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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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Uvalde funeral directors say “They’ll never be the same”

By Funeral Director Daily / September 22, 2022 /

Back when I was in mortuary school I read a book entitled something like “Who takes care of the Caretaker“.  While there are other books with titles similar to that published later than the 1970’s I cannot locate the book I read, nor do I remember the author of it. Quite frankly, that’s not real…

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Are funeral home’s values getting hit with a “Double Whammy”

By Funeral Director Daily / September 16, 2022 /

A sale, or commerce if you will, occurs when a willing buyer and a willing seller reach agreement on a price for a good or service and then that price is paid from the buyer to the seller to mark the transaction.  While we don’t always think of it in that term, transactions like this…

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Labor Day: Time for the business year check-up

By Funeral Director Daily / September 6, 2022 /

Labor Day means a lot of different things to many people.  It might mean the end of the Summer, Back-to-School time, the start of football season, or the start of the political campaign season. For me, however, when I ran my funeral business, it was always the funeral home yearly check-up time.  You see, after…

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Three funeral directors, three stories, three ambassadors to the profession

By Funeral Director Daily / August 30, 2022 /

Funeral directors come with all kinds of interests and backgrounds.  What makes them so interesting is the diverse backgrounds, cultures, and interests that are found among them. But the good ones all have the commonality of becoming ambassadors for the profession simply by plying their trade to humanity. Today, Funeral Director Daily tells you about…

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