Worth Knowing About

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In light of our recent presidential election this is especially fitting. The invective, threats and vitriol directed at our President – Elect pale in comparison to what President – Elect Lincoln experienced. Let’s remember that he had to sneak into Washington because of the very real threat of assassination. People […]

What Proof Do You Require?

We live in a litigious society. More and more practitioners are ending up in lawsuits.  Often it isn’t really their fault. Lawyers will tell you to make sure you always CYA! Richard Callahan, former funeral home owner and funeral director has spent the last 20 years of his career as […]

I Am Tired of Talking About Change…Aren’t You?

We need to quit talking about change and figure out HOW we need to change if we are going to be sustainably viable. Don’t you think it’s time we learned HOW we need to change? Announcing the 21st Century Summit WE need to learn how to ask tough questions: How […]

The Unspoken Affliction: FD’s and PTSD

A while ago I wrote on the subject of funeral directors and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in the belief that there was a lot out there. This is a sensitive subject that will benefit greatly from transparent vulnerable open discussion. But who wants to be first? Finally, a young man […]

Empathy / Sympathy A Very Important Difference

Unlike most other professions funeral practitioners must operate within an often sensitive emotional environment. Let’s call it emotionally charged. We know too well that sympathy can often backfire but empathy is never lost. Sympathy can often take someone lower but empathy often lifts up. God was angry with Job’s friends […]

Is this REALLY a Hill Worth Dying on?

I think I can make a very strong case that funeral service as a profession makes a vital social contribution to society. For me that makes it a noble profession. Unfortunately, the profession doesn’t act with nobility as often as so many of us would wish. Not long ago I […]

last week in my article “Funerals as Counter Culture” I made a bold statement: “After 50 years of steady decline in public attitudes towards funerals the pendulum is swinging back our way.  Like Croci in the spring, the signs are poking through the frost…” No sooner was that article published […]

Amazon.com Starts Selling Preneed Cremation

Well it had to happen. You have a new competitor.  Merry Christmas!! As of Monday December 12 Amazon is offering preneed cremation services through Smart Cremation a Redmond, Washington based provider of cremation services. Click Here to learn more.