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Remembering Loved Ones During the Holidays

November 20, 2020 by Dean Lambert
Have the Talk of a Lifetime, Featured Article

Like every other year, the leaves changed and fell and the Black Friday ads started too soon. We turned back our clocks and hunkered down as the chill of late Autumn set in. But let’s face it: The holidays are going to be very, very different this season.

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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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Funeral Procession Etiquette and Guidelines

November 05, 2020 by Barb Bloomquist
Featured, Funeral Etiquette

Most of us have either witnessed or been part of a funeral procession. The images are somber and moving, alerting the entire community that one of their own has died. Growing up in small-town Iowa, I remember more than a few occasions when my parents pulled over our car to wait for what seemed to be an endless stream of cars driving by in slow-motion, headlights beaming, flags proudly waving. Once the final car passed, we’d proceed. 

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3 Ways to Reach Out during NFDA

October 15, 2020 by Dr. Jason Troyer
Industry Events, Finding Resilience, Guest Post

Funeral service is a lonely profession. Your non-funeral professional friends don’t want to hear about the challenges of your daily work. They don’t want to know about your surprise inspection, that a casket arrived with a huge dent or how you spent hours in the prep room getting ready for a viewing. However, a few times a year, funeral professionals have the opportunity to be surrounded by people who truly understand them at the state and national conventions and expos.

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4 Reasons You Don’t Want to Miss the NFDA Convention

October 08, 2020 by Alyssa McNab
Featured, Industry Events

This has been a year of many “firsts” – of adapting to challenges and coming together (even if we can’t be together physically) to find new ways of doing things that will help us move forward. This year’s NFDA International Convention & Expo (October 20-22) is no exception, as the National Funeral Directors Association makes plans to hold this highly anticipated event in a virtual format for the first time ever.

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What Innovative Funeral Homes are Doing to Stay Ahead

October 01, 2020 by Alyssa McNab
Featured, Funeral Home Business

Thinking ahead to “what’s next” can be particularly tough when day-to-day-tasks are demanding and the short-term future seems uncertain. But innovative funeral home owners and managers aren’t just thinking about the technology, services and products their client families want now. They’re looking ahead to how those current needs could influence consumers’ perceptions and the types of experiences their communities may expect from them in the future.

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3 Simon Sinek Insights That Will Resonate with Funeral Professionals

September 24, 2020 by Alyssa McNab
Featured, Industry Events, Funeral Home Business

In the introduction to his latest book, The Infinite GameSimon Sinek sets up a situation that will likely resonate with anyone grappling with the hard decisions brought on by the current global health crisis. The 2020 NFDA International Convention & Expo keynote speaker notes that people are, “naturally inclined to seek out immediate solutions to uncomfortable problems and prioritize quick wins to advance our ambitions.”

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How to Become a Top Workplace in Your Community

September 17, 2020 by Judy Ralston-Hansen
Funeral Home Workplace

Homesteaders is proud to be named a Top Iowa Workplace for the sixth year in a row. Our team is dedicated to creating a culture where every team member feels welcome, trusted and heard. This year, our employees ranked us high in the areas of leadership, integrity, appreciation and work-life balance.

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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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Navigating Uncertain Times: Resources for Funeral Professionals

August 28, 2020 by Alyssa McNab
Featured, Funeral Home Business

During the past few months, funeral professionals have demonstrated at an even higher level what they’ve always been capable of: compassion, dedication and the adaptability required to provide the best possible service for families. In spite of challenging circumstances, funeral professionals continue to find creative ways to serve clients with attentive care.

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