Category Archives: Human interest

Gifts Funeral Directors Will Actually Use This Holiday Season

Posted by Ashley Montroy

Gift guide for funeral directors

Buying the right gifts for everyone on your list is a yearly challenge that we all have to face. Some people are very particular and, as a result, tend to have everything they would want. Others may as well have “I don’t know what I want this year” or “you don’t have to get me anything” as their email signature. But what do you get someone who dedicates their life to serving others?

How about they will actually use? This year, get the funeral director in your life something that will help them on and off the job. Our holiday gift guide has something to please everyone and is filled with practical ideas. Check out the gift ideas below! Continue reading

10 Ideas To Offer Grieving Families During The Holidays

Posted by Tommy Heigh

Christmas and the holiday season is a special time of the year in every community. It brings loved ones together to celebrate their faith, exchange gifts, and look forward to what’s to come in the new year. For most, it’s filled with love, joy, and hope. However, if you are mourning the loss of a loved one, the holiday season can be anything but loving, joyous, or hopeful.

As funeral directors, you likely have heard (or possibly experienced) the myth that death increases around the holidays. Whether it’s true or not, the fact still remains that the holidays can be difficult for families who have experienced a loss. Especially if this is the first holiday season without their loved one.

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Grief Over The Holidays: The Empty Seat At Thanksgiving

Posted by Brandon Meawasige

Thanksgiving grief

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.

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The Opioid Crisis: On The Frontline & In The Prep Room

Posted by Brandon Meawasige

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.

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Golf Day & Why We Love Team Building At FrontRunner

Posted by Ashley Montroy

team building exercise at golf course

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.

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Realize the Power Behind Your Funeral Home Customer Reviews

Posted by Ashley Montroy

funeral home customer reviews

Although reviews matter to all business types, it is a far more serious affair for funeral homes. Families will always want to provide their departed loved ones with the best service they can afford, and will therefore turn to the experiences of others to make their decisions. Findings show that 59% of consumers look at two or three review sites before making a big purchase. Given that a funeral is one of the biggest financial considerations made by a family, reviews are a key part of their decisions making process.

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Sink Or Swim: Thoughts For Embalmers

Posted by Lance Ray

Recently I completed my first long distance Ironman event in Cambridge, Maryland. For those of you who have heard of Ironman but do not really understand what all is involved I will briefly explain – an Ironman 140.6 mile triathlon is broken into three different sports (Swim, Bike, Run) with the swim being 2.4 miles long and often the most feared because you are alone and in a large lake or ocean. The bike is 112 miles followed by a 26.2 mile run or jog or walk or crawl. Needless to say it is a long day that starts will the swim.

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Father’s Day: 9 Things Dad Was Right About The Whole Time

Posted by Brandon Meawasige

Happy Father's Day

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.

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7 Ways Your Funeral Home Can Connect With The Community

Posted by Tommy Heigh

Connecting your funeral home with the community

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.

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What Mother’s Day Taught Me About Celebrating A Life

Posted by Brandon Meawasige

Mother's Day

It’s not easy to talk about an occasion like Mother’s Day knowing that some people will be without their moms this year. Any holiday or significant date, really, can be difficult for those who have experienced the loss of a loved one. This is something most people can relate to on one level or another.

For example, I feel so incredibly blessed to have plans with my Mom this weekend – but for her, this will be the first Mother’s Day she has without her Mom, my Grandma. I can’t imagine what that would feel like. However, I’d be lying if I said it didn’t inspire me to explore what a day dedicated to celebrating our moms can teach us about celebrating a life.

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