Contract negotiations between Teamsters Local 727 and funeral industry giant Service Corporation International (NYSE:SCI) are set to resume Tuesday, June 29, 2010, with the possibility of labor disputes at 17 area funeral homes and facilities hanging in the balance. The final two bargaining sessions are scheduled for Tuesday, June 29, and Wednesday, June 30 — […]
One way to deal with death is through comedy. Chelsea Lately, an American late night comedy talk show host on the E! network is notable for her sarcastic approach to anything serious – including death. Chuy Bravo, her assistant, participates with Lately in this particular episode, where Lately tries on a casket on for size as well as some funeral make-up.
Unless you work for a funeral home, or unless you have an obsession about death and dying practices, you may wonder if there is a difference between a funeral director and a mortician or a mortician and an undertaker. For all intents and purposes today, there is no difference – especially if the funeral home is a small family operation. But, in larger funeral home operations, you might see a slight difference in what each job traditionally entails.
The Cremation Association of North America (CANA) is a Chicago-based industry group that has projected that 38 percent of all deaths this year will finalize in cremation. This is a 12 percent increase since 2000. Additionally, cremation rates are expected to rise to 50 percent over the next fifteen years.This news may prompt many funeral directors to expand their cremation services for those individuals who seek a simpler death care process that is less expensive than a traditional burial. But, for those funeral directors to tout this death care service as ‘green’ is – to put it bluntly – “greenwashing.”
We’ve written about motorcycle hearses and have eluded to the hearse in general throughout this blog. But, the history of the hearse is just as fascinating, as horse-drawn hearses basically have gone the way of other practices that fell to the industrial age and the automobile. However, horse-drawn hearses have a particular short-lived history – at least in America – that was based upon social class.
Are you a motorcycle enthusiast? No matter your two-wheeled proclivities, as this week is Sturgis week in South Dakota. In honor of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Deathcare.com offers some interesting ways to pass to the great Motocross in the sky.
Fraternal organizations and secret societies may make you think about the DaVinci Code or the Knights of the Round Table (if not your alma mater). With this variety of memory, it’s possible that organizations, or brotherhoods, might exist for just as many reasons. Thus it is with the International Order of the Golden Rule (OGR).