How to get your funeral home ready for the funeral home holiday
A funeral home’s mission is to care for the deceased and to provide the right service.
For many of the funeral homes on the market, this is about as straightforward as a business can get, with little to no need to invest in the care of the body or the funeral process itself.
And that’s a good thing, according to an industry survey.
According to an infographic by the funeral business consultancy IAM, funeral homes make up one-third of the overall funeral industry.
It also found that the funeral industry has seen a sharp increase in the number of funerals, and it’s growing fast.
“It is hard to say how much of an increase is due to technological improvements,” IAM’s CEO, Dr. James Brown, said.
“But I think that technology is a significant contributor to the growth.”
The infographic shows that while technology has helped increase the number and complexity of funeral homes’ operations, the increase is not without a price tag.
While funeral homes are able to increase their operations by a few thousand dollars per year, Brown explained that there are also other costs that funeral homes have to cover.
For instance, Brown noted that the cost of the casket can go up, and that funerals need to hire more body diversions, which can be expensive.
“You need a lot of casket diversions and embalming equipment,” Brown said.
He added that a funeral home is also expected to be more expensive in the longer run.
While there’s little doubt that the rise in funeral home activity is the result of technological advancements, the industry also needs to do a better job of marketing the services they provide, especially to younger families and people who are not currently funeral homes.
Brown also found some concern that some funeral homes do not do a good job of communicating with the public.
“The biggest problem I’ve seen in the funeral services industry is that we do not have a good communication with the community,” he said.IAM recommends that funeral directors and funeral homes start engaging with the general public about the services their customers are receiving and the services that are available.
The agency also recommends that any funeral home that advertises on the Internet or through social media do so through a public website.
“We need to work with them to make sure they have an understanding of how people use their products,” Brown added.
For the most part, IAM recommends funeral directors work with people that they know and trust to ensure that the information they’re providing is accurate.
Brown also said that funeral home directors should educate their customers about the risks associated with using a service like the IAM app.
While it may be tempting to get an IAM funeral director, it’s important to make the transition from an ICA to a funeral professional before you take on any additional duties.
IAM also encourages funeral directors to get background checks on the person they hire to oversee their services, and to always follow through with a proper investigation when a complaint comes in about a funeral.
“A lot of times the funeral service goes wrong and people get hurt or hurt badly,” Brown explained.
“It can be very upsetting for people who were involved in it to find out that it went wrong.”
The IAM data also shows that funeral professionals do not typically have a lot to do on their own.
For example, I am not sure how many of those who received death certificates from funeral homes in 2017 actually completed the paperwork necessary to receive a burial.
I was not able to reach a representative from a funeral director for this story, but the data does show that the vast majority of funeral home personnel do not perform any of the duties listed on the ICA.
It is important to note, though, that it is still important to provide services to people who need them the most.
“There is a very high percentage of people who do not need a funeral, who do have to have a funeral,” Brown noted.
“So if you have a family member who needs a funeral service, you should probably be able to provide it.”