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TOP STORY

Coffin or urn? Cremations are on the rise due to cost, environmental issues
AL.com
Cremation is a better alternative to traditional burial for a rising number of Americans, an October report from the National Funeral Directors Association shows. In fact, the agency said the national cremation rate is expected to surpass that of burial next year.
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HOT TOPICS


Urns for ashes: Baby's got blue eyes
Urn Garden
It's easy to get overwhelmed when you are shopping for an urn for ashes. Sometimes the customer will have the cremation urn narrowed down to a color choice, and often it's blue. The reasons vary.
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Hey funeral directors, move out of the way!
The Order of the Good Death
Seattle-based funeral director Jeff Jorgenson believes the funeral industry "does a horrible job at collaborating with families." Jorgenson runs his green/alternative funeral home, Elemental Cremation and Burial, and asks the question: "Why is it so hard for funeral directors to trust their families?"
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IN THE NEWS


FrontRunner releases new financing and market relief programs
Kates-Boylston Publications
FrontRunner Professional has announced the release of two new programs designed to help funeral professionals get — and keep — the advanced technology solutions they need to truly excel in the face of our rapidly changing markets.
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Funeral Research and Insight launched
Funeral Business Advisor
In an effort to better reflect the scope of its business and vision for the future, Research & Marketing Insight has added Funeral Research and Insight, a research business dedicated to the funeral profession, to its offerings. Rose Milto, who has been president of Research & Marketing Insight since its inception in 1999, will also serve as president of the new enterprise.
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As cremations rise, cemeteries rethink land use
USA Today
There are cemetery operators and national industry analysts who are part of a larger shift in consumer preferences away from ground burials. Cemetery operators are trying — and in some cases struggling — to figure out how best to serve clients on the land they occupy. Adoption of ground burial alternatives is happening slower in some parts of the country than in other parts, but the pace of adoption is helping leaders from some cemeteries rethink what could be added to typically pastoral landscapes.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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    Caught on camera: Funeral official loads body into pickup truck (WMC-TV)
Advance funeral planning: There's more to it (Nomis Publications)
Motorcycle urn for ashes pays tribute to bikers on Route 66 (Life in the Garden)
Louisiana directors encouraging families to 'have the talk of a lifetime' (Kates-Boylston Publications)
Greening the funeral industry (Nomis Publications)
Preparing your business for the new year: Start your resolutions now (Funeral Business Advisor)

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MANAGEMENT & MARKETING


The key thing that can make you a better business leader
American Express OPEN Forum
No matter your age or skill set, the biggest business mistake you can make is to stop learning. "Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death," Albert Einstein once said. Or, as Eartha Kitt once put it, "I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma." The pursuit of learning should indeed continue throughout our lifespan — it's an apprenticeship that never ends. No matter at what stage in life you are, it's important to continue to sharpen the saw.
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Redefining your email goals this holiday season
Business 2 Community
Have you been watching the clock count down and staring at your email stats with anxiety? We all have numbers to meet by the end of the year, but don't let these predetermined goals hold the reigns this holiday season. Take a step back and be flexible with your definition of success.
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