If you stay up to date with what is going on in the FrontRunner world, you will know that the Fall is our busiest time. Each year, we celebrate this wonderful season by travelling to State, Provincial and International trade shows. Not only that, but we take some time to focus on professional development as well. This year’s travel is already in full swing and we can’t wait to share our stories with you, catch up with our clients on the road and meet new friends along the way. Here is a snapshot of where we are going to be over the next few weeks and a small recap of where we have already been. If you are able to, we would love to connect at any of these events.
The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines an epidemic as “the occurrence of more cases of disease than expected in a given area or among a specific group of people over a particular period of time.” By this definition, the drug problem in the United States, and more specifically the use of opioids, is an epidemic. One that does not discriminate against any race, socioeconomic status or community. One that doesn’t recognize county borders or city limits. One that, for too many years, has taken lives, broken families and, in many cases, puts more than just users at risk. Family members, friends, first responders, bystanders, coroners, funeral directors and anyone who comes into contact with victims of drug addiction are all put in harm’s way. So for every death that occurs as the result of an overdose, there are many people whose lives are greatly impacted. This is not an isolated issue. It is a problem for everyone.
Last week our team here at FrontRunner had the pleasure of spending the day at our annual company golf tournament. This yearly tradition is something everyone around our office looks forward to each summer. A full day spent away from the office creating bonds with our peers and enjoying some time together.
This year’s tournament saw nearly 40 FrontRunners organized into groups of 3 or 4 to take over a local golf course. It was a beautiful day that saw the winning team drop a birdie putt in the final few holes to take a 1 stroke lead and close out the tournament.
For many funeral homes, the world of social media remains mysterious and uncharted territory. Though it is widely understood to be a valuable asset that helps drive business growth, funeral professionals are still intimidated. We understand. Social media takes organization, commitment and creativity. Most crucially, it takes plenty of time. And time can be a rare commodity, as any funeral home employee will tell you. As a result, dedicating hours to social media may be more than just daunting. It can be downright impractical for some firms.
Let’s take a break from the business world to talk about something a little different. At FrontRunner, we normally strive to help you harness the latest technology, grow your business or market like a rock star. Today, however, we want to help you look further into one of life’s most valuable relationships. In this industry it is all too easy for us to forget about the little things in life and with Father’s Day around the corner we figured it was a great opportunity to cover a more personal topic.
As a funeral director, your first priority is to serve families and help them in their time of need. For many funeral directors though, this trait doesn’t go away when you leave the funeral home.
Many family members of funeral directors often share stories about how they’re always going out of the way to help others whenever the opportunity arises. They’re walking through a restaurant and see a rug is bunched up, they stop to fix it. An elderly woman is struggling to load her groceries in the car, they put them in the trunk for her.
With the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association (ICCFA) 2018 convention quickly approaching, many in the funeral industry are preparing to descend upon the Mojave Desert for what is sure to be an exciting show. At FrontRunner, Las Vegas is one of our favourite places to travel and we wouldn’t want to let you go there without some suggestions from the team. Over the past few weeks we have compiled a list of things you should do while in Sin City and we even created a comprehensive guide to the show which can be downloaded at the end of this post.
So, your New Years resolutions did not go as planned. But hey, maybe they did and to those of who you kept your self-improvement promises and have thus far made bountiful strides towards achieving your goals for 2018 – we commend you. As for the rest of us, the upcoming season provides a second opportunity for a fresh start. Spring cleaning, or the yearly practice of shedding the old and celebrating the new, is a great way to take stock, reevaluate where you stand and plan for the future. Whether it’s at home, at the office or for your entire funeral business – here are few ways that you can make the most of your Spring cleaning efforts this year.
Dear Funeral Directors,
Getting ready to start at FrontRunner seven years ago, I had no idea what I was in for. I understood the business, but could not have been less prepared for the job. Working in palliative care, I was no stranger for death – but funeral homes were still somewhat of a mystery to me. To be truthful, the death care industry is not something I saw myself getting into. However, I quickly learned about the men and women who work in this wonderful industry. I learned about your daily lives, the way you help communities and your dedication to others. It didn’t take long before I was hooked.
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: