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Thank You, Funeral Professionals

March 11, 2021 by Alyssa McNab
Featured, Funeral Directors

Even in relatively “typical” conditions, funeral professionals help families navigate extraordinarily difficult situations with compassionate service. But we all know the past year was anything but typical as funeral professionals were suddenly among those who were called on to respond quickly and tirelessly to help their communities through the challenges of the pandemic.

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5 Pieces of Advice for Overwhelmed Funeral Professionals

December 11, 2020 by Dr. Jason Troyer
Funeral Directors, Finding Resilience

Let’s get the bad news out of the way: People all over the world have faced unimaginable loss this year – lost jobs, lost opportunities and, yes, lost loved ones. All of these losses can lead to additional stress on relationships, extra challenges for parents of school-age children, limited contact with our family and friends, financial hardship and acute anxiety. Funeral professionals specifically have faced increased danger in your job duties, added career stress and frustration as you improvise ways to best serve families.

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Why We’re More Thankful Than Ever for Funeral Professionals

November 13, 2020 by Alyssa McNab
Featured, Funeral Directors

During this season and amidst the unprecedented obstacles the year has brought, it’s important to take a moment to reflect with gratitude. Our Homesteaders family is grateful for all of the funeral professionals who have stepped up in incredible ways to adapt, innovate and expand how you serve families during these times.

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Time-Saving Tools for Funeral Directors in 2019

January 17, 2019 by Sarah Loghry
Funeral Directors, Funeral Home Business

For about a year, I worked for a small nonprofit in my home state. There were six total employees, two of whom worked remotely. My job was a combination of communications and administration and included tasks like managing all the social media platforms, writing emails and updating the website, plus managing the accounting, creating invoices, paying bills, organizing direct mail, restocking the office supplies and coordinating with vendors and donors for events. I was busy, to say the least.

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Great Stories from Funeral Service this Year

December 27, 2018 by Sarah Loghry
Memorial Service, Funeral Directors

As the new year approaches, it’s the perfect time to look back at 2018 and the amazing stories we’ve encountered. I have had the incredible opportunity to interview funeral home owners from all over the country this year for Homesteaders’ BluePrint™ newsletter, and each one of them had a story that has stuck with me. Funeral professionals lead very important and busy lives, especially during the holidays when they often have to give up time with their own families to help community members through significant losses.

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5 Characteristics that Make Us Grateful for Funeral Professionals

November 15, 2018 by Alyssa McNab
Funeral Directors

One of my colleagues at Homesteaders recently shared her thoughts about working with funeral professionals, and one comment in particular really resonated with me: “They are just the kind of people that you want to know,” she said. “They have the biggest hearts, and they would do anything for you.”

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How to Make the Most of Your Funeral Convention Experience

March 30, 2017 by Sarah Loghry
Funeral Directors, Industry Events, Funeral Home Workplace

‘Tis the season for funeral conventions! All across the United States, funeral directors and professionals gather to share new knowledge with each other and see the latest products from local and national vendors. For some, conventions and conferences aren’t as rewarding as they could be. To keep you engaged and informed, here are several things you can do to make your experience at a convention as rewarding and enjoyable as possible.

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Multitasking Tips for Busy Funeral Directors

January 26, 2017 by Alyssa McNab
Funeral Directors, Funeral Home Business

Fifteen minutes before an arrangement conference is scheduled to begin, the phone rings. It’s a caller who is interested in advance funeral planning and has questions about the process. You owe a call to the florist to coordinate a delivery. Your cell phone buzzes… again. The “unread emails” notification on your computer beckons. Tasks accumulate and your to-do list grows ever longer.

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Reasons We’re Grateful to Work with Funeral Professionals

November 22, 2016 by Alyssa McNab
Funeral Directors

As we prepare for the holidays and the end of the year approaches, we have an excellent opportunity to reflect on what we have to be grateful for. This reflection not only provides perspective on the vital role of funeral service in the lives of so many people each year, but also motivates us to continuously improve our offerings for funeral professionals and the families you serve.

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6 Ways to Inspire Others to Pursue Funeral Service Careers

May 24, 2016 by Dean Lambert
Funeral Directors, Funeral Home Workplace

My first experience with the funeral service profession was in 1993, when my marketing agency began working with a funeral home client. I was soon fascinated – no, enamored – with the profession. Following several successful marketing and public relations initiatives, I asked the owner of the funeral home about what it takes to become a funeral director. He said he predicted we’d have this conversation because of my obvious passion for the business and asked why I’d never considered a career in funeral service before.

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