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How to Avoid Overstepping Boundaries with Long-time Client Families

November 08, 2018 by Homesteaders Life Company
Funeral Home Business

When I was 28, my mom passed away unexpectedly. My five siblings and I gathered at the funeral home in our hometown to make arrangements. At that time, I had never a planned funeral before. None of us knew what to do or what to expect.

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Does Gratitude Really Make a Difference?

November 01, 2018 by Dr. Jason Troyer
Featured, Finding Resilience

Can you improve your mood through simple steps that take less than a minute a day? Research suggests the answer is, “yes!” Generally speaking, research suggests that regular gratitude can improve your mood and optimism.

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5 Have the Talk of a Lifetime Resources You Should Be Using

October 18, 2018 by Alyssa McNab
Have the Talk of a Lifetime

It seems that every year, the ads for holiday shopping appear earlier and earlier. As a result, I’m already looking forward to holiday gatherings and creating more memories with my loved ones.

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I’ll Bet You Could Write a Book

October 04, 2018 by Dr. Jason Troyer
Finding Resilience

Perhaps you have said it or maybe someone has said it to you: “I’ll bet you could write a book.” It’s true that funeral professionals have a unique place to view the parade of life go by. You hear family secrets, see what their homes look like at 3 a.m. and get to know the best and worst about the families in your community.

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What to Wear to a Funeral, Visitation or Celebration of Life Service

September 20, 2018 by Sarah Loghry
Featured

A few weekends ago, I went to a birthday party for one of my close friend’s daughters. She was turning one year old, so a large group of my longtime friends came into town to help celebrate. As per usual, there was discussion in our group text message about who was going to wear what. No one wanted to be underdressed or overdressed compared to everyone else. In other words, no one wanted to stand out or draw attention to themselves during the party. Ironically, two of us ended up wearing the same shirt.

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Tips for Operating a Successful Preneed Team

September 06, 2018 by Alyssa McNab
Preneed Funeral Planning

So far, this has been a year of transformation at my house – literally. Following some unfortunate yet necessary home improvement projects, I’ve become well acquainted with options for various repair services and contractors in the area. And that means I’m also in a position to share my experiences with those businesses with friends and family members who are looking for similar services.

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Restore Balance: Read the “Thank You” Notes

August 30, 2018 by Dr. Jason Troyer
Finding Resilience

Like you, I have days when it seems like nothing is going my way and I can’t do anything right. If I am lucky I will remember to go to the “thank you” drawer. My drawer contains letters and cards from clients and students who took time to thank me for helping them.

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5 Unexpected Ways Advance Funeral Planning Can Help Families

August 24, 2018 by Alyssa McNab
Preneed Funeral Planning

As a funeral professional, what do you say when someone asks why they should consider prearranging? It’s easy to explain the basic, practical benefits – anyone who has been involved in planning a funeral for a loved one has experienced the many decisions that need to be made, often in a short time and under stressful circumstances. With a prearranged funeral, most of those details have already been accounted for.

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How to Implement a Lead Assessment and Grow Your Business

August 16, 2018 by Gary Weisenbach
Funeral Home Business

Do you keep a weekly checklist or journal to track where your leads are coming from? I’ve discovered throughout my career that few funeral professionals actually do. Creating a map that shows your measurements, data and ratios that you can analyze quarterly, mid-year and at year-end allows you to examine your progress and grow your business.

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What You Can Do to Help a Community in Mourning

August 09, 2018 by Danielle Burmeister

On June 24, 2009, Ed Thomas was in the weight room at Aplington-Parkersburg High School, coaching the school’s football team through their summer weight training program. A little before 8 a.m., a former player entered the school and opened fire, shooting and killing his former coach before fleeing the scene.

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