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3 Takeaways from Chadwick Boseman’s Online Memorialization

September 03, 2020 by Sarah Loghry
Grief, Memorial Service, Featured, Aftercare

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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3 Creative Aftercare Ideas for Your Funeral Home Business

July 25, 2019 by Danielle Burmeister

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

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

May 10, 2018 by Sarah Loghry
Grief, 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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Remembering a Loved One on Valentine’s Day

February 08, 2018 by Sarah Loghry
Grief, Aftercare

After the glitz and glamour of the major winter holidays, many people forget about the mid-February day dedicated to love and romance. While many resources focus on remembering and honoring loved ones during those major holidays, Valentine’s Day can be just as emotional for families.

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Grief During the Holidays: 5 Aftercare Ideas for Funeral Professionals

November 09, 2017 by Sarah Loghry
Grief, Aftercare

Our first family Thanksgiving after my grandfather passed away was strange, to say the least. My entire extended family arrived at my aunt’s house, making an effort to be together for my grandma. First, a toilet exploded, creating a huge mess in one of the bathrooms and forcing us to shut off the water to the entire house. Then, the oven broke mid-way through cooking the large turkey my aunt had purchased for my two dozen family members. When we sat down to eat off of paper plates and cups to avoid dirty dishes, the back of my uncle’s chair snapped off, and he almost tumbled on to the floor. We decided that this was my grandpa’s way of making sure we all knew he was there, still creating havoc.

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8 Simple Aftercare Ideas that Make a Difference

September 14, 2017 by Sarah Loghry
Aftercare, Funeral Home Business

A strong aftercare program is a necessary aspect of funeral service, with program benefits that can far outweigh the cost. Aftercare is an extension of the support you provide to families, which helps build loyalty to your firm. Continuing end-of-life care with funeral aftercare services can create more satisfied customers who could become brand advocates and recommend your firm to others. Plus, aftercare can open the door to future prearrangements from family members. If you are ready to start providing this excellent value-added service to your client families, take a look at these simple aftercare ideas.

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Interview: Understanding Grieving Styles for your Funeral Home Aftercare

June 15, 2017 by Alyssa McNab
Grief, Aftercare

Among the many roles that funeral directors fill, one of the most important is serving as a compassionate resource for grieving families. By understanding the differing needs of people who have experienced a loss, funeral professionals can be equipped to ensure clients get the aftercare support they need during this difficult time.

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Enhance Your Aftercare with Children’s Grief Support Resources

October 18, 2016 by Homesteaders Life Company

My dad died in the winter of 1999 after a long battle with respiratory illness. Among the flurry (and blur) of decisions we were making for his memorial service, I was struggling with whether or not to allow my young children to attend his funeral. At the time, my daughter was eight years old and my son was five. Neither of them had ever attended a funeral before. Questions raced through my mind…

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