Month: July 2015

I Want a Direct Cremation, Please.

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71% of Americans are projected to choose cremation in the year 2030.

Let that sink in.         

Seventy-one percent!

The newest data from the 2015 NFDA Cremation and Burial Report: Research, Statistics, and Projections predicts that the cremation rate will surpass burial by the end of this year. If the projections bear out, we will see even higher numbers in 2020 and 2030.

2005
final
2010
final
2013
final
2015
projected
2020
projected
2030
projected
Cremation (%)
32.3
40.4
45.4
48.5
56.2
71.0
Burial (%)
61.4
53.3
48.7
45.6
37.9
23.2

– Chart and summary from NFDA.

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Tips for Delivering Great Funeral Service

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Everyone has their own ideas about giving and receiving great service, but funeral directors and staff are often expected to go above and beyond every time.

Each year, OGR awards three member firms with the Exemplary Service Award. Winners are chosen from comments received from families through the Family Contact Program. This year’s winners had a lot to say about the type of service they strive to provide and how they deliver great funeral service.

Their advice for being exemplary? See below.

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Seven Ways to Reach Out to Your Local Hospice

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Funeral directors may see hospice as competition, but this shouldn’t be the case. Developing a relationship with your local hospice can be a rewarding endeavor. In my conversations with funeral directors, I’ve come across several ways to connect with these end-of-life caretakers.

Bridge the gap with your local hospice and see how you can work together to serve the families in your community. Here are some ways to get you started:

  • Have someone from your funeral home be the main person that will develop the relationship with the hospice staff and volunteers. Read the rest of this entry »