Broker. I think I love that term. Broker.
Wikipedia says " A broker is an individual or party (brokerage firm) that arranges transactions between a buyer and a seller, and gets a commission when the deal is executed."
After some thought, I realized that most major transactions we make in life involve a broker: buying a home - Real Estate Broker; purchasing stock for retirement - Investment Broker.
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The idea of death cafes were developed by Swiss sociologist Bernard Crettaz and were meant to get folks together, put them in a comfortable environment and let them talk freely about death. There isn't a physical cafe for this purpose; these "cafes" can be held anywhere. I have been doing similar meetings in the area with groups at senior centers, housing projects, and local groups and organizations.
Williams River Services is proud to offer Urns by Jay Peebles.
Williams River Services is proud to introduce local craftsman, Jay Peebles of Chester, Vt. Jay crafts beautiful urns from a variety of woods: oak, pine, cedar, poplar, cherry and more.
Jay grew up in Proctorsville, Vermont and attended Green Mountain Union High School in Chester, where first learned his passion for woodworking. He was taught by a local teacher, Lee Decatur. After graduating, Jay proudly entered The United States Army and recently served in Desert Shield/Storm. Currently, he working on his degree in Internet Technology. Throughout, woodworking has been a significant part of his life. He prides himself with respect for his work.
Jay can create custom vessels for a meaningful urn. If Dad loved to sugar, use some wood from the old sugar house up on the hill to have Jay create a custom urn. Jay can make a one of a kind, hand-crafted urns with materials you provide or request. He can create urns from recycled materials or fulfill other special requests. Subtle adjustments in size and style are also possible.
We are proud to offer Urns by Jay Peebles. This allows WRCS to bring our families custom, personal urns for their loved one. It continues our mission of providing personal and local services at affordable prices. Contact Williams River Services for more information.
The idea of death cafes were developed by Swiss sociologist Bernard Crettaz and were meant to get folks together, put them in a comfortable environment and let them talk freely about death. There isn’t a physical cafe for this purpose; these “cafes” can be held anywhere. I have been doing similar meetings in the area with groups at senior centers, housing projects, and local groups and organizations.
I feel the reason these are becoming so popular is because folks really do want to talk about death. They want to know about the mechanics of death and are interested in what happens to their loved one after they die. My meetings are not formal presentations but simply discussions. I have found that after the first 10 minutes, no question is off limits. Once folks are together and comfortable, even with an uncomfortable subject, they are more open when they are with groups of friends.
If your church group or other affiliation would like to learn more about meeting like this, or if you, yourself, would like to meet at a “death cafe,” please call me.
Lots of folks who choose cremation are a little confused when they receive there loved one’s cremains. All of my customers receive there cremains in a brown cardboard box. The box is sealed with clear tape and has a label from the crematory. Inside the box the cremains are in a plastic bag to prevent spillage. The cremains are always accompanied with a permit which is given to the sexton if they are to be interred in a local cemetery.
I have found that a large amount of families are choosing to scatter the cremains. What a perfect idea. Mom enjoyed the lake. She spent summers there with her family and later with her own family. This is a perfect place for mom’s scattering.
This blog is not about the perfect place for a scattering or whether you should choose scattering at all. This is about that little brown box that holds your loved one until the scattering is done. Don’t get me wrong, that box is more than adequate to hold the cremains. Scattering tubes have been around for a while. They were introduced to make it easier on families who do the scattering themselves. These containers are just what a family needs for a seamless scattering.
The problem is always with the plastic bag. It is there for good reason. It prevent the cremains from spilling out. It also is incredibly hard to open. They use plastic pull ties to secure the bag. Great for selling them, not so good to get undone. The scattering tube holds the cremains without the bag. This makes it easy and prevents the possibility of an uncomfortable mishap at the service.
Unlike other urns, these scattering tubes are incredibly affordable. There are at least 50 different pre-made designs or, you can submit a picture which we can print on the outside of the tube. The cost of a basic scattering urn is $95.00. While working at the corporate funeral home, I had to sell them for $200.00. Through Williams River Services, I am happy to offer these at affordable pricing. Some families have purchased these urns so they don’t have to deal with the cardboard box sitting on the shelf.
As always, contact me with any questions.
Yes, I’m shameless… every chance I get, I want to remind you to shop local. Know who you are doing business with. Buy Valentine’s gifts for your loved one or care for them in their last days and in death with the help of your local community businesses.
Hope you got to see “Death: It’s a Living” on CNBC last week. I can say it was really well done and a good picture of what it is happening in the funeral world. Krystal Penrose of FuneralOne gives us 14 things we might have missed even if we didn’t see the show.
Really good article that kinds of raps the show all up. At the end of the article, she leaves us with her final thoughts. And what did I learn? That as long as we can get people thinking about their end of life… well, that should be good enough for me.
The industry is changing. The consumer is changing. There are options on what you can do after a loved one dies. Be an educated consumer.
Recently, I have helped a number of families with burials. Yes, burials. Williams River Services is honored to help traditional burial families in there time of need. Thanks to our low overhead, families are getting exceptional services at a fraction of the cost.
Though many associate Williams River Services with cremations, we can also assist with burials, accommodating graveside services, church services, or services in personalized locations – anywhere your family is comfortable. I am proud to be able to help each family with their unique request.
If you have any questions, please know I am available.
Social media is huge in all aspects and types of business today. The article below was posted on Connecting Directors. Ryan Thogmartin is founder and CEO of Connecting Directors and Disrupt Media Groups. Mr. Thogmartin has his hand on the pulse of the industry.
Thogmartin says “ Please watch the video below (it’s less than 1 minute long) and replace the words “business” and “people” with “funeral homes” and “funeral directors”. This is no joke, its the truth, the real deal, the way it is, the end of the road” …etc. Mr. Thogmartin nails it here.
Gary Vaynerchuk is the expert in the video. The show is called Morning Joe on MSNBC.
At the end of the article there is a test for your Facebook page to see how you stack up against others in the industry. I took the test and realized that all of my social media outlets should be cleaned up and better organized. I will do this because this is the direction of the funeral industry, not just any business.
I am glad that there are hard workers like Thogmartin out there telling it like it is. The industry has to change or it will be replaced.