Page B10 JUNE 2020 FUNERAL HOME & CEMETERY NEWS S ec t i on B Springfield Coach Groups Creates Urn Palanquin for Cremation Services Miller Berry and Sons, Inc. acquired by Thacker Caskets LYNN,NC— After over twelve months of product devel- opment, Funeral Home Gifts, is excited to announce the introduction of its new fully personalized photo urn. “In the development of this urn we did not guess at what we thought families would want,” said Funeral Home Gifts president Karl Weisenbeck. “We actually held fo- cus groups of family members referred by our funeral home customers and they all said the same thing - an urn that beautifully memorializes their loved one while fit- ting into the home or office setting where it would be dis- played. When we brought them back to see the urn me- morializing their family member, they absolutely loved what we had come up with and we were convinced that we could provide something of real value that funeral di- rectors could sell. And because each urn is individually handmade and available for next day delivery, it elimi- nates the need for funeral homes to carry inventory.” Available in both vertical and horizontal formats, Fu- neral Home Gifts new photo urn can be printed in high definition with up to five images and custom text cre- ating a classic presentation as a standalone centerpiece at memorial services. And when displayed with Funer- al Home Gifts Tribute Blanket and other personal items cherished by the deceased family member, it truly trans- forms a standard service into a ‘wow experience’. Funeral Home Gifts is the premier provider of person- alization products to funeral homes throughout North America. To learn more about Funeral Home Gifts new photo urn and it’s many other personalization products, call 800-233-0439, e-mail Weisenbeck directly at karlw@ funeralhomegifts.com or visit www.funeralhomegifts.com. up a link that can be shared with family and friends. When the videos have come in, they can be shared online or easily stitched together using the Tukios tribute video software. Curtis Funk, CEO of Tukios said, “I’ve been testing this product in my own family with several different types of events, from Birthdays to Graduations and the results have been awesome! I’ve watched the recipients laugh COVID-19 INDUSTRY RESPONSE Tukios Launches SendHugs SendHugs Promo Free AmpliVox Megaphone for Traffic Control at COVID Drive-up Testing Sites, honoring National Nurses Week COVID-19 INDUSTRY RESPONSE AmpliVox S600NR Mini-Meg 10-Watt Megaphone, available free to COVID-19 test sites. Inset: former nurse, Nancy Roth. The AmpliVox SW6825 provides an AmpliVox Mega Hailer and 2.4 GHz Digital Wireless Headset Transmitter and Receiver. NORTHBROOK,IL— AmpliVox Sound Systems , a long-time sup- porter of first responders and medi- cal personnel, salutes National Nurs- es Week with the continued offer of a free AmpliVox megaphone to any COVID-19 drive-up testing site. The megaphone can help control traffic and provide clear, audible instruc- tions to participants in their cars. The megaphone, AmpliVox Model S600NR projects strong, clear sound up to 100 yards. “We enthusiastically salute our na- tion’s nurses who are doing a spectacu- lar job caring for COVID patients and protecting the public,” said AmpliVox CEO Don Roth . “My late wife Nan- cy had a nursing degree, and I think of the dedication and compassion she showed to others as I think of the in- credible job nurses are doing now.” Said Roth, “Not only nurses, but all personnel testing and treating for CO- VID need our help. AmpliVox’s busi- ness is voice amplification, and we are happy to support the pandemic recov- ery effort by helping people in their cars clearly hear instructions from test- ing personnel.” The free megaphone is available through June 30 to COVID-19 drive- through testing sites (limit one free megaphone per site, please). The Mini- Meg 10-Watt Megaphone weighs just two pounds, has a built-in siren and fold-up handle. It works from four D- cell batteries, providing up to 20 hours of continuous talk time. To get the free megaphone call Am- pliVox at 800-267-5486 and ask for Jason, ext. 442, or Patrick, ext. 438. If you can’t get through on the 800 number, dial directly: Jason, 847-504- 8442, or Patrick, 847-504-8438. CLINTON,MD— Thacker Caskets is excited to an- nounce that the company has reached an agreement with Miller Berry and Sons, Inc for an asset pur- chase as of May 12, 2020. Miller Berry and Sons, Inc is a multigeneration- al family-owned business since 1968. The company is a leading funeral suppli- er in adjustable bed mech- anisms, bed mounting brackets, bed frames, and bed mattresses. Before de- ciding to retire, The Miller Berry team wanted to en- sure that their longstand- ing customers will con- tinue to receive quality customer service. To make certain that their custom- ers’ needs are being met, the company that acquires Miller Berry must be an in- dependently owned busi- ness with the capability of understanding the value of building and maintain- ing long-term relationships with customers. Thacker has been pro- viding innovative prod- ucts, made right here in the United States for over 80 years. A commitment to customer service has been a cornerstone of the business since its inception and their new customers acquired from Miller Berry can ex- pect the same level of de- pendability to be passed on to them. Miller Berry cus- tomers can trust that their reliable source for mattress- es and hardware will con- tinue to be there. From the very beginning, Thacker’s mission has been to be the most trusted sup- plier to more families by providing an honest prod- uct at an honest price, with honest service. The acquisi- tion of Miller Berry is just another step by Thacker to maintain its high standards of customer satisfaction with high-quality products. Thacker Caskets is devot- ed to being the most verti- cally integrated funeral sup- ply company in the nation and this asset purchase pro- vides another way to up- hold that objective. The production of products will be transferred to the Thack- er Manufacturing Plant in Florence, AL, where the finest product will contin- ue to be provided with in- house quality control. Thacker Caskets has been the leading family-owned funeral supply compa- ny since 1939. To learn more about Thacker and its acquisition of Mill- er Berry and Sons, Inc, call 800-637-8891 or visit www.thackercaskets.com . SPRINGFIELD,MO— Springfield Coach Groups has re- leased a new urn palanquin to enhance cremation services. This new product is a great economic option for those hoping to capture the essence and sentiment of a traditional funeral. Palanquins are a conveyance formerly used in eastern Asia, usually for one person, that is transported on the shoulders of men by means of poles. Now, urn palan- quins complement memorial services of any kind to hon- or a loved one in a dignified and luxurious way. Springfield Coach Group’s urn palanquin features di- rect LED lighting, powered by a 9-volt battery, to illu- minate the urn within it. Palanquins offer stable sup- port bars for travel, and each urn palanquin comes with matching hardware. In comparison to similar products, this palanquin is lightweight and easy to transport. Orders are individually handcrafted in their Spring- field location. The weather-resistant finish on all palan- quins guarantees the weather will not disrupt the beau- ty of the cremation service. For more information, visit www.SCGlimo.com, or call 417-866-6565. Funeral Home Gifts Launches Personalized Photo Urn OGDEN,UT— Tukios is thrilled to announce the beta launch of a new feature, SendHugs, a virtual way for friends and family to send their love to the bereaved. This service allows for loved ones to share their favorite sto- ries, memories, and express their love to the family via re- corded video messages. It works from any computer or mo- bile device with a camera. The funeral director simply sets and cry while they hear the reasons peo- ple care about them.” Tukios is the indus- try-leading tribute video software serv- ing thousands of fu- neral homes around the globe. Tukios launched in 2010 in order to make the lives of busy funeral direc- tors easier by saving time and money on memorial videos. Tukios offers free trials to anyone interested in learning more about their tribute video creation software. To see a demo or set up a free trial, call 801-682-4391 or email support@tukios. com. Those that would like to try this new service at their funeral should visit to request access.