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In Tough Times, the County Funds Many Funerals

In Tough Times, the County Funds Many Funerals

The United States has seen some tough economic times in its history.  Many of us automatically think of the Great Depression when we think of these tough times but the truth is that we’ve endured some rocky years in modern history as well.  Back in 2009, we saw a huge upheaval in the country’s economic […]

Funeral Cars: A Comforting Tradition in a Changing World

Funeral Cars: A Comforting Tradition in a Changing World

If there’s anything you can count on in this world, it’s change.  Whether you look at the changes in how we shop or watch TV to the changes in how we communicate and travel, change is everywhere.  When there’s so much going on, many people look for comfort in the simple traditions that escape the […]

How Modern Tragedies Are Causing a Spike in Hearse Demands

How Modern Tragedies Are Causing a Spike in Hearse Demands

With the recent rash of mass shootings and other public tragedies across the United States, industry experts have noted an increase in demand for hearses and other funeral cars.  Many bloggers and commentators spend their time looking for a common denominator while others stay focused on what can be done now to help bring people […]

Funeral Procession Etiquette: Are We Showing Enough Respect Today?

Funeral Procession Etiquette: Are We Showing Enough Respect Today?

This summer, a solder’s actions during a funeral procession quickly went viral.  A photo of the soldier standing at attention and saluting as a funeral procession drove by was shared on social media and quickly spread like wildfire.  People from all over the country took a moment to applaud the soldier’s actions and engage in […]

Funeral Cars - A Brief History

Funeral Cars – A Brief History

Today, funeral cars are generally divided into two categories: hearses and limos.  The hearse carries the casket as part of a dignified ceremonial ritual, while the limo carries mourners (usually close relatives and friends, as other funeral attendees generally drive their own vehicles). The history of funeral cars is long and distinguished. Throughout the centuries, […]

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 […]

How to Learn More About the Quirky World of Funeral Business

How to Learn More About the Quirky World of Funeral Business

Some of you might remember Richard O’Brien from the 1975 cult classic film The Rocky Horror Picture Show. O’Brien has enjoyed a long career in offbeat film, television and stage shows since those days, including the Rocky Horror sequel Shock Treatment and the gamer geek flick Dungeons and Dragons. In 2008, O’Brien was back on […]

21st century funeral cars and the mobility internet

21st Century Hearse: What Will Future Funeral Cars Look Like?

What will the next incarnation of the funeral car look like? Authors William Mitchell, Christopher Borroni-Bird, and Lawrence Burns believe they know. A new book describes what they call the “mobility internet,” and the implications for the funeral car business are incredible. For starters, this trio are suggesting that all cars, funeral hearses included, will […]

funeral cars with rearview cameras

Rearview Camera: Coming To A Funeral Car Near You

The rearview camera has been declared the auto technology of the year for 2013. All the auto manufacturers are incorporating this new technology, and you might think that your funeral car fleet doesn’t need it, but think again. Rearview cameras do more than just show drivers what’s behind them. Auto makers are also tying all […]

funeral car fuel efficiency

How To Increase Funeral Car Fuel Efficiency

An interesting article about the auto start-stop feature got me to thinking about fuel efficiency in funeral cars. In a day when gas prices are hitting near $4 per gallon or more, fuel economy is becoming an increasingly more important concern for all drivers. It should also be an important concern for funeral directors. When […]