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Members in the News: 4-legged employees spotted at Holy Cross Cemetery

Reposted from Culvercitynews.org The Holy Cross Cemetery has apparently rented 250 goats and sheep to keep its plantlife under control, according to one eagle-eyed local resident. Fleur Hervas lives near the cemetery, and she decided to call them last week when she spotted the animals. They told her about the deal between the cemetery and […]

Thinking Ahead Why Cemeteries Should Be Marketing Preneed

By Doug Farrow, OpusXenta  Preneed has always been a marketing buzzword for funeral homes, but it can be just as profitable for cemeteries as well.  While many people shy away from considering their final resting place, cemeteries have an amazing opportunity to share the benefits of their offerings. By making existing customers familiar with the […]

Why Is Marketing Your Cemetery Online So Competitive?

By Welton Hong, Ring Ring Marketing Mimicry is a biological phenomenon in nature. Organisms evolve to mimic each other for assorted reasons, including protection against predators, ability to attract a mate, or help in securing resources. For example, many insects mimic their more toxic brethren to reduce their risks of being eaten by birds. Here’s […]

2022 CCFW Annual Conference Recap

After some time off, we were so blessed to be able to join together once again in Napa for the CCFW Annual conference. While many had to cancel and our numbers were small, those who attended really enjoyed the educational speakers, the roundtable discussions and a sense of camaraderie for those who were there. We […]

Amid Catholic opposition, states are legalizing composting of human remains

Washington, Colorado and Oregon are now among the US states that have legalized the process of converting bodies into soil, a procedure the Catholic Church said fails to show ‘respect for the body of the deceased.’

Cremation Placement Advertising Samples

Thank you to Ted Ratajczyk, Executive Director of Catholic Cemeteries Chicago, for sharing with our group these cremation ads they have been using to encourage cremated remain placement in Catholic Cemeteries.  Feel free to use the same idea in your own community. Closet Full Page Closet Half Page Welcome Home  

Technology Resources for PreNeed Sales

Resources Provided by Dave Petermeier, Coldspring (DPetermeier@coldspringusa.com) During the CCFW Roundtable Discussion on 7-30-20, a big takeaway was that many locations are seeing an increase in Pre-Need sales, especially online. Here are some resources that may be helpful to you when creating online meetings and ramping up your virtual pre-need sales. Continue Meeting your family […]

CCFW Roundtable Discussion 7-30-20

Thank you to all who joined us and contributed to the conversation! You may access the latest Roundtable Recording at: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/3uBfM4jS7VNJR9LC5waPZrQ6O5XAX6a81nAcrKYKnhx67fWCVhleq_G3dX74TNPw Password: wE6Q5?=R The July 30, 2020 Roundtable discussion focused: Procedures for when an employee tests positive? Are you allowing outdoor funeral masses? And, if you are, how are you handling them? What has been […]

CCFW Roundtable Discussion 6-23-20

You may access the latest Roundtable Recording at: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/vJAtdpDz52RIRavJxxzQeIMRLIHqX6a8g3UWqfQLzRkHmGbkLtl_xl42ht_N8vUz Password: 0y+^@o@2 The June 23, 2020 Roundtable discussion focused: What if we want to limit attendance more that what states allow? What access are we providing to restrooms? Graveside Burial Funeral masses

CCFW Roundtable Discussion Recording – May 29, 2020

You may access the latest Roundtable Recording at: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/1_BoK77trERJeKfs1m32Zb86DJ3EX6a8hiIbq6JZmEZqXIYSTQMO-nKwbakQyBZ0 Password: 6w&!#+t5 The May 29, 2020 Roundtable discussion focused: How did you handle your Memorial Day Weekend activities What’s changing now and how are you adjusting? What does the “New” normal look like today? Going forward? How would an Ossuarium benefit the cemetery’s cremation options? What […]

CCFW Roundtable Discussion Recording – May 8, 2020

The May 8, 2020 Roundtable discussion focused: How is everyone handling Memorial Day Best practices for communicating restrictions/procedures to the public Funeral services for mass and burials How the Faith is taking shape in action in Catholic Cemeteries during COVID-19? Planning for next steps as areas of the country begin “phasing” back open The next […]

CCFW Covid-19 Updates and Resources

CCFW would like to be a source of support and resources to our members  during this time of uncertainty in the world. This page has been created to share updates that pertain to the Cemetery and Funeral Industry, Resources from Members that have helped them navigate through daily changes created by Covid-19, as well as […]

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3 Ways Tourism is reshaping cemeteries and the death care industry

The last decade has seen a boom in cemetery tourism, sometimes called Tombstone Tourism. With the rising interest in genealogy, more people are hunting out cemeteries to find their ancestors and trace their story. To feed this demand people who are interested, or even obsessed with cemeteries, or taphophiles are visiting and photographing cemeteries, headstones, […]

New form of Disposition in Washington will go into effect May 2020

In speaking with Richard Peterson, Director of Cemeteries Archdiocese of Seattle, he gave some points to ponder when reading about these new Disposition Laws that have gone or will go into effect in Washington, and possibly other states in the future. How will the funeral rites of the Church be affected? Burial of human remains: […]

Inspired Artisans Conference Contest

For those who have attended the past two CCFW Conferences, you are aware of our Suppler Face Time segment that allows for attendees to interact with our supplier representatives in a fast-paced, creative “get-to-know-you” presentation. One of our suppliers, Gino with Inspired Artisans, takes the creativity to an artistic level naturally. Two years in a […]

Joining us in Napa – Here’s how to get here!

We are very excited to welcome all our Cemetery and Funeral Home attendees, as well as our valuable suppliers to Napa in January 2019! Be sure to visit our conference page for updates and to review the schedule of events. Be sure to book your room at the Westin early in order to take advantage […]

2019 Annual Conference & Membership Scholarship Opportunity

New in 2019! CCFW is offering a chance to (Arch)Diocese Cemetery or Funeral Home representatives to attend the 2019 CCFW Annual Conference and have a 1-year membership to the organization. Join us in Napa, January 28-31, to see the difference being a member of CCFW can make! As a member,  you have access to a […]

Catholic Cemetery Conference Elects 2018 Board of Directors

Hillside, IL, October 1, 2018 – The Catholic Cemetery Conference (CCC), an international Roman Catholic faith network of cemeterians and suppliers, has announced elections to its Board of Directors, effective September 24, 2018. The election was held during the 69th Annual CCC Convention and Exposition in Cincinnati, OH. In making the announcement, Executive Director Dave […]

Letter from the President – Join us in Napa 2019

Dear CCFW Members and Suppliers, I just returned from our planning meeting at the Westin Verasa in Napa, CA and I can confirm that our team found a five-star location and have put together our best ever convention line-up of speakers that will support our personal development, mission and operations. We also booked a golf […]

Aftercare.com Announces Expansion into Canada

CLINTON, NC – August 13, 2018 – Aftercare.com, the automated follow up program for funeral homes and cemeteries, today announced they are expanding into Canada.   Aftercare.com has grown to serve firms in all 50 states and adding the ability to serve Canada further demonstrates their commitment to giving funeral professionals an effortless way to stay […]

PlotBox Opens Third Office in the US

Date: 13 August 2018 PLOTBOX OPENS THIRD OFFICE IN THE US Following the opening of their Boston office earlier this year, which included 4 new roles, PlotBox is delighted to be further expanding and have now established a new base in Austin, Texas. CEO, Sean McAllister says “We’re delighted to be seeing the business go […]

COLDSPRING® ANNOUNCES GOLD CERTIFICATION OF MILBANK QUARRY

Cold Spring, Minn. – (May 9, 2018) – Coldspring® – the leading quarrier and fabricator of natural stone in North America – announces its Milbank operations in Milbank, South Dakota, have received Gold-level ANSI/NSC 373 Sustainable Production of Natural Dimension Stone certification. Developed in accordance with American National Standards Institute (ANSI) guidelines, the rigorous and […]

2018 CCFW Annual Conference Recap

Another conference has come and gone, and this may have been the best conference to date (or so we were told). Our annual conference focuses on education, hospitality and building relationships with our peers. Here’s a recap of the event! Education The 2018 educational focus was creating exceptional customer service, building successful businesses and the importance […]