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37 minutes | Jul 21, 2016
Mike Squires on “Southern Calls”, Southern Funeral Traditions & Grief.
(http://funeralprochat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Mike-Gloria-Squires_NB-500x500.jpg) We are excited to present Mike Squires, a Southern Funeral Director and Founder of "Southern Calls" magazine."Southern Calls" is a magazine like no other, and no other funeral magazine. It is not "vendorized"; instead it is filled with gorgeous new and vintage photos and stories of funeral service in the south - then and now. Every issue reads like a history book of funeral service, stories of living and serving in this industry accompanied by those beautiful photos! (http://funeralprochat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/So_Call1-500x225.jpg) Mike Squires has sat on both sides of the arrangement table - as a long term, devoted Funeral Director and the Step-Father of a lovely, young girl killed at the tender age of 15 yrs. His first brush with death came at an early age, when his beloved canine friend died. He buried his dog in the back yard with a funeral ceremony complete with programs and a headstone. He has that headstone to this day and treasures it, more than anything. (http://funeralprochat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Corley2_NB-500x249.jpg) His second encounter with death was when his Dad passed away when he was just 14 yrs.old. He was so impressed with Mr. Goldfinch - the Funeral Director and the honorable manner in which he conducted the service, that he heard the calling. It was then that he asked his Mother to ask Mr. Goldfinch to give him a job. Mike began his lifework of funeral service and never looked back. He finds it an honor to be able to give back to families in their time of great need. Mike told us that grief was a big part of his life - that it defined it. (http://funeralprochat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/So_Call7-500x405.jpg) Founding the magazine, "Southern Calls" was his second dream and passion. Let me tell you about Mike, the man. Mike was a confirmed bachelor until one funeral changed his life. It was a funeral of a 36 yr. old man who died suddenly and his 34 yr. old widow who came to him to ask him to perform the service. After the heartbreaking service, the Widow asked Mike to carry her sleeping 6 yr. old boy out of the church to the car. The young child clung to him - and the rest is history. He married Gloria a few years later and became Step-Dad to her two children. Mike and Gloria will celebrate their 30 year Anniversary in September. We wish them well. Mike shared his philosophy with myself and my Co-Host Jessica Fowl
35 minutes | Jun 9, 2016
Bruce Jacobs on Jewish Funerals
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31 minutes | Feb 7, 2016
Jason Bathurst speaks with Caleb Wilde about Compassion Fatigue
Back by popular demand, sixth generation Funeral Director, popular blogger, Author and TED Speaker -Caleb Wilde.(http://funeralprochat.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/caleb3-500x375.png) (http://funeralprochat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Jason_B1_NB-290x500.jpg) Jason Bathurst, of ASD and Host Nancy Burban chat with Caleb Wilde about compassion fatigue in funeral service. Some info. on Jason Bathurst: National Sales Manager and Licensed Funeral Director, Jason Bathurst, joined the ASD team in 2008 as a Call Specialist. Within several months, Jason was promoted to work as a Supervisor and frequently taught classes to ASD Call Specialists on important funeral customs and rituals. In early 2010, Jason joined ASD’s Sales Department and began working with prospective clients to determine how ASD can meet their funeral home’s needs. Jason’s perspective as a licensed director helps funeral homes understand how ASD can deliver value to their funeral home. When he is not speaking to directors and attending funeral home conventions, Jason enjoys spending time with family, participating in a local choir group and volunteering for community events.
29 minutes | Nov 10, 2015
Toby Blackstar, speaks with Steven C. Turner and enlightens us about funeral customs in the Native American communities.
(http://funeralprochat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Toby_Blackstar1_NB-500x375.jpg) Steven C. Turner chats with Toby Blackstar about the unique and time honoured funeral traditions of the Native American tribes of Oklahoma. Toby Blackstar is a Native American Funeral Director who will enlighten you about funeral customs in his community. Most Native tribes believe that the soul of the dead pass into a spirit world and become part of the spiritual forces that influence every aspect of their lives. Many tribes believe in two souls, one that died when the body died and one that may wander on and eventually die. I am representing the Kiowa and Comanche tribes of Oklahoma and Comanche Nation Funeral Home in Lawton, Oklahoma. Modern day Native Americans incorporate death rituals handed down from their ancestors in their modern day funeral services. I will explain some rituals associated with Native American Burials. (http://funeralprochat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Oto-Missouria-_Toby_Blackstar_NB-500x375.jpg) Living among the Otoe-Missouria of North Oklahoma in Ponca City was very different from the customs and the burials of the Kaw, the Osage and the Ponca tribal communities. Their practices are that the body is taken to the home, a church or a cultural centre. If somebody were to die this morning we would take the body to the prep room to prepare the body. They would come to the funeral home to make the arrangements and on the fourth day from the time of death, their rituals are that they would feed the body at different times. They have cooks that made breakfast, lunch and supper. These things are things of the Otoes that they recommend for the soul to continue to be nurtured and the body to continue to be nourished. The belief is when that soul leaves the body on the day of death, that soul wanders wherever family members may live, whether it be in Oklahoma, Ohio, Georgia etc., Wherever there are family members, that loved one will actually go and visit them before they make their journey up to the heavens and they take four days to do so. (http://funeralprochat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Toby1-500x371.png) Listen to the entire podcast or download it from iTunes.
26 minutes | Jul 2, 2015
Bill Williams discusses ‘Remembering Our Fallen’; memorials designed to travel so that more people can have the opportunity to remember our fallen heroes.
Bill Williams from Omaha, along with his wife, Evonne started ‘Remembering Our Fallen’. It’s a war memorial that consists of individual exhibits created to remember our country’s fallen, from the war on terror when the Twin Towers fell on September 11, 2001 to today. Unlike most war memorials made of brick and mortar, these memorials are designed to travel so that more people can have the opportunity to remember our fallen, while being reminded of the tremendous cost of our freedom. Its’ legacy will be that these men and women be remembered and their names will be spoken. These are all young people who serve and today only a half of 1% serve in the military. It’s different than World War II when everybody was involved on the home front with victory gardens and scrap metal drives and everybody knew somebody in the military. Now so few serve and most folks don’t pay much attention because it doesn’t affect them. However, if it’s your loved one on the display it’s everything. That is why we feel that it’s important that the rest of us honour them for their sacrifice. They weren’t drafted; they stepped up to serve their country. When called upon they fought & paid the ultimate price. The least the rest of us can do is take a few minutes to see the exhibits and to honour their lives. Download the entire podcast with iTunes or listen here (http://funeralprochat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Remember-Our-Fallen_1_NB-375x500.jpg)
26 minutes | Apr 16, 2015
Richard Traunero Discusses How Funeral Directors Can “Fly For A Cause.”
(http://funeralprochat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/CassiandMinPin_Richard-Traunero3-_NB-500x333.jpg) Richard Traunero explains why funeral directors don’t always need to keep both feet on the ground. He not only a funeral director but a licensed pilot and past president of the Flying Funeral Director of America. In addition he's involved as an Angel Flight Pilot, a volunteer pilot for Pilots N Paws and Lifeline Pilots. He also runs a family run funeral home in Tiffin, Ohio. His family has owned and operated it since 1996. The business has been in operation since 1900. Angel Flight is a humanitarian organisation that connects patients with pilots to fly these patients to get a medical diagnosis or treatment. It is for patients who have no other way to get to a medical facility. Most of these patients are at the end of their rope – financially and emotionally – and they need help to travel to get treatment. Angel Flight helps them do this. As an Angel Flight pilot, we volunteer all of our time, our services, flying, our fuel, all of the expenses – there is no cost to the patient whatsoever – and we fly them to where they need to be. It is a very rewarding thing to do. It enables me to use my flying capabilities to help a person, which mirrors what I do in funeral service. Of course being a funeral director is all about helping people and this was another way that I could help people, in a way that maybe not so many others around this area could. Download the entire podcast with iTunes or listen here. (http://funeralprochat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/GroupEffort_Richard-Traunero5_NB-500x392.jpg)
20 minutes | Feb 23, 2015
Joe Sanchez on Changing Latino Funeral Traditions.
Joe Sanchez has been in funeral services for over 12 years. He entered this profession as a calling, to truly help other people. He went to Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service in Houston, Texas and he's been blessed to work with some fine professionals in his career. He says "I like to think that every day is a learning opportunity, so although I feel seasoned, I feel like I'm learning something every day. I try to do as much research as possible to learn about changes in our profession. Our area is predominately Hispanic, a lot of the funerals in our area are third or fourth generation." Joe is proud to work at Legacy which is one of the largest funeral homes in Texas. They have a ten acre, 20,000 sq. ft. facility. Every part of the operation is five stars and all staff members there are very passionate about what they do, whether is the florist or the bookkeeper. "We spend 18 hours a day here sometimes and we really are family. It's a new, modern facility, open three years. We've been accepted by our community and we have a personality, a brand of caring and people sense that." (http://funeralprochat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Sanchez4_NB-500x373.jpg) Legacy is an unusual funeral home, which looks more like a 5 star hotel or art museum than a mortuary. It houses a lavish dining room, top shelf bar and many places to reflect and relax. (http://funeralprochat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Sanchez5_NB-400x500.jpg) (http://funeralprochat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Sanchez6_NB-400x500.jpg) Joe Sanchez at his home away from home - Legacy, with Lee Castro wearing pink for Breast Cancer awareness. (http://funeralprochat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Sanchez1_NB-375x500.jpg) When this beloved nurse died, Joe had the idea to order a casket that was the same color as her scrubs. He also bought band-aids and black sharpies for all the guests to put on her casket with their message of love for her.
20 minutes | Jan 30, 2015
Gene Steele on Trade Embalming in New York City.
Steven C. Turner chats with Gene Steele about the changing nature of funeral traditions in New York City and his career as a Trade Embalmer I am a licensed funeral director in New York City and I started working in a funeral home at age of 14. I graduated from McAllister in 2003, went on my own in 2005 and have been working as a Trade Embalmer since. Being a Trade Embalmer, I specialize in embalming, removals and sometimes do entire funerals. I do love the science and art of embalming, and I also love to see it all work together. One of the challenges about embalming is that you have to work around people's time requests. However, if I couldn’t get something done within the time frame that a funeral home would like, I would not take on the job. I would advise them to call the next person in line, because if you can't have the time to properly perform the embalming, I prefer to pass on it. Trade work requires a lot of attention, time, skills and intelligence. Listen to the rest of the podcast or download it. This podcast is also featured in the March issue of American Funeral Director magazine. (http://funeralprochat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Gene_Steele1_NB-500x400.jpg)(http://funeralprochat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Gene_Steele2_NB-500x400.jpg)(http://funeralprochat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Gene_Steele3_NB-500x375.jpg)
21 minutes | Nov 13, 2014
John E. Beckwith Jr. on service – both funeral service and police work.
Elleanor Davis Starks and Steven C. Turner chat with John E. Beckwith Jr., Owner and CEO of Golden Gate Funeral Homes about his careers in funeral service and police work and how he made those life choices. He also discusses the importance of family and faith. (http://funeralprochat.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Beckwith1_NB.jpg) (http://funeralprochat.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Beckwith2_NB-333x500.jpg)About our Guest: John E. Beckwith Jr. a native of Dallas, Texas has served as a Funeral Director and Embalmer for over 28 years and is the Owner and Chief Executive Officer for Beckwith Inc., which is comprised of, Golden Gate Funeral Home in the Dallas, TX , Ft. Worth, TX and Beckwith Golden Gate Funeral Home in Tallulah, Louisiana. Going about is Father business under his leadership Beckwith Inc. has expanded to a staff of over 80 full time employees and 20 part time employees. John E. Beckwith Jr. holds a Degree in Applied Science in Funeral Services from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Services. He is a graduate of the Dallas County Police Academy a license Peace Officer in the State of Texas and is a Captain Deputy Constable for Dallas County Precinct One, where he also serves as a Firearm Instruction. He holds a Masters and Doctoral degree in Theology from the University of Florida Vision Seminary he is an Ordained and License minister. (http://funeralprochat.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Beckwith4_NB-500x294.jpg) John is a member of the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association where he serves as Chairman of the Political Action Committee. He is also, very active in his local, state and district funeral directors associations. He is a Board Member of the Texas Independent Funeral Directors Association. He is a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner and a member of Epsilon Nu Delta Mortuary Fraternity. John is a Commissioned Admiral in the Texas Navy. John is an advocate of providing and sponsoring varies outreach programs within his community. For individuals who are interested in pursing a career in the Funeral Industry he offers a “Ride Along Program.” The “Ride Along Program” provides individuals the opportunity to observe Golden Gate Funeral Home’s business practices and procedures first hand. He provides complimentary Limousine services to local pastors, local schools and varies organizations. (http://funeralprochat.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Beckwith3_NB-424x500.jpg) To assist families during t
40 minutes | Oct 22, 2014
Kevin G. Moran – Charity Begins At Home; The Funeral Home.
Nancy Burban and Jessica Fowler,P.R. Specialist and Writer for Answering Service for Directors (ASD) chat with Kevin G. Moran about philanthropy in the funeral home and how Hurricane Sandy brought funeral directors, vendors and other funeral professionals together in an effort to help those less fortunate. Kevin G. Moran is a proud member of a family run funeral home in Staten Island, NY. Their shared philosophy is that funeral service is a calling; a profession - not a job. Kevin is also an Instructor at A.A.M.I. a popular mortuary school in Manhattan, New York. He resides with his loving family on Staten Island, New York and was instrumental in aiding those affected by Hurricane Sandy. He buried many of those killed by this tragedy at no cost and housed and fed victims and volunteers for months. His Father-In-Law; John Scalia spearheaded many charitable ventures through their funeral home including burying indigent babies left in the morgue, complete with a graveside ceremony, casket, tombstones and flowers. It is our hope that through this podcast more funeral homes will open their hearts and their wallets and make charity to community a priority. Nancy Burban 2014
25 minutes | Sep 2, 2014
Isaiah Owens –A Renaissance Man in Funeral Service.
(http://funeralprochat.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/homegoings-funeraldirector-750_photo_file_1_1-500x333.jpg) Listen to Steven C. Turner and Elleanor Davis Starks chat with Funeral Director Isaiah Owens, as they bring the beauty and grace of African-American funerals to life. Interviewed at Owens Funeral Home in New York City's historic Harlem neighborhood, they take an up-close look at the rarely seen world of undertaking in the black community, where funeral rites draw on a rich palette of tradition, history and celebration. Owens, 63, is the subject and star of “Homegoings,” a film that uses his 58-year-long career and life as a funeral director to examine African-American death rituals. “We’re bringing death out of the closet,” Owens said. “Everybody knows it’s there, but nobody wants to talk about it.” Owens, is also known to neighbors as “Fix-Em” for his ability to repair bodies ravaged by disease, mishap or violence. “They say ‘Child, she looked better now than she did when she was living.’” Owens has been called "The Renaissance Man of Funeral Service". Mr. Owens has earned a number of awards over the years for his contributions to the community, and plaques of appreciation line the walls of his establishment. The most recent was received from his peers in the first district of the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association.
29 minutes | Aug 21, 2014
Debra Fry discusses Grief Dog Therapy in Funeral Homes.
(http://funeralprochat.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Deb_Fry2_NB-373x500.jpg)(http://funeralprochat.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Deb_Fry1_NB-400x500.jpg) http://www.compassionatepawsgrieftherapy.com/ Debra Fry works full time at Fry Funeral Home in Tipton, Iowa with her husband, David. As with most funeral homes today, Fry's continue to search for new opportunities to provide the best service possible for the families they serve. It was always a dream of Debra's to place a grief dog within the funeral home. David and Debra have 4 children and 9 grandchildren. Over the course of their marriage they had shared their home with 2 Golden Retrievers, 1 Standard Poodle and then Debra met a Bernese Mountain Dog, finding (in her opinion) the perfect breed and the breed she wanted in the funeral home. Upon meeting Steph Oswald, her dream was realized. To date they have loved and enjoyed 5 Bernese Mountain Dogs.
30 minutes | Jul 30, 2014
Elleanor Davis Starks and Steven C. Turner on Minority Funerals and The NFD&MA Convention.
Our second podcast will focus on African American, Latino and other minority funeral customs. Hosts Steven C Turner, a 30-year veteran of New York news media and Partner at Burban-Turner Media, and Elleanor Davis Starks, Executive Director of the 100 Black Women of Funeral Service association, discuss the high cost of dying in minority communities. Eleanor offers insights on rising funeral costs, the importance of educating the public about preplanning and also shares about her recent experience attending Maya Angelou’s funeral service. In addition Elleanor discusses the exciting events happening at the National Funeral Directors & Morticians Association this August 2nd through August 7th in Dallas, Texas.
26 minutes | Jul 16, 2014
Caleb Wilde on the changing face of funeral service.
This month’s interview is with sixth generation Funeral Director and popular blogger, Caleb Wilde. Caleb sat down with Nancy Burban and ASD Family-Member Owner, Kevin Czachor, to share his thoughts and stories about the changing face of funeral service, common pressures directors face, the healing power of writing and the importance of trust when choosing funeral vendors.
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