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Jun 06, 2017

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Spotlight On Embalming and Preparation in the Funeral Industry

Today, more and more embalming rooms are equipped with overhead lifts which allow a single person to move and casket larger bodies without the help of other staff members and reduce the risk of injury due to lifting. Additionally, the industry has become more aware […]

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Feb 28, 2017

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Design Roundtable

Design Roundtable Karasch: Develop a ‘wants and needs’ list to initially discuss with your designer. Create a list of questions to ask them and ask how using their services would benefit the funeral director. Killingsworth: I always ask the client if they have drawings and […]

Prep Room Worth

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Feb 01, 2016

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The Worth of the Prep Room

The Worth of the Prep Room…Could it be $50,000 – $100,000 annually? By Duncan Stuart Todd Over the years, the embalming room in a funeral home has gone through many transitions in terms of its perceived value to the business and its place in the […]

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Nov 01, 2013

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Architecture and Design Q&A

by Patti Martin Bartsche American Funeral Director • November 2013 When was the last time you looked – really looked – at your funeral home? An up close-and-personal look may reveal some hard truths – outdated furniture, peeling wallpaper, a space that screams, “I’m a funeral […]

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Jul 01, 2013

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10 Tips for a Perfect Prep Room

American Funeral Director • July 2013 In order to be at the top of your game, having a prep room that’s in excellent shape is key. Duncan Todd, president of Duncan Stuart Todd in Boulder, Colo., offers some helpful pointers for making your prep room perfect. 1. […]

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Feb 23, 2013

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Architecture & Design Roundtable

Architecture & Design Roundtable By Patti Martin Bartsche It’s not just the times that are a-changin’. Funeral home design is under- going a transformation of its own, led in large part by the demands and desires of families. To understand what is going on, we […]

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Nov 01, 2011

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The Prep Room: A + or – in Your Funeral Home?

by Duncan Todd, A.I.A. As published in The Director, November 2011 It can be said that when your preparation room is equal to the other rooms in your facility, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. You and your funeral home have […]

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May 01, 2011

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OSHA Compliance

by Gary Finch Funeral Home and Cemetary News, May 2011 In November of 2009, the Journal of National Cancer Institute released a long awaited study examining the link between formaldehyde exposure and specific cancers. National Cancer Institute (NCI) researchers observed an association between embalming and […]

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Apr 01, 2011

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For the Safety of the Embalmer

by Duncan Todd, A.I.A. Mortuary Management, April 2011 View Client Photo Gallery           View Client Testimonial Aside from skill and caring attention to the decedent, what can be more important in the preparation room than concern for the health, life and safety of the embalmer whose […]

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Prep Room Maintenance

by Duncan Todd American Funeral Director, April 2011 Preventative maintenance on a regular schedule is an often neglected function, not only in our homes, but in our businesses. By creating a plan for routine maintenance and executing it faithfully, funeral home directors can realize a […]