This, my friends, is Courage. Actually, “Courage the Brave Dog” is what my youngest son named the puppy who joined our family in December of 1999. A name chosen in contradiction to the cartoon series Courage the Cowardly Dog, which was also new to Cartoon Network that year; Courage really did his best to grow into that brave canine the boy was hoping for.
Today the boy is a young man of twenty-three, and dear Courage is nearing the end of his time with us. He has congestive heart failure, you see; and (thanks to our brilliant veterinarian and a whole lot of medication) the remaining time he has is as good as it can be. But there is no turning around on this path; each day I see subtle signs of his continuing decline. Continue reading
On March 2, 2013, the Oasis of the Seas, the Royal Caribbean cruise ship which was our home-away-from-home for the previous 8 days and 7 nights, docked in Ft. Lauderdale. Slowly we walked off the ship, calling out our farewells to one another.
But, not all was doom and gloom. Happily, as we walked down the gangway, we were already making plans for next year’s Funeral Business & Technology Workshop cruise. That’s when the beautiful Allure of the Seas will be bound for the Western Caribbean ports of Labadee, Haiti, Falmouth, Jamaica; and Cozumel, Mexico with another great group of funeral professionals. With already 20 cabins booked from last years attendees, we hope that you will add to that by joining us for the 2014 Funeral Business & Technology Workshop cruise! Continue reading
Are you doing your laundry, making lists of last minute things you need to buy or do, and packing your bags—destination, Tampa, Florida? I know a few folks here at FrontRunner who are busy doing exactly that; all in preparation to attend the 2013 ICCFA Convention and Expo. I know they are going to be really busy on the Expo floor, but I also know “my” team—they are going to make the time to enjoy some of the fine dining available there! Continue reading
If there is one thing that can be said about 30+
eager-to-learn funeral directors in a single room, it is that great ideas flow. As one of the presenters on this year’s Funeral Business & Technology Workshop Cruise, I have to say that I am thrilled with the amount of excellent ideas that came from such a great group of funeral directors. They joined us from all over North America – from Florida, Connecticut, Massachusetts; and all parts of Canada and some even further afield. So much was learned—I want to share just a few things that our great group came up with! Continue reading