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Page A4 JULY 2019 FUNERAL HOME & CEMETERY NEWS S ec t i on A 1-800-366-2099 email@example.com Request a Brochure Hand CarvedMahogany Urns SHIPINMAN.COM | 888-889-8508 Introducing the Travel Plan Families Won’t Leave Behind It just so happens the talk of the funeral industry is also the standard of the industry. The Travel Plan by Inman guarantees a loved one will be returned if death occurs 100 miles or more from home. One fee and one call takes care of everything while putting families at ease. And because it’s commissionable, it’s an excellent way to keep good counselors engaged and on board. Especially since cremation is on the rise and funeral values are at a perceived low. The Travel Plan by Inman. The perfect plan for everyone. ©2018MKJMarketing SHIPINMAN.COM | 888-889-8508 Introducing the Travel Plan Families on’t Leave Behind It just so happens the talk of the funeral industry is also the standard of the industry. The Travel Plan by Inman guarantees a loved one will be returned if death occurs 100 miles or more from home. One fee and one call takes care of everything while putting families at ease. And because it’s commissionable, it’s an excellent w y to keep good counselors engaged and on board. Especially since cremation is on the rise an funeral values are at a perceived low. The Travel Plan by Inman. The perfect plan for everyone. ©2018 KJMarketing By Nancy Weil 1776 As 1776 is one of my favorites, it’s timely to rerun this column, which first appeared in the July 2018 issue. Every July I love watching my DVD of the musical 1776 . In the show, the months leading up to the signing of the Declaration of Independence is portrayed. While not en- tirely historically accurate, it does give us a peek into what life was like during that time. The Continental Congress is in session in Philadelphia, General Washington is sending dispatches of the situation out in the field and our nation is about to be birthed., Declarations are written, debates are held, tempers flare, alliances form and songs are sung about all of it. However, it is not just for the entertainment that I watch it over and over again. I gain such inspiration from being reminded of what people are willing to do for some- thing they believe in. Many of the members of congress were well off. They left their farms, their families and their livelihoods to serve their country. They were lawyers, planters, merchants and ship- pers. They all came from different backgrounds, but they Random Musings could keep them from their task at hand. Many of them were willing to risk everything, including being tried for treason by signing the Declaration of Independence. They were willing to wage war for freedom. They were will- ing to accept death as a possibility. They were willing to be seen by history as either traitors or patriots. While we now know the outcome, they did not as they debated each sen- tence of the Declaration committee’s proposal for indepen- dence from British rule. On July 2, 1776 independence was declared. On July 4, 1776 the Continental Congress passed the resolution and on August 2, 1776 it was signed. Today we celebrate the 4th of July with fireworks and barbeques. We gather safely in our homes with family and friends. We travel over the long weekend and never give much thought to the sacrifices it took in order for the United States of America to be born. It began with a group of men willing to risk everything to push forward the idea of independence. It began with a group of women willing to run the households, the farms and the family in order for their husbands to reside in Phila- delphia. It began with an army of young soldiers on both sides who fought a long war before our independence was achieved. Our country was born 243 years ago by a group of men who had the foresight, the integrity, the commitment and the courage to put forth to the world our right to “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” May we take a moment or two this month to remember what so many sacrificed, both then and in so many wars since, in order for us to live in the freedom we take for granted. God Bless America. www.nomispublications.com Funeral Home & Cemetery News Contributors share insights and exchange ideas. B logs Serving as Member Resources Director at the International Or- der of the Golden Rule, Nancy Weil brings her years of experi- ence working in the funeral industry to funeral directors across the globe. Her professional experience includes serving as Director of Grief Support and Community Outreach at Veterans Funeral Care in Clearwater, FL and at eleven cemeteries in Western New York. Nancy travels throughout the country offering presentations on how to reduce stress, combat compassion fatigue and offer sup- port for those who are grieving through her company, The Laugh Academy. With certifications as a Grief Services Provider and Grief Man- agement Specialist, Funeral Celebrant, Soul Injury Ambassador and Laughter Leader, Nancy is uniquely qualified to bring new perspectives into how to best meet the needs of the families you serve. For more information on how Nancy can help you and your company grow, visit her website: www.TheLaughAcademy.com or e-mail Nancy@TheLaughAcademy.com. all came together to change the course of world history. It was not an easy decision to serve in the Continental Con- gress. They did not see their families for months at a time. Children were born in their absence, others had children die from disease, crops failed, war time shortages impact- ed their families, yet they re- mained in Philadelphia. They were dedicated to their cause and no amount of hardship One-day “Before I Die” Festival a Success at Greenlawn in Bakersfield BAKERSFIELD,CA— 200 local residents of Bakersfield showed up on Saturday, June 1, for the first-ever one-day “Before I Die” Festival at Greenlawn Funeral Homes and Cemeteries. The day-long event featured workshops, seminars, tours and a movie surrounding all aspects of death, funerals, pre-planning, even the afterlife! The event, co-produced by marketing agency LA ads and “Doyenne of Death®” Gail Rubin, gave local families a chance to get up-close and personal with all aspects death-related, which included behind-the-closed-door tours of the mortuary and crematory. Rubin was featured presenter of several keynote programs starting with The Newly Dead Game and Death Café. Other workshops covered the legal and financial aspects of estate planning, hospice care, obituary writing, recording one’s life story, and “Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Death…but were afraid to ask.” An unusual panel for a cemetery event featured nationally-known psychic medium, Tammy Holmes, along with a professional ghost-hunter. “So many families just don’t know what they’re getting into when they arrange a funeral,” said Greenlawn presi- dent, Jim LaMar. “So this event was designed to inform them, educate them, and take the fear and mystery out of it. We wanted people to actually touch a casket, hold an urn, look inside a prep room, and ask all the questions they want in the light of day.” Due to the newsworthy nature of the “Before I Die” Festi- val, media coverage, both in advance and at the event, includ- ed the major Bakersfield television stations, the local newspa- per, along with the NPR affiliate radio station. “We couldn’t be more pleased with the turn-out and the engagement of everyone who attended.” said LA ads presi- dent, Dan Katz. “We knew that Rubin had done this suc- cessfully as a three-day festival but developing this as a one- day event clearly has such huge potential across lots of funeral homes, cemeteries and combos. Greenlawn has already said they want to make plans to do this again next year.” The cemetery gave away several significant door prizes (to capture leads), which included a choice of two ground plots or a cremation niche for two. Send Us Your News! 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