A new year always brings new resolutions to improve, whether in personal or professional areas. There’s always something that we might do better and this can apply to new embalmers as well as veteran embalmers. As Rod Serling of The Twilight Zone might have said, “submitted for your approval” are ten resolutions for 2018:
This weekend millions of people across the country will gather with family to share a meal, watch the football game and reflect on the things for which they are thankful. Additionally, it will be an opportunity to remember the people who have come before us and acknowledge those who will be missing the festivities this year. While some such people have been gone for years now, there will undoubtedly be many seats that were not supposed to be empty this Thanksgiving. For the families sitting at these tables, things may prove to be more difficult than they are joyous. Grief is a funny thing that way, seeming to always be magnified by moments that are supposed to be otherwise special.
Unfortunately there is no universal suggestion that can be made for holiday grief of this kind. Every family is different, with a unique set of traditions and a special dynamic. So instead of trying to pretend that my advice will work for everyone, I will tell you how, in my life, I have overcome the grief of missing a loved one at the Thanksgiving table.
There was no better way to open the Steve Jobs Theatre at Apple’s new complex in Cupertino, California on September 12, than with one of the company’s signature launch events. As millions watched on, the show started with a recording of the late CEO and luminary echoing throughout a dark room. It was a posthumous reminder of what has made the tech giant into one of the world’s most recognizable brands; their commitment to improving the human experience. When Tim Cook took over the spotlight from his predecessor, he continued with a tribute to Jobs, setting the stage for a monumental day. And monumental it was.
Breaking away from the usual model, the event did not release the standard line of expected products. Instead, not one but three phones were announced, including the iPhone X – to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the smartphone’s first edition. Additionally, viewers were privy to a new Apple Watch, a 4K version of Apple TV and a revamped operating system.
What does this mean for your funeral home? Well, with the new phones hitting the market just last week, we have created a list of 6 things your firm can learn from the latest release. These will help you get the most out of the technology, understand the devices families will be using and make your funeral home more appealing to the community on and offline.
With the 2017 NFDA International Convention & Expo fast approaching, the FrontRunner team could not be more excited to be headed down to Boston. We had such a wonderful time with all of you in Philadelphia in 2016 and can’t wait to share what has been the biggest and most innovative year in our company’s history. We released several new technology solutions for funeral homes like our DIY website platform and video condolences feature. We also became the first in the death care industry to partner with GoFundMe to release A Helping Hand compassionate funding. It sure has been busy around here and it’ now time to celebrate. In addition, it would not be the NFDA convention without a look to the future, that is why we are bringing a special 2018 sneak preview (among other surprises) to the trade show floor. To see it all first-hand visit us in booth 2811, you wont be able to miss it (trust me). We also have a thing or two to share with you that will help your funeral home make the most of the convention experience and enjoy your time in Boston.
As yet another summer comes to a close we are gearing up for our favourite (and busiest) seasons here at FrontRunner Professional. Over the next couple of months, our team will be travelling around North America to attend some very exciting funeral industry trade shows and national events. We will be kicking things off at the 2017 New York State Funeral Directors Association Annual Convention in beautiful Saratoga Springs. There will be 11 CEU’s up for grabs during breakout sessions, where attendees will learn about key trends impacting today’s industry. It doesn’t stop there, either. The FrontRunner team will then spread out to various locations North and South of the border, making for an extremely busy month. If you are planning on attending one of the following events, we would love to hear from you. If not, we hope to see you somewhere along the road!
We are proud to announce A Helping Hand™, a funeral crowdfunding developed by FrontRunner in partnership with GoFundMe that will help bring families and communities together during times of loss to assist with final expenses.
In recent years the crowdfunding space has grown exponentially, transforming into an industry that generates over 30 billion dollars worldwide annually, helping families worldwide. A large portion of that can be attributed to the growing popularity of monetary contributions as a gesture of sympathy. More families than ever before are turning to their friends, loved ones and communities during times of loss, and the results have been nothing short of inspiring. It is now commonplace to see funeral crowdfunding campaigns receive overwhelming support. Furthermore, there have been many instances where support has come from outside of a given community and in some cases, from different locations around the world. It is safe to say that funeral crowdfunding is more than just a trend and because we work with so many funeral homes across North America, it was an essential next step for us to introduce this tool.
Given that we are celebrating St. Patricks Day today, I figured it would be a good time to share my story of how learning about Irish funeral traditions forever changed my views on death, dying and loss. You never really know what you will get out of a conversation, however, this particular occasion I will never forget.
While attending university, long before ever working for a funeral home technology company, my eyes were opened to the truly beautiful idea of celebrating a life. It all happened while studying in the library one winter evening. I was approached by a friend of mine for what started out as an exchange of pleasantries and ended with a profound change of perspective.
This Saturday is National Funeral Director and Mortician Recognition Day, an important occasion for us here at FrontRunner Professional. While it is pretty awesome that an entire day is dedicated to celebrating the lovely men, women and families that sacrifice their lives to help others, we like to show our appreciation all year-round. So, we have decided to put together a short video thanking funeral directors for all that they do and showing our appreciation.
Put simply, 2016 was our best year ever. We welcomed hundreds of new businesses to the FrontRunner family, saw our team grow and continued to bring about change in the funeral industry. We turned out some of 2016’s best funeral home website designs, gave many firms one-point of data entry and saw over one million interactions with the Book Of Memories from families all over North America. Time seemed to fly by and we can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store for us and our wonderful clients. That being said, let’s take this time to look back at the people, places and events that made this past year so special.
Funeral home websites took a gigantic step forward in 2016. As a result of mounting consumer demand for more refined online experiences, many funeral industry professionals had no choice but to update their digital brand this past year. For us at FrontRunner, it has been a pleasure to work with the firms that get excited about their funeral home website and digital marketing strategy.