In my work with funeral directors everyday I am blessed with the opportunity to serve a truly unique and committed group of individuals. This is a great story in the spirit of this effort.*
Phil Miller of Hays has seen and done it all in the funeral service business, and at the end of the month he’ll retire after 49 years in the industry, the last 42 at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home in North Wilkesboro. “I’ve done a little bit of everything in the funeral business, from opening graves to putting up and taking down tents,” he said in an interview Tuesday. “If you name it, I’ve done it—wait on families, work funerals, sell cemetery properties, sell pre-needs, sell monuments.” Miller, 70, said
Source: Looking back on 49 years in funeral service | News | journalpatriot.com
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When a loved one passes away, it’s difficult to cope with the grief and adjust to life without them. By finding a way to honor and remember them, family and friends can have a piece of them to hold onto forever.From making a keepsake to creating an annual tradition, thereare many ways to honor a loved one. That’s why we’ve created this compilation of 101 unique ways to memorialize them.
Source: 101 Unique Ways to Memorialize a Loved One
In addition to this article, be sure to read the specific story about the popularity of crowdfunding for funerals in Philadelphia, PA.
It’s not just in Philadelphia either. Communities across the country turn to crowdfunding. NerdWallet obtained data from four popular third-party crowdfunding sites. They found that the “Funerals, Memorials & Tributes” category is not only one of the largest, it’s the fastest growing. And on top of that, funeral crowdfunding campaigns tend to raise more money than other charitable fundraisers, with the average campaign raising $3,000. In fact, since 2010, more than $340 million has been raised for funeral-related campaigns.
Source: How Funeral Directors Can Embrace Crowdfunding
This is a great article about the prominence of crowdfunding campaigns for funerals in Philadelphia. If you are a funeral home in Philadelphia and you are running the Frazer web site platform, you have crowdfunding built right in to your web site. One of the big benefits of this is the fact that you don’t have to worry about getting paid once the campaign is over. The contributions flow directly to you. This also gives you added control and combined with our obituary platform, increases the potential for every funeral crowdfunding campaign you run. This is good for both the funeral home and their client families.
In general, the Philadelphia Funeral Directors Association doesn’t recommend people use crowdfunding sites to pay for funerals, per Eirkson: “On a high level, there have been concerns.” Eirkson worries people will book expensive funerals dependent on the goal listed on their crowdfunding pages, and then they won’t actually raise enough money to cover the costs. Even if the money does come through, what if the recipient never ends up forwarding it to the funeral director? If you must use a crowdfunding site, Eirkson said, he recommends you discuss your options with your funeral director directly.
Source: More than in other cities, Philly families resort to crowdfunding for funeral costs