The Delicate Balance of Your Family, Your Life and Your Family Business
Mark Busch, Founder, AI Intuitive
Mark is the former fourth-generation co-owner of Busch Funeral and Crematory Services. After 40+ years in his family business, Mark has a wealth of knowledge and experience navigating the complexities of family dynamics and running a family business. He will share his business story, the 'do's and don'ts,' career life experiences, and the game-changers for his family and business. In addition, Mark will discuss the present and future of family businesses and provide a toolbox of techniques to help you balance your family life and family business.
The Centennial of the Funeral of the Unknown Soldier
Todd Van Beck, Director of Graduate Studies, John A. Gupton College
It was 8:30 a.m. on Armistice Day, November 11, 1921. Gun honors sounded from Fort Myer and continued every 60 seconds during the five-hour funeral and burial ceremony. No military leader, regardless of rank or achievements who died in the course of any war received such a funeral as this soldier who on this day would be interred as the Unknown Soldier in America’s most hallowed and revered cemetery – Arlington. In recognition of the centennial of the funeral of the first Unknown Soldier, this program documents the selection process of the first unknown soldier, the intricate detail of transferring the sacred remains back home to the United States, the dedicated work and services of Washington, D.C. undertaker, John R. Wright, and a detailed description via rare images in a PowerPoint program of the actual ritual and ceremony.
Finding a Middle Ground with Cremation Families
Eugene Wagner, Funeral Director, Wagner Family Funerals-Connelly Chapel
There is an opportunity in the funeral service to provide families a choice between direct cremation or a cremation preceded by a traditional funeral service. The middle ground enables us to provide nearly 100% viewings, even in light of the current health crisis and almost 100% embalmings. Most importantly, we received 100% thanks from the families. Today, visitations are shortened to "private family viewings" that are less structured and often occur over a day or two. Services are "unpublished" - meaning no viewing times are provided in the newspaper. Also, the invitation to participate in a memorial service is conducted by family members on social media. The middle ground acknowledges the death and allows for an "in-person" viewing while eliminating the all-or-nothing extremes.
Customer Service; Professional Skills
Practical Ideas to Reach Your Caregiver Community
Jeff Smith, Owner, Smith North Little Rock Funeral Home
The days of sitting and waiting for the phone to ring are long gone. In a climate of increasing numbers of low-cost competitors, funeral directors must learn how to tell their firm's story to caregivers. The same skills that help you with families will help you market to caregivers and grow your market share. You'll discover five highly effective and easy-to-implement caregiver marketing ideas and learn how to "show" the community what you're doing through social media. Smith will provide examples and photos demonstrating these skills in practice.