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Thursday, October 29th, 2009
12:03 am - Wal-Mart Selling Caskets, Urns Online


MILWAUKEE — The world's largest retailer wants to keep its customers even after they die.

Wal-Mart has started selling caskets on its Web site at prices that undercut many funeral homes, long the major seller of caskets.

The move follows a similar one by discount rival Costco, which also sells caskets on its site.

Wal-Mart quietly put up about 15 caskets and dozens of urns on its Web site last week.

Prices range from $999 for models like "Dad Remembered" and "Mom Remembered" steel caskets to the mid-level $1,699 "Executive Privilege." All are less than $2,000, except for the Sienna Bronze Casket, which sells for $3,199.

Caskets ship within 48 hours. Federal law requires funeral homes to accept third-party caskets. Returns are not accepted, the company says on its site, unless the product has been damaged during shipping.

The caskets come from Star Legacy Funeral Network, Inc., a company based in McHenry, Illinois, that sells the same caskets for about the same price — some less — on its site, along with many others.

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Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009
9:40 am - people showing up late for a funeral

Has anyone noticed how common it has become for people attending a funeral to show up late.  As little as ten years ago I remember nine times out of ten when we started a funeral everyone was already seated, waiting for the preacher to step up to the mike; and it was very rare for someone to walk into the chapel after the service had started.  Now when the time comes to start the service people are inevitably milling around talking, and when the funeral finally kicks off people trickle in throughout the first ten to fifteen minutes of the service.  Sometimes it's even the family members who show up late.  What gives?

I realize I'm a little young to make you of those "I remember when" posts, but, having been raised in the business, I feel like an oldtimer.  And I have been licenced since 93.

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Thursday, March 26th, 2009
11:20 am - newcomer!

hey everyone!

i'm an apparel designer that has a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston.

i'm also an Athena's Goddess for Athena's Home Novelties (i do sex toy parties)

i am now pursuing a career as an embalmer...i'm not so much interested in the directing, but as an artist i think i could be useful in the prep work like embalming, makeup, and especially reconstruction.

I'm attending Bristol Community College( saving me $20000!) to get my certificate in Thanatology and will be transferring to Fine Mortuary College in Norwood, MA.

i'm a little concerned about getting an apprenticeship as well as a job as i am not part of a family owned funeral home. Any advice about...well...anything? Thanks! :D

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Wednesday, January 14th, 2009
6:04 pm - Dodge Seminar

I have signed up to go to the Dodge "Sunshine" Seminar in Clearwater, FL in March. Is anyone else going? Mortuary students get free registration and there is a discounted hotel rate.

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Saturday, November 1st, 2008
11:30 pm


Hello All, I am happy to see so many in this community. I have been in the funeral business for several years and will enjoy connecting to other funeral industry professionals and hopefuls. I am new to Live Journal and hope to make some great connections.

current mood: contemplative

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Sunday, October 12th, 2008
12:47 pm - If you haven't heard........

I get comments from people all time about the evils of formaldehyde. My school is testing this and it is good way for me to respond to "go green" people.


If you have never heard of it, you should look into it. The wave of the future......

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Thursday, June 12th, 2008
2:37 pm - Death Midwifery

A Community for those who study, interested or practice natural burials and death midwifery.
Thank you!

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Tuesday, April 15th, 2008
5:08 pm - Washington State-

Does anyone around here work in or near Seattle? Funeral or Coroner- thanks.

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Sunday, November 18th, 2007
8:39 pm


I'm Hannah and I'm interested in becoming a funeral director/embalmer. I have lots of questions about it. I presently live in Maryland, but, I plan to move to Dale City, Virginia, in the spring. Are there any colleges that offer an associate mortuary science degree near Dale City? If not, are there any online degree programs? If I decide to move to a different state, will the degree certification transfer? Will I have to take another exam? Also, does the 18 month internship take place after college graduation, and are the internships generally paid or unpaid? I am also interested in any other information pertaining to the field that you think would be helpful to me. Thank you for your time.


current mood: okay

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Saturday, August 18th, 2007
11:44 pm - New to the community,

Hello all. My name is Chris, I am 32 and have decided to make a life change from being a programmer to working in the funerary industry.I am currently beginning my formal education into mortuary science so that I can fulfill some personal goals.

I am currently heading up a project that I feel deeply motivated and moved by and would appreciate any feedback, criticism or general impressions. I am still on the outside of this industry so anything you have to contribute can only progress me further.

The goal is to use technology to preserve memories of those passed in a media rich format and provide ecologically friendly alternatives to burial. I have a base organization site located at www.MemoreumGroup.org. It's just a base site so there are no products sold; not looking for investors yet. I just want some feedback from industry members as to how these ideas might be accepted.

Again, any advice or feedback would be greatly appreciated.

much thanks,

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Sunday, August 12th, 2007
6:06 pm - Hello All!!!

I just joined your community, I graduated from San Antonio College for Funeral Directing, with 5 classes I could get my Asso. in Mort Sci, but I think I will take the F.D., I am now in school for my BBA in Accounting, but I still work in the funeral home, going on three years and loving it!  I had to stop both of my provisional licenses when I got pregnant so I have to redo my F.D. provisional, damn TFSC... Anyway, just wanted to say I am very happy that this community exists and I will be reading!

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Saturday, July 21st, 2007
2:45 pm - nothing we don't already know...
maureenans I really hate being understaffed. and I do not yet have my Harry Potter.

that is all.

current mood: cranky

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Friday, March 30th, 2007
12:31 pm


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Sunday, March 25th, 2007
10:31 pm

oh boy,

maybe someone here could lend a helping hand...

earlier today someone had an "oops" in the embalming room and spilled a bottle of tissue builder. when i went to clean it up, try as i might, it left a pinkish stain on the floor.

any suggestions on cleaning that up before i start a series of chemicals that will probably do more harm than good??

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Friday, January 26th, 2007
5:24 pm - New to community, pondering career change

Hello *waves*

About ten years ago, I sent to the Dallas Institute of Funeral Science (the closest such college in my area) for enrollment information. I told a coworker that I was considering going into funeral service, and her reaction was so discouraging ("Eww! Why would you want to do that?") that I didn't really tell anyone else--ever--that I was thinking about it. I stored it in the back of my brain and went on with my life, completing my Bachelor's in English, finding myself unable to get gainful employment in my chosen field, and going right back to my old medical billing job.

These days, I find myself ready for a change, and I sent for updated information from DIFS and have arranged for transcripts to be sent to the college from my old schools. If I do this, it's going to be a huge leap of faith. I'm going to have to get financial aid, almost certainly going to have to quit my current job...but that doesn't really bother me. As I said, I'm ready for a change.

I wanted to talk to people who were already in the field, as opposed to someone who was trying to get me to enroll in school, and get some perspective. I'd like to hear from others as to how you chose funeral service as a career, how long you've been doing this, do you find it satisfying and fulfilling, what are some of the pros and cons, etc.

I've tried to find online communities, but most of these seem to run to the "Dark Angsty Children of Death" type. Nothing wrong with that, but not terribly practical for my purposes. Those few actual funeral- and mortuary-related communities I've found have been disappointingly low in activity.

current mood: curious

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Tuesday, January 16th, 2007
2:56 pm

Just a couple of questions for those who don't mind answering....

1. How hard was it for you to find an apprenticeship if you served it after graduation from mortuary school?

2. Were you hired on as a director at the firm you served your apprenticeship at? If not, why?

3. How was your experience as an apprentice? Did the directors shit on you or actually let you do things?

X-posted to a few communities, sorry if you have to see it twice.

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Thursday, August 24th, 2006
2:07 pm

has anyone seen the latest issue of Jane Magazine? there is a really good article about the growing number of women in the funeral business. pretty interesting article, and in typical Jane style, very entertaining too!!

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Friday, August 18th, 2006
12:30 pm - More on experience

I'm starting the funeral directing program at St. Louis Community College- Forest Park tomorrow and am interested in working a few nights a week at a funeral home for experience.

I called the mortuary I really hope to work at and talked to the owner. He sounded really enthusiastic about my desire to work there, said he's always looking for floor people, and asked me to bring in a resume.

The problem is this- I've mostly had your typical "high school" and "surviving college" jobs. I have served as an administrative assistant, but that's not exactly the best route to work in a funeral home. Rather than my work history, I'd like any potential employer to focus on my education, ambition, dedication, etc. Can anybody give me suggestions for my resume? Those of you who are involved in the hiring process, what do you look for in your applicants?

(Also- I'm sure the job description varies, but can anybody describe what's included in the duties of a "floor person"?)

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Friday, July 7th, 2006
8:27 am

i have some questions... i am a funeral director for a small firm that does approx 120 calls a year. im still doing my internship for my embalmers. i do have my fd license, ive had it for approx 6 months now. ive been in the business for about 5 years now and 4 of those have been with this company. my question is... what should i be expecting my wages to be? i do the work of about 3 other people.. i do all the insurance papers, all the funeral assist work on the computer, type and run all dc's and run the office, the only thing i dont do is pay the bills on quick books. i take call and do removals and help embalm. i feel like im getting screwed, i am considered a part-time employee with no benefits, i get 9 bucks a hour and if i make a call after 5 i get 50 bucks for the call. i do get commission on monuments and preneeds but that part of the business is pretty slow, plus my boss sells as well. i just need to know what i should be maken

current mood: frustrated

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Monday, April 3rd, 2006
12:33 pm - Holy Crap

SCI to aquire Alderwoods.

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