WNBA Superstar: From the hardcourt to the prep room

By Funeral Director Daily / August 16, 2022 /

It isn’t very often when you hear of a bona-fide superstar in their athletic field that just can’t seem to wait for the next chapter of their life to start.  However, that is where WNBA superstar Sylvia Fowles finds herself as she has counted down the last weeks and days of her 15-year WNBA career. …

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A historic tragedy where the funeral profession stepped up again

By Funeral Director Daily / June 9, 2022 /

It was 85 years ago this past March when “funeral directors from across East Texas showed up. Dallas dispatched 25 doctors, 100 nurses, and 25 embalmers” to the small Texas oil boom community of New London.   After the tragedy and according to this article , “morticians embalmed more than 200 bodies in the Overton American…

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Are we “Turning the Corner?”

By Funeral Director Daily / May 18, 2022 /

In the last few weeks I have heard and seen a lot about about staffing issues in the death care world.  For instance, I recently had a discussion with Ryan Thogmartin of Connecting Directors and he told me that their surveys from owners and managers indicate that staffing, employee issues, and just simply getting enough…

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An “Address” that resonated with me

By Funeral Director Daily / May 17, 2022 /

I read this article in the Metropolis (IL) Planet the other day.  And, quite frankly, it really resonated with me.  Part of the reason is that when I researched Metropolis it seemed much like the community that I grew up in. The article revolves around Metropolis funeral home owner and mortician Emily Farmer Loftus and…

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A webinar you might find interesting and helpful

By Funeral Director Daily / May 16, 2022 /

During my mortuary college years I read a book entitled, “Who takes care of the Caretaker“.  I don’t remember all of the details of the book because it’s been over 40 years since I read it.  However, what I do remember is that it drilled into me loud and clear that “I could not be…

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Will we see a “Pull-forward” effect?

By Funeral Director Daily / April 19, 2022 /

Since the world started to deal with the deaths related to the Covid-19 pandemic beginning in March and April of 2020 there has been a question in the death care world about the theory of “pull-forward” deaths. . .and if there are “pull-forward” deaths, what will that do to the profession in the years following…

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Having a Servant’s heart. . . a requisite for most funeral directors

By Funeral Director Daily / April 15, 2022 /

Today is Good Friday and Sunday is Easter in the Christian world.  And, I’m a sinner saved by grace.  Wednesday at my weekly Men’s early morning Bible Study the comment was made that this weekend, when we commemorate or celebrate Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection, those of the Christian faith recognize the greatest event of…

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Building your brand for Lifetime Value

By Funeral Director Daily / March 28, 2022 /

I love business and the challenge of building a business.  To me it is very much like a jig-saw puzzle. . . . you have to work with the pieces you have and continue to move them around until they, like a jig-saw puzzle, fit together and make everything work. I served on the Board…

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One of our finest dies

By Funeral Director Daily / March 25, 2022 /

Worcester, Massachusetts, funeral director Peter Stefan, age 85 died this week.  Stefan made a name for himself, not as a businessman, but as a man and funeral director, of compassion.  Even in a profession which exudes compassion among its workers, Stefan stood out to his peers. Stephen Teasdale, the Executive Director of Worcester’s Main South…

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Can understanding “The Great Resignation” lead to more death care workers

By Funeral Director Daily / March 16, 2022 /

Over the weekend I conflated two situations and tried to make the argument that one situation could actually help the other.  What happened is that I have noticed that almost all funeral homes of a larger case volume seem to be short professional staff.  And, it’s not just in the United States — InvoCare in…

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