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How Funeral Professionals Can Support a Family That Has Lost a Child

July 01, 2021 by Barb Bloomquist
Featured, Aftercare

Losing a child is one of the most painful experiences a family can endure. Regardless of the circumstances surrounding the death or whether it’s an infant, teenager or adult child, the overwhelming grief the surviving family members experience is something funeral professionals are uniquely qualified to handle. And as difficult as it is to witness a families’ crushing sorrow, funeral professionals understand that expert care and compassionate service is exactly what these heartbroken families need. In recognition of Bereaved Parents Awareness Month, here are just a few of the invaluable ways you can help grieving families during the most difficult days of their lives.

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3 Takeaways from Chadwick Boseman’s Online Memorialization

September 03, 2020 by Sarah Loghry
Featured, Aftercare, Funeral Planning

I found out about actor Chadwick Boseman’s death 48 minutes after his Twitter account acknowledged his passing. Like many of us, I found out online: My sister sent me the news through Facebook Messenger.

Boseman was best known for playing King T’Challa in Marvel’s Black Panther, the first Black solo superhero in Marvel comic book history. I still remember how I felt watching Black Panther in theaters. By the time it was over, I had decided it was one of the best Marvel movies ever made, and that’s coming from a die-hard Captain America fan. In addition to playing King T’Challa, Boseman portrayed real-life heroes Jackie Robinson, James Brown and Thurgood Marshall, becoming an icon and symbol for many in the Black community.

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Aftercare Ideas That Really Make a Difference

August 20, 2020 by Barb Bloomquist
Featured, Aftercare

Whether your funeral home offers a formal aftercare program or you’re just getting started, providing ongoing care to your client families is a natural extension of the compassionate services you already offer. Aftercare is also an ideal opportunity to educate the entire community about the valuable programs your firm provides.

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Simple Memorial Service Ideas for the Holidays

October 31, 2019 by Sarah Loghry
Aftercare, Funeral Planning

Each year, funeral professionals make connections with hundreds of people in their community and beyond. Many of the people you serve are approaching their first holiday season without their loved one. Grief during the holidays is challenging for many families, but your firm can help them navigate this difficult time. Funeral professionals are busy, but luckily, you don’t have to spend an entire year planning for a holiday memorial service. Take a look at these simple ideas you can use to connect with families this holiday season.

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3 Creative Aftercare Ideas for Your Funeral Home Business

July 25, 2019 by Danielle Burmeister
Aftercare

Aftercare is a critically important part of any successful funeral home business. A thoughtful aftercare program can equip you to care for your community in new and different ways, build your brand and help you remain top of mind when families need a funeral provider.

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How to Start a Funeral Home Aftercare Program

April 11, 2019 by Alyssa McNab
Aftercare

A family’s experience with your funeral home doesn’t end immediately after the funeral, and neither does their potential need for grief support. Your firm can serve an important role in this capacity, providing aftercare that offers much-need resources during difficult times and helps extend relationships within the community you serve.

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What You Can Do to Help a Community in Mourning

August 09, 2018 by Danielle Burmeister
Aftercare

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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7 Ways to Celebrate Father’s Day without Dad

June 14, 2018 by Sarah Loghry
Aftercare

The first time I experienced the death of a loved one was only a few years ago when my grandfather passed away. It wasn’t sudden by any means, so my family had a little time to come to terms with the idea. I’m a people watcher, so I spent a lot of time observing how my family members dealt with their grief. I had always heard that people deal with grief differently, but I hadn’t experienced it before. These differences appear more intensely during the holidays or anniversary of his passing.

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7 Ways to Remember a Loved One this Mother’s Day

May 10, 2018 by Sarah Loghry
Aftercare

Losing a mother can bring unimaginable grief. When I first sat down to write this blog, there was one story I couldn’t get out of my head. The story is about an Iowa mother who lost a prolonged health battle and passed away earlier this year. Unlike a typical news article, the reporter who wrote the story is her son.

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Youth and Funerals: A New Resource for Families

April 26, 2018 by Danielle Burmeister
Featured, Aftercare, Funeral Planning

A dear friend of mine recently lost her grandmother. The night she died, the family gathered together to prepare for the next morning’s meeting with their funeral service provider. As they sat around the kitchen table sharing stories, organizing photos and collecting tidbits for the obituary, the inevitable question arose: “What are we going to do with the kids?”

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