Author Archives: Kim Stacey

About Kim Stacey

Kim Stacey is an anthropologist, licensed funeral director, and certified grief counselor. She has been writing trade journal articles, as well as generic and custom website content, for funeral service professionals since 2005. Not only does Kim enjoy her work, she is deeply appreciative of the intellectual challenges each day brings.

Why You Need to Care about Website Credibility

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Quick; what’s another word for credible? Most people will respond with just one word: “believable”. But I like to argue that to say something or someone is credible implies “worthiness of confidence and trust”. Did you know the credibility of online content has been an issue for scholars for a very long time? Consider Stanford University’s Web Credibility Project, undertaken by their Persuasive Technology Lab. They’re not the only folks interested in the subject; there are dozens of universities and non-profit agencies engaged in the study of online source credibility. And in all honesty, as a professional web content writer; lately web content credibility has also become a really big issue for me.

That’s because, during the past year, I’ve changed the way I write website content. In reality, what I’ve done is to apply the same standards I learned when writing research papers during my years as a graduate student. “Cite all sources” was the rule, and we followed it religiously.

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The Conversation Continues: Cause Marketing and Funeral Homes

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Earlier this month I had the pleasure of speaking with Aaron Forgey, manager of Palm Downtown Mortuary and Cemetery in Las Vegas, Nevada, in preparation for writing an article for Mortuary Management which was intended to explore the dynamics and potential of cause marketing for funeral homes. At the time, he was the only person to have responded to a social media “shout out” for interview candidates; and I consider myself really fortunate he took the time to send me an email. We had a delightful conversation, the article got written, and a related blog post published. It was a very good week indeed.

Just days later, another act of good fortune occurred: Syd Waldman, of Waldman Funeral Care, LLC, in Houston, Texas, left an inviting comment on A Casual Conversation about Cause Marketing and Funeral Homes; and you can bet I was quick to contact him. (Like I said in that original post–I’ve got the best job in the world. After all, “every single day has presented me with remarkable opportunities to get better acquainted with funeral directors from around North America…I get to listen, ask questions, and share my best thinking with some really amazing men and women.” Yes, indeed; I am one lucky woman.)

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A Casual Conversation about Cause Marketing and Your Funeral Home

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More times than I can count, I find myself thinking “I have the best job in the world.” Hey, I’ve always enjoyed the work of being a content and copywriter for funeral service professionals. Who wouldn’t? For the past 11 years, every single day has presented me with remarkable opportunities to get better acquainted with funeral directors from around North America. Today, in the work I do for Frontrunner Professional; I get to listen, ask questions, and share my best thinking with some really amazing men and women. Without doubt, I’m blessed; and must say a resounding “thank you” to all I’ve had the pleasure of working with; you make me fall in love with my career each and every day. (And–of course– a big thank you to Frontrunner for making it all possible in the first place.)    MC900105220 (1)

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Can Technological Innovation Help Reclaim Your Potential? Yes!

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innovation2My thesis argument is a simple one. Innovations in funeral service have created a wealth of potential for business and personal success. So much so that funeral professionals simply cannot afford to be disconnected from the awareness of their positive personal and professional potential. That awareness is central to the pursuit of bigger and better things; if you don’t have it, you can slip quietly into apathy and a victim mentality. If you find the assertion credible, read on; if not, turn the page. (It’s okay; I’ll never know.)

There’s a lot happening in funeral service today. You have the really big (and big ticket) technological innovations like water resomation, the advent of online marketing tools, custom funeral home software products, ancillary sales opportunities, and web-based memorialization (interactive funeral home websites with built-in e-commerce features), and the continued growth of the pet loss services profession. Let’s not forget the elephant in the room: cremation. The rise in cremation arrangements was long seen as tolling the death knell for our profession yet, when you see it through the eyes of someone confident in their potential for success, cremation becomes a not-to-be-missed opportunity.

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Voting Now Open! Reward Innovation and Innovative Technology

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If I allow myself enough time to ponder the concept of innovation, I’m almost overwhelmed by its significance in both human history and our day-to-day life here in the 21st century. I ask you; where would we be right now without innovators? Then, there’s my fascination with a word’s meaning and origins; exactly what is innovation, and when did the word become part of everyday language? More on those questions later; right now I want to share some really big news.

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Is Your Funeral Firm Six Feet Under?

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I’ve always loved the HBO series, Six Feet Under, so I jumped at the chance to see it again when Amazon Prime recently made all five seasons available to subscribers. The long Fourth of July weekend gave me ample time to dive in with both feet.sixfeetunderposter

Without doubt, the second time around watching Alan Ball’s landmark series has not only been fun, it’s been insightful. It has led me to more deeply understand and appreciate the real value of funeral service software for those of us who work day-to-day on the front lines of funeral service. Sometimes, true learning happens when we least expect it.

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Understanding SEO Copywriting: When To Hire & a Do-It-Yourself Guide

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Your funeral home website sits at the hub of your online marketing efforts; you simply can’t afford not to truly understand the importance of SEO copywriting. It’s what makes your families land on your website instead of your competitor’s.

It was way back in 2008 when Mortuary Management published an article I wrote titled, “Are You the Best Writer for Your Business?” Now, six years later, I’m returning to that same question but the years in between have not changed my perspective one whit. I still believe that most business owners shouldn’t write their own website content or sales copy. Most of the time, they can’t see the features and benefits of their business offerings as clearly as a seasoned copywriter can (one who asks all the right questions) and nine times out of ten, they don’t enjoy the writing process enough to excel at copy or content writing.

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Online Grief Support: How to Truly Help Those in Mourning

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Sculpted AngelFrontRunner has given me the wonderful opportunity to write on the topics of grief and bereavement in the process of developing two, year-long email series and a library of related articles.

I am resolute in my belief that I don’t want to write fluff. Instead, it is my intention to provide readers with practical information they can really use. Yet, I know the inspiring and thoughtful insights of others are important so I’ve included words written by both modern and classical authors and philosophers. Their thoughts are an ideal springboard for topical discussion.

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To Post or Not to Post Prices Online: That is the Question

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General Price ListIn the state of California, any funeral establishment website must post the General Price List (GPL), pursuant to the Funeral Rule. There must also be a statement that the GPL is available upon request via a link from the home page unless the words “price information” or a similar phrase that includes the word “price” links to the GPL.

As a California funeral director, I’m well aware of Senate Bill 658, which took effect in January 2013. This requirement may give me a skewed perspective on the necessity of online pricing. Couple that with the fact that I’m a website content writer who needs to keep up-to-date with consumer trends and you’ve got a woman who honestly believes that putting your funeral home prices on your website is a smart thing to do.

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Embracing Technology Any Where, Any Time and at Any Age

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Each of us has our own very personal reasons for becoming a funeral service professional. For me, it was my love of ritual. My anthropological training allowed me to spend decades studying the multitude of cultural rituals surrounding death. This love turned my strictly academic career into funeral service where I could work with families to create meaningful funeral and memorial services. Add to that my recent certification as a grief counselor and I think it’s easy to see where my heart lies.

at computerIt’s also easy to see that my heart does not lie with the seemingly mundane tasks of case management! Chances are you feel much the same as I do. We came to this profession as a way of expressing our desire to care for others not because we wanted to get buried in the minutia of case management (pun intended). Yet, how many times during the week do you find yourself stuck in your office, feeling overwhelmed by your management and operational responsibilities?

Fortunately, today’s technology can free you from the shackles of your office chair and allow you the mobility needed to serve today’s families.

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