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2018 International Convention & Expo for Funeral Directors

on Wed, Oct 10, 2018 @ 09:45 AM By | Harrison Friedes | 0 Comments | Events / Conferences Funeral Homes
The National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) is hosting its International Convention & Expo October 14 - 17 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The event has the largest funeral service expo in the world and features a plethora of continuing education (CE) opportunities, pre-convention seminars, general sessions and workshops, product and services exhibits, and social events. The NFDA launched its first convention in Rochester, N.Y., and celebrated the 100th rendition in 1982. The organization currently has over 20,000 individual members which make up nearly 11,000 funeral homes in the United States and 49 countries around the world. Funeral directors from around the globe will participate as attendees and or presenters while exhibitors consist of companies like CrossCheck (details below) that provide goods and services to help funeral directors achieve success and remain profitable.
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What Is the Cost of a Funeral and How Can You Pay for It?

on Mon, Apr 03, 2017 @ 06:45 AM By | Brandes Elitch | 0 Comments | Brandes Elitch Funeral Homes
Last December, the Experian credit bureau released data from its FileOne database (per the blog) about what happens financially when someone dies. Yes, this is a pretty sobering subject, and one that we are familiar with here at CrossCheck. You see, CrossCheck has hundreds of funeral homes that rely on us to help them every week. We stand in at the point of sale in a funeral home to help the bereaved pay for the cost of a funeral without having to apply for credit or pay interest or take out another unsecured credit card. Some consumers call our product a “life-saver,” but we wouldn’t use that phrase in this case.
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How Funeral Home Directors Can Offset the High Cost of Dying

on Fri, Dec 11, 2015 @ 10:00 AM By | Maria Shayna Tzouvelekis | 0 Comments | Funeral Homes
Chances are, most Americans can't afford to die — die and have a proper burial, that is. The cost of a decent funeral is skyrocketing. The National Funeral Directors Association compared prices for funeral processions and services from 2004 to 2014 and discovered that the previous cost of $6,580 for a viewing, burial and often required funeral vault is now $8,508.
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How Successful Funeral Home Directors Use Halloween

on Thu, Oct 08, 2015 @ 07:00 AM By | Tom Lombardo | 0 Comments | Funeral Homes
Sales coaches in every industry tell us the best way to start a relationship is with an exceptional experience. So successful funeral home directors try to find a way to make that happen long before their services are required. It's a tough slog because even today there's still negative press about your industry, but it can get a little easier at this time of year. Halloween and funeral homes were made for each other - just so long as you're hyper-sensitive to the families you've already served.
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Timely Advice for Funeral Home Directors: Newsjack Digital Death

on Thu, Jul 23, 2015 @ 10:00 AM By | Tom Lombardo | 0 Comments | Funeral Homes
Independent funeral home directors own over four out of five funeral homes in the United States, and many of those businesses have been serving their area for generations. Most feel that they know their community, and certainly that’s true.
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Funeral Directors Can Profit From History & Transparency

on Tue, May 19, 2015 @ 11:15 AM By | Tom Lombardo | 0 Comments | Funeral Homes
According to a recent study by New York University, the funeral industry, or at least something along those lines, was invented by Neanderthals 50,000 years ago.
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Funeral Directors: The Latest Trend in Dying? Talk About It First

on Wed, Mar 25, 2015 @ 09:32 AM By | Tom Lombardo | 0 Comments | Funeral Homes
Three out of four Americans believe in the afterlife, and the largest study ever conducted to find out if they’re right made some tantalizing discoveries indicating that they might be. Taking that into consideration and adding the dramatic changes in people’s awareness of their own mortality, radical shifts in attitudes towards end-of-life care, and a newfound willingness to talk about these things, funeral home directors may find that they have a completely new way to market their services.
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Are Funeral Directors Saying Goodbye to Traditional Services?

on Fri, Feb 27, 2015 @ 07:00 AM By | Brandon Weaver | 0 Comments | Funeral Homes
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The Exciting and Unexpected Future of the Funeral Home Industry

on Tue, Dec 09, 2014 @ 09:00 AM By | Tom Lombardo | 0 Comments | Funeral Homes
When Jessica Mitford published American Way of Death in 1963, independent entrepreneurs owned every single funeral home in the United States. And while ignoring the fact that they continued to innovate for decades to meet their market’s changing demands, critics heralding Mitford’s expose arrived at the conclusion still trumpeted in the book’s Amazon description today: funerals are expensive because of “the greed and ingenuity of undertakers, whom [Mitford] regards as salesmen guilty of pressuring families into agreeing to their excessive standards for burial.”
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