Articles

Tough Decisions to Make When Managing Your Business

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines Management as “the act or skill of controlling and making decisions about a business.” It even goes further to include a reference to management as an art. As s...
By Beth Kmiec
Tuesday, May 17, 2022

The Cost of Waiting - How to Avoid Losing Funerals to Direct Disposition

You’ve probably had them in your funeral home. Families who are grieving the loss of a loved one and don’t already have a plan in place. You notice how they react when you use the word funeral, and...
By Tyler Anderson
Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Single-Pay Preneed: Are You Leaving Money on the Table?

It is no longer a question of if inflation will continue to increase this year, but how much, which means funeral businesses will need to aggressively manage expenses while simultaneously looking f...
By Paul White
Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Memories Need Help Sometimes Step Up To Be the One To Educate

They were a sweet couple, Helen and Bob. Their beautiful little Maltese, Lexi, had just died and they were a mess. Lexi was just one of their many Maltese loves, as that’s what kind of family they ...
By Coleen Ellis
Tuesday, April 19, 2022

The Mourner's Bill of Rights

Though you should reach out to others as you do the work of mourning, you should not feel obligated to accept the unhelpful responses you may receive from some people. You are the one who is grievi...
By Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D., C.T., www.centerforloss.com
Tuesday, April 19, 2022

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

As a little girl, I loved to flip through all our old photo albums. Pages full of pictures of vacations and pets, smiling faces of parents, grandparents, cousins, and babies, but what I loved most ...
By Jess Short, Gather
Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Pre-Recruitment Preparation… Your Key to Success!

If there is one thing that has become almost gospel truth in funeral service these days, it is that good help is hard to find! We have been recruiting exclusively for the funeral and cemeteries pro...
By Bob Heidlage & Alex Kistler, Global Recruiters of Batesville
Wednesday, March 23, 2022

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What’s the Key to Running a Successful Funeral Home? Your Team

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Jefferson State Community College Student Essays

By Samantha Brown Gibbs In 2019, I lost both my parents seven months apart each to cancer; (my father to leukemia on May 26th, 2019, and my mother to breast cancer on December 22nd, 2019). Before ...

John A. Gupton Student Essays

By Estreya McCanna Its May 2021 and I just started my very first semester of Mortuary school at John A. Gupton College. I logged into my classes to complete some of my first assignments, and it wa...

Why Does the Appearance of a Burial Vault Matter?

The main purpose of a burial vault is simple: protection. A vault prevents the weight of the earth and heavy cemetery equipment from collapsing the grave. It also safeguards the casket space agains...

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of SBA Financing “Whether Buying, Selling or Refinancing, Here’s What You Should Know”

The Small Business Administration (SBA) works with lenders to provide loans to small businesses. The agency doesn’t lend money directly to small business owners. Instead, it sets guidelines for loa...

Creating Connection with Urn Vaults

Just 12 years after the full funeral procession of President Abraham Lincoln, the first “modern” cremation was captivating the press nationwide. Within the first American crematory built in a small...