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Simple Memorial Service Ideas for the Holidays

October 31, 2019 by Sarah Loghry
Grief, Memorial Service

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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7 Ways to Celebrate Father’s Day without Dad

June 14, 2018 by Sarah Loghry
Grief

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
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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Youth and Funerals: A New Resource for Families

April 26, 2018 by Danielle Burmeister
Grief, Featured, Funeral Home Customer Service, Funeral Etiquette

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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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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Why is it Important to Say Goodbye?

August 17, 2017 by Joan Schoborg
Grief, Featured

In my lifetime, I have experienced the deaths of two people very close to me. First was my father and second was my daughter.

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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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What Families Need to Know About Planning a Funeral in Advance

April 13, 2017 by Sarah Loghry
Grief, Featured, Funeral Home Customer Service

People often feel nervous and hesitant when others bring up death and dying, which can sometimes lead to misunderstandings about death care. While it is important to offer preneed at your funeral home to better serve your client families, those same families may not always understand some of the topics you’re planning to discuss. Here are a few ways that you can explain some common misconceptions about planning a funeral in advance.

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Grieving During the Holidays: Facing your Grief Fears

December 08, 2016 by Dr. Jason Troyer
Grief

Lucille made many changes after Duane, her husband of 43 years, died last May. In the midst of her grief, she learned to handle her household finances, decided to remain in her home for a few more years and took a painting class at the local community center. She discovered that she shouldn’t use the auto maintenance shop near the mall because they would try to scare her into purchasing extra services, and she knew the best time to go to the fitness center to avoid the crowds.

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