March 2018

Page A14 MARCH 2018 FUNERAL HOME & CEMETERY NEWS S ec t i on A Muster Coaches Calhoun, KY 1-800-274-3619 Allen Smith and Jim Beckett of Wallace Funeral Home & Chapel, Barboursville, WV pictured with Nathan Hurst (center), VP of Sales for Specialty Vehicles of Amelia, OH, taking delivery of their new Federal Coach and Federal 6-Door Limo sold by Muster Coaches. Wallace Funeral Home & Chapel US Cremation Equipment leads the way. It all comes down to… PERFORMANCE! • Service Performance · Rapid Response Times · Attentive to Your Needs · Experienced & Knowledgeable Equipment Performance · Low Cost Ef cient Operation · No Cool-Down Between Cases · Fast Processing Times · Longer Equipment Life · Obese Case Capacity · Fully Automated Controls Call 321.282.7357 We build the best and service the rest. Passare ® Releases the Next Generation of the Family Collaboration Center ABILENE,TX— Passare, Inc is proud to an- nounce the release of the next generation of the online Family Collaboration Center. Passare’s Family Collaboration Center helps funeral directors connect and communicate with families throughout the funeral planning process, from imminent need planning to fol- low-up items such as death certificate tracking. Family members, friends, and even caregivers can be invited to collaborate on arrangements in real time to enter biographical information, service preferences, obituary information, and much more. The next generation of the Fam- ily Collaboration Center is even more intui- tive, versatile, and user-friendly, and it includes many new features and updates. “We are very excited to unveil the next genera- tion of Passare’s Family Collaboration Center,” said Jay Thomas, CEO of Passare. “We have added explanatory and educational videos that guide families through the funeral planning process and provide answers to frequently asked questions. A new section called ‘Loved One’s Story’ was added where family and friends can share important information that helps to build a more personal and meaningful tribute for their loved one. We have also added document sharing capabilities, links to funeral planning resources, reminders, and much more.” Every piece of information shared in the Fam- ily Collaboration Center is accessible from the platform’s case management system, saving time on data entry for each case. Having the fami- ly enter the biographical and other information online at their own convenience allows funer- al directors to spend more time during the ar- rangement conference creating a more personal- ized and meaningful funeral experience. “Our goal as a software provider is to pursue continuous improvement,” added Jay. “We keep pushing to provide the funeral profession with a best-in-class service they can proudly use with their families. We know that for many of our cli- ents, the Family Collaboration Center is an in- valuable tool for connecting and communicat- ing with families, and the need for sophisticated It saddens us to announce that long time columnist Gary Finch has died. Gary passed away January 10, 2018 after a two-month plus battle with multiple infections. A licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer inTexas, Gary and his wife Paulette founded Compliance Plus in 1992. The firm grew to represent over 700 funeral homes and cemeteries in 37 states and serves as an advisory consultant for the International Order of the Golden Rule . Gary began contributing to this publication with the monthly OSHA Compliance column in 2003. Gary was very active in his community having served as president of the Nixon School Board and the Lions Club. He was a member of the Texas Funeral Directors Association , the National Funeral Directors Association , and the Realty Board. Gary was a member of First United Methodist Church of Nixon and served as a Lay Leader, Lay Speaker, Lay Servant, and Lay Delegate to the Methodist National Convention for three years. He also served in the Army National Guard Reserves for six years. Recently, Gary and Paulette began assisting a local church with their time and financial resources. Paulette asks that memorial contributions be made to Harris Chapel United Methodist Church, 306 South Liberty Avenue, Nixon, Texas 78140. A Celebration of Life service will be held on March 2, 2018 at First United Methodist Church, 400 N. Franklin, Nixon, Texas. A Tribute to Gary Finch communication tools like this is only going to increase in the coming years.” Passare is the funeral industry’s only cloud-based collaboration system with integrated case management. With Passare, funeral directors can connect and communicate with families any- time, anywhere, using any internet- connected device. Passare features a va- riety of integrations with some of the funeral profession’s leading providers such as ASD, CFS, funeralOne, Mes- senger, Frazier Consultants, Federat- ed, Funeral Directors Life, and many more, which allows funeral profession- als to save time, streamline processes, and collaborate as a team on cases. To request a free demo or to view the new Family Collaboration Center, go to .