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25 Funeral trends for 2011-Your Funeral Guy

12 Jan
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Here are 25 funeral industry trends, funeral industry and Funeral predictions for 2011.

1. Traditional Funeral Industry will continue to decline.

2. Funeral Home profits will continue  be less.

3.The Number of “Lower Cost” or discount Funeral Homes will grow.

4. Cremation will continue to rise.

5. Funeral preneed scandals will continue to abound.

6. More bodies will be put in the wrong graves.

7. The number of people  cremated wrongly(mistakes) will grow.

8. More and more Funeral  facilities will be used for other services(like weddings and birthdays)

9 Number of Non Claimed bodies will continue to increase.

10. The use of  temporary Funeral Workers will grow.

11. More Funeral vendors will sell and communicate directly with the consumer.

12 Funeral homes will continue to use social media(facebook-Twitter etc) to communicate with Customers.

13. Video will continue to be important in communicating with the funeral customer

14 Funeral Industry companies will continue to diversify, going outside the Funeral Industry for income sources.

15. Home Funerals will increase.

16. Green Funerals and green burials will rise.

17. Funeral home’s will continue to aggressively market through their websites and blogs..

18. Funeral Homes and Funeral company mergers will be more will be more and more

19. Legacy.com will continue it’s worldwide obituary empire.

20 . The use of Part time funeral directors will continue to grow.

21. Alkaline Hydrolysis as a form of disposition  will continue  to be accepted

22.Alkaline Hydrolysis machines will be in installed in more countries in the World Including the USA.

23.Alliances and financial agreements will continue to grow between funeral companies, vendors and funeral homes.

24. Funeral Cartels will continue to protect themselves from the free market. This has been addressed in several blog posts. The Cartels being companies and associations gaining protection from the courts and the State Legislatures.

25. The Bereaved Consumers Bill of Rights  Act will die in The US House of Representatives due to the Elelection of the Republicans



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Facebook Anger at Westboro Church protesting the girls’ funeral-Your Funeral Guy

11 Jan

On Monday several Facebook groups arose in Anger About the Westboro Baptist Church protesting the the 9 year old’s funeral who died in the Arizona Shooting on August 8th.

This is indeed sad, and the anger is justified.

Face book anger against the Westboro Baptist church at Arizona Funerals

At least three Facebook groups sprang to life Monday less than a day after an infamous church trumpeted plans to picket the funeral of a nine-year-old Tucson, Ariz., shooting victim.

Stop the Westboro Baptist Church” had collected more than 30,000 supporters by Monday afternoon; other sites added numbers steadily as word spread that the notorious Phelps family intended to turn up Thursday for Christina Green’s burial.

Green and five others were shot and killed during a rampage on Jan. 8 at a U.S. congresswoman’s open forum at an Arizona supermarket. The congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords, was critically wounded and another 13 people were injured.

In a rambling, error-filled video, 81-year-old Fred Phelps, pastor of the Westboro Church in Topeka, Kansas, proclaimed, “Thank God for the violent shooter, one of your soldier heros (sic) in Tucson,” wrongly contending that the accused, Jared Loughner, had been a soldier in Afghanistan.

via www.thestar.com

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Digital Death and Dying Makes it into the New York Times-YourFuneral Guy

8 Jan

Digital death and Dying has made it into the New York Times. What happens to your digital assets when you die? This is an important questions

One estimate pegs the number of U.S. Facebook users who die annually at something like 375,000. Academics have begun to explore the subject (how does this change the way we remember and grieve?), social-media consultants have begun to talk about it (what are the legal implications?) and entrepreneurs are trying to build whole new businesses around digital-afterlife management (is there a profit opportunity here?). Evan Carroll and John Romano, interaction-design experts in Raleigh, N.C., who run a site called TheDigitalBeyond.com, have just published a tips-and-planning book, “Your Digital Afterlife,” with advice about such matters as appointing a “digital executor.”

Dying on Facebook?

Adele McAlear, a social-media and marketing consultant, became interested in this subject a few years ago, when one of her regular Twitter contacts died. A Web enthusiast who has created “Lord knows how many profiles” for herself in the course of road-testing various new services, she is an “advocate of creating content and putting it online.”

via www.nytimes.com

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Have you seen a Facebook Ghost?-Your Funeral Guy

18 Jul

Facebook has a problem dealing with death and dying, then again so does google, yahoo, twitter and other internet giants.

Facebook changed it’s policy to letting memorial pages go on into perpetuity a while back. The New York Times recently did a great article on this subject.

Have you seen a Facebook Ghost?


It seems that facebook just cannot let folks die, Facebook  must be notified and the deceased love one must join the Dead Facebook Society . Until the deceased facebook  page is deleted  or a memorial page set up facebook cannot tell who is dead or alive.  Until some one takes action…..

the ghosts are free to roam Facebook. You could get a message to contact a dead friend!

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Facebook and YouTube have a somewhat effective policy on Death and Dying.

Report on Digital Death Day by Your Funeral Guy

22 May

Digital Death Day was May 20th 2010

Here is a brief Your Funeral Guy Report on Digital Death Day. Digital Death Day was part of a larger internet conference in California. Digital Death Day was to Bring forward the conversation on what happens to  “Your Digital Assets when you die?”.

Folks who spend most of their life on line, owners of websites and many facebook users are concerned with this. There is no clear cut internet guidelines on this one. Facebook has a memorialization procedure in place for a  person who dies and has recently changed their policy to let facebook pages be memorialized indefinitely. (“Dead Facebook Society?”)Recent Privacy concerns about Facebook has called some to question facebook memorialization and security.

Your Funeral Guy has been blogging on this issue  for quite some time and is known as an expert.

Snippet from the Jewish Week.com.

And there’s an expert available who can help families create a Facebook obituary. R. Brian Burkhardt is “Your Funeral Guy” and his website describes the steps toward creating a Facebook Memorial.

via www.thejewishweek.com

Data Security on the Internet is a continuous problem. This year your funeral guy experience an attack on one of his blogs from a terrorist group in the Middle East.

Google makes it pretty hard for relatives to access a Dead relatives E-Mail. My Space Twitter, Linked in and  others all take a different approach to this issue.

On 20 May 2010 an event known as “Digital Death Day” brought together the businesses of social networking, data management and death care.

One of its organisers, Jennifer Holmes, says: “We have reached a critical mass of personal data online.”

She is referring to the billions of pages held by Facebook and other social networking sites, as well as blogs, online gaming sites… basically anything into which we put data… data which, in most cases, remains after we die.

So what should happen to it?

“There’s no standard practice across the industry yet. There are no norms for how digital assets are passed on to heirs,” says Kaliya Hamlin, another of Digital Death Day’s organisers.via news.bbc.co.uk

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Your Funeral Guy supports Digital Death Day

28 Apr

Your Funeral Guy Supports Digital Death Day

Your Funeral Guy has done several posts on Digital Dying or what happens to your Life on Line online after you die. This is an important topic and in order to facilitate discussion on this matter, Your Funeral Guy Supports Digital Death Day.

Digital Death Day will be a part of

IIW X       Internet Identity Workhop  10
May 17-19, 2010
at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California

Here are some of Your Funeral Guy posts on digital dying and digital assets.

Set up A Free Facebook Memorial For Your loved One

How to Add an Obituary to Facebook

Places to plan your Digital Funeral

Digital Funeral Arrangement

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Dealing with your Digital Assets will be an important  part of Future Funerals

Funeral Directors meeting Could give Consumers a Panic attack-Your Funeral Guy

8 Mar

Funeral Directors meeting in San Antonio(March 10-13th) at the ICCFA(International Cemetery Cremation and Funeral Association) Convention.  could give you  a “The Funeral Consumer” a panic attack. There is a social media seminar happening there led a “funeral guru” who is  an  ex con who is vice president of a funeral collection company(not making this up). He will be  teaching  funeral directors to contact you via social media so as to raise Your Funeral Cost and do other things. (HE EVEN TELLS OF A FUNERAL DIRECTOR WHO DOES COLLECTIONS ON FACE BOOK) Another seminar teaches those same funeral guys how to raise the cost of a cremation, the consumers lower cost funeral option.

HOW FAR WILL THESE GUYS GO? YOU will be shocked. It is like revisting the America Way of Death.

It is almost like reading the classic book on the American Funeral Industry All over again.

The American Way of Death Revisited by Jessica Mitford.  Gleefully sarcastic muckraking expose of the American funeral industrial complex.

I have read books that scared me, made me laugh or made me cry. This is the only book I have ever read that gave me a panic attack.

This book opened my eyes to the very real and horrifying idea that my death is viewed by an industry as an opportunity to milk every last possible penny from my grieving family.

via fireandsonic.com

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