get a pretty good perspective on what’s happening in that “world” and understand, at least somewhat, what some…

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A Funeral Director’s Christmas

By Funeral Director Daily / December 23, 2022 /

  I’ve entitled this article “A Funeral Director’s Christmas“.  But, I will tell you, I’m not so sure that I would know a funeral director’s Christmas if I saw one.   For me, I’ve been licensed 42 years now as a funeral director.  So, in a couple of days I’ll be going on my 42nd…

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Get registered for Peer Support

By Funeral Director Daily / December 15, 2022 /

  Our friends at Funeral Professionals Peer Support and the Cremation Association of North America (CANA) have another timely peer support connection coming our way next Tuesday.   Christina Walton will be the facilitator.  Ms. Walton is a registered therapist specializing in bereavement and loss and she has been a licensed funeral director for 33…

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Will Vermont lead a funeral director employee comeback?

By Funeral Director Daily / November 10, 2022 /

We’ve all talked about it and see it out in the profession — a lack of trained and licensed funeral directors to combat the coming years when America faces a wave of Baby Boomer deaths.  Without the influx of new professionals, many funeral homes will be understaffed which can lead to a vicious cycle of…

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Another reminder that our work matters

By Funeral Director Daily / October 26, 2022 /

I attended a somber event last Sunday that at least in part reminded me, among other things, that funerals and memorial services matter to people.  And, they are one of the events in a person’s life that can rekindle passionate memories. Last Sunday I attended the church service at tiny East Moe Lutheran Church in…

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Funeral Director to be honored for role in 1972 Rapid City flood

By Funeral Director Daily / October 19, 2022 /

In the 50th Anniversary year of the 1972 Rapid City Flood, funeral director Ozzie Osheim will be awarded, on October 21,  the Monsignor O’Connell Founders Award of the Catholic Social Services for his humanitarian role helping to care for the 238 who died in the then community of 40,000 people. The Rapid City Flood, according…

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The Buzz in Baltimore

By Funeral Director Daily / October 18, 2022 /

If you follow Funeral Director Daily with any regularity you will know that I returned from the 2022 National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) International Convention last week.  This article, titled Back from Baltimore, published last week gave my general impressions on attending my first national convention in over a decade. In today’s article I’m going…

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Don’t forget our “Sacred Duty”

By Funeral Director Daily / October 6, 2022 /

Last week a jury in Maine deliberated and found a verdict against a Lewistown, Maine, funeral home and its owner.  Here’s what the website CentralMaine.com said of the deliberations,   “A jury awarded Marielle Bischoff-Wurstle, 34, of Falmouth, $5.5 million Friday as compensation for significant emotional damage suffered because her father’s body was left to decompose…

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