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Funeral Processions and Police Escorts - Who Gets Them and Why?

Funeral Processions and Police Escorts – Who Gets Them and Why?

Funeral processions are a fairly common occurrence in small towns, suburbs and cities alike.  While we are all used to seeing funeral processions, sometimes we see them accompanied by a police presence.  This has led to a number of questions about why some processions have this added feature and others don’t.  Many people think it’s […]

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 […]

The Irony Files - Funeral Director Fired For Speeding

The Irony Files – Funeral Director Fired For Speeding

Funeral cars aren’t meant for speed, as anyone in the Funeral Industry can tell you. Driving a hearse requires a certain degree of decorum, as well as a health respect for the deceased.  In fact, when most people think about funerals and those in the industry, speed is usually the last thing on their minds. […]

The PBS Funeral Documentary That Won An Emmy Award

The PBS Funeral Documentary That Won An Emmy Award

It isn’t often that the entertainment industry gets the funeral industry right. In 2007, a documentary bucked that trend. The documentary, The Undertaking was a look by PBS’s Frontline program into the work and lives of the Lynch & Sons funeral directors in the towns of Milford and Clawson, Michigan. The Undertaking was originally a […]

The Funeral Industry Embraces New Technologies

As is the case with so many other industries, advancements in computer technology are affecting the funeral industry. Whether it’s streaming webcasts of a live funeral using a private website or a wireless Internet kiosk at the funeral home, technology is changing the way funeral directors do their job. This advancement in technology also allows […]

Funeral Industry Newspaper

Funeral Homes Online Newspaper

As we continue to look for new ways to educate the funeral home industry around areas such as marketing for funeral home owners, ways to generate additional revenue, etc. we have come up with an idea that we think will become an extremely valuable tool for funeral home owners and funeral directors. Last month the […]

Video Equipment Becoming New Features at Funerals

Video Equipment Becoming New Features at Funerals

Funeral homes across the country are adding video equipment to their facilities in an effort to give family members overseas a chance to say goodbye. One funeral home owner in the Twin Tiers region – Brad Perkins – is joining the trend. Perkins, owner of the Dryden area Perkins Funeral Home, recently invested in some […]

Mock Funeral for Cancelled Scholarship at UNC-Asheville

Mock Funeral for Cancelled Scholarship at UNC-Asheville

Mock funerals tend to be the way to get attention and make your cause known these days. The students at UNC-Asheville recognize this and used a mock funeral to bring awareness to the cancelled EARN scholarship for students at the school. The Students for a Democratic Society held the demonstration earlier this month as part […]

Hearses Getting Larger to Accommodate Larger Bodies

It’s no secret that America has an obesity problem. All you have to do is take a look around and see that we are simply getting fatter. As a result, many industries are changing their products to accommodate that trend. The funeral industry is no exception. Companies are manufacturing larger caskets, funeral cars and vaults […]