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Rock the Dead?  Rock Songs Becoming More Common at Funerals
By on June 15, 2016  |  Comments 0

Rock the Dead? Rock Songs Becoming More Common at Funerals

Back in 2008, Australia made headlines when more and more mourners began noticing that funerals have rock songs playing instead of the traditional funeral-type music. It was a new phenomenon that was, at the time, projected to begin making its way across the globe. At the time, many people were surprised by the songs people […]

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How to Memorialize a Facebook Account
By on May 27, 2016  |  Comments 0

How to Memorialize a Facebook Account

If Benjamin Franklin were alive today, he infamous quote about death and taxes would read a bit differently.  These days he’d almost certainly have to say “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death, taxes … and Facebook.” With more than 1 billion active users, Facebook boasts more citizens than the […]

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Do Teens Who Play Taps Need Legal Protection?
By on May 12, 2016  |  Comments 0

Do Teens Who Play Taps Need Legal Protection?

Recently, we discussed a shortage of musicians to play Taps at military funerals.  This shortage has resulted in a number of private musicians stepping up to offer their services to honor fallen soldiers.  One group of musicians who are now receiving legal protection are students who are excused from class in order to play Taps […]

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Coping with Death on the Daily
By on October 19, 2015  |  Comments 0

Dealing With Grief on the Daily – Coping Strategies for Funeral Professionals

Working in the funeral business isn’t for everyone. It has a high burnout rate and coping with the emotions the job brings is, quite simply, a huge undertaking. Still, it’s a calling that needs professional, compassionate people and so every year thousands of people join the ranks. After a while, though, many start to feel […]

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Alternative Ideas for Funeral Arrangements
By on September 14, 2015  |  Comments 0

Alternative Ideas for Funeral Arrangements

Funerals have been a part of our history for so long that we’ve come to think of them as always following the same formula. Typically this means set visiting hours for family and friends followed by a memorial service, internment at a cemetery and then, in many cases, a more casual gathering for family and […]

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Shopping Strip Funeral Homes - A New Trend or Too Weird?

Shopping Strip Funeral Homes – A New Trend or Too Weird?

Shopping strips provide popular space at what is usually a pretty cheap price.  Newer versions of these strips are often dubbed ‘retail neighborhoods’ but at the end of the day they’re just strip malls with a prettier facade.  The strip malls that rose to popularity in the 1970s and 80s continue to provide easy access […]

Vanity Plates and Funeral Cars - A Good Idea or Bad Taste?

Vanity Plates and Funeral Cars – A Good Idea or Bad Taste?

People who own hearses and other types of funeral cars typically have a sense of humor. Granted, that sense of humor is usually on the morbid side, but it’s a sense of humor nonetheless. Some of them like to display their funny side on their vehicles with a clever and witty vanity plate. Unfortunately, many […]

The Japanese Way of Death - Funeral Customs in Japan

The Japanese Way of Death – Funeral Customs in Japan

Have you ever wondered how different cultures say goodbye to their deceased loved ones?  In the West we tend to think of all funerals being similar to what we’re used to.  The Japanese culture is unique in the way that they have funerals and many Westerners have begun incorporating Japanese funeral customs into their own […]

Funeral Sciences Offers Job Security for Those With the Right Stuff

Funeral Sciences Offers Job Security for Those With the Right Stuff

Benjamin Franklin famously once said that “nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”  So it’s no surprise that in a time when layoffs are imminent and people are worried about where their next paycheck is coming from, the funeral services industry seems to be a secure place to work.  That’s exactly […]

Live Taps at Military Funerals on the Decline

Live Taps at Military Funerals on the Decline

If you have attended military funerals in recent months, you may have noticed a couple of them playing “Taps” through MP3 players and portable speakers.   It’s a growing trend that just does not have the same effect as hearing it live.  But it’s not all down to a progression from live to automated.  A shortage […]

Insuring Your Funeral Car - An Overview

Insuring Your Funeral Car – An Overview

If you are a funeral home director, then your hearses and funeral cars will be insured as commercial vehicles. This is a business expense that cannot be helped, and as your vehicle is, in fact, being used in commercial practice it is a fair and reasonable charge. However, if you are a private collector of […]

A Funeral Home Tribute to the King of Pop

A Funeral Home Tribute to the King of Pop

There is no denying the impact that Michael Jackson had on the world of music, and one funeral home in Pittsburgh has even hosted an event dedicated to the “king of pop.” In 2009, the Coston Funeral Home in East Liberty held a memorial service for Michael Jackson. Fans of the star arrived in droves, […]