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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 … [Click to Listen and Read More...]

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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. 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 … [Click to Listen and Read More...]


Toby Blackstar, speaks with Steven C. Turner and enlightens us about funeral customs in the Native American communities.

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 … [Click to Listen and Read More...]

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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’ … [Click to Listen and Read More...]

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Richard Traunero Discusses How Funeral Directors Can “Fly For A Cause.”

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 … [Click to Listen and Read More...]


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. … [Click to Listen and Read More...]


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 … [Click to Listen and Read More...]


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. 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 … [Click to Listen and Read More...]


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 … [Click to Listen and Read More...]


Isaiah Owens –A Renaissance Man in Funeral Service.

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 … [Click to Listen and Read More...]

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