A Brush with Death
The National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) has launched A Brush With Death, a podcast to help funeral professionals be more responsive to the evolving needs of families and better respond to the issues shaping their businesses.
info_outline Episode #8 - Embalming with COVID-19 03/27/2020
Episode #8 - Embalming with COVID-19 Funeral director, embalmer, owner, and national speaker, Wally Hooker from Family and Friends Funeral Home in Wingate, Indiana, joins “A Brush With Death” to offer some practical advice regarding transfers and embalming during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
info_outline Episode #6 - Attracting Customers with Digital & Social Media 02/11/2020
Episode #6 - Attracting Customers with Digital & Social Media Increasingly, funeral homes are looking to their websites and social media to get in front of potential clients. “A Brush With Death” host, Gabe Schauf sits down with Welton Hong, the founder of Ring Ring Marketing and author of the book “Making Your Phone Ring with Internet Marketing for Funeral Homes.”
info_outline Episode #5 - Disenfranchised Grief 01/14/2020
Episode #5 - Disenfranchised Grief Disenfranchised grief is the subject of this month’s NFDA podcast, A Brush with Death. Disenfranchised grief is grief not openly acknowledged, validated or publicly observed. Our guest is Sara E. Murphy, Ph.D., a faculty member at the University of Rhode Island in the Honors Program and Department of Gender and Women's Studies and an expert on death, dying and bereavement. Host Gabe Schauf will dive into the causes, effects and how funeral professionals can best serve clients struggling with it.
info_outline Episode #4 - Ethan Morse: Filmmaker 12/10/2019
Episode #4 - Ethan Morse: Filmmaker NFDA sits down with Ethan Morse to talk about his journey from tomb guard sentinel at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to filmmaker. He discusses his films “The Unknowns”, a documentary about the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Sentinels who stand guard at our Nation’s most sacred shrine, and the soon-to-be-released “Honor Guard”, a four-part series that highlights the dedication members of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment—The Old Guard—show in paying their respects to those who gave all.
info_outline Episode #3 - Cremation and Your Funeral Home 11/12/2019
Episode #3 - Cremation and Your Funeral Home Lacy Robinson, CFSP and NFDA’s Director of Member Development, talks with host Gabriel Schauf about how funeral homes can communicate the added value they can bring to the cremation discussion, whether the initial inquiry is via a phone call or during the arrangement conference. Robinson emphasizes that any meaningful cremation discussion should be a conversation about honoring the life of a loved one.
info_outline Episode #2 - Staying Out of the Courtroom 10/08/2019
Episode #2 - Staying Out of the Courtroom Host Gabriel Schauf and attorney Michael Sharkey, CFSP, CCO, explore legal issues confronting funeral directors and their businesses. Listen in to learn how to reduce the potential for lawsuits and to discover best practices that can help keep your funeral home out of court.
info_outline Episode #1 - Hospice is Where the Heart Is 09/18/2019
Episode #1 - Hospice is Where the Heart Is Host Gabriel Schauf talks with Sara Moss, NFDA’s education manager and a hospice volunteer, about the remarkable end-of-life care hospice professionals provide to patients and their families. Sara discusses how funeral directors can better interact with hospice workers and their families regarding the support they can provide after a loved one dies.