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Funeral Industry 2014 in the Rear View Mirror; 2015 in the Windshield
(Funeral Commander)

There are all sorts of “Auld Lang Syne” and “Resolutions for 2015″ posts going around, so as my
first Funeral Commander post of the year, I thought I would recap some of the top 2014 funeral
industry stories and offer predictions for 2015.  Fortunately I have many contacts with funeral
industry publication and news providers so I contacted them for their opinions on the top stories.  
Interestingly, we were all pretty much in agreement.  Sadly, I read Connecting Directors Top 20
Most Read Funeral Articles and did a little “social media research.”  The gulf between relevant
news vs. “bubble gum for the brain” stuff relating to funeral content which many find important is
truly a pitiful testament to the profession.   

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Jan 7th
1943- Nikola Tesla
1944- Lou Hoover
1990- Joseph Robbie
2007- Bobby Hamilton

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< Jan. 6th
Jan 4
Stuart Scott, ESPN sports
caster, died at 49.

Jan 3
Edward W. Brooke, U.S.
Senator, died at 95.

Jan 2
"Little" Jimmy Dickens,
(b. 1920) country musician
(Grand Old Opry), died from
cardiac arrest after suffering a
stroke on Christmas, at 94.

Jan 1
Mario Cuomo, former NY
Governor, died at 82.

Donna Douglas (Elly May
Clampett- Beverly Hillbillies)
died from pancreatic cancer
at 82.
Two Women Sunbathe in Cemetery atop Gravestone, Sparking
Outrage
Two women have sparked a flurry of outrage in Australia, after they were spotted sunbathing
atop a gravestone in a cemetery located just meters away from Glenmaggie lake.

The incident began when the two women, who are believed to be in their 40s, were
photographed laying atop a couple’s grave in Glenmaggie Cemetery clad only in bikinis,
according to the Daily Mail. Located in Eastern Victoria, the cemetery sits next to a caravan
park, where Seven News reports that the sunbathers were staying. The pair refused to comment
when approached by a reporter for the news outlet.
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Pinterest "Board of the Day"
Apr. 8-11: Annual Convention & Exposition
for the ICCFA

May 1: CANA/CMS Crematory Operations
Certification Conference (Providence, RI)

Oct. 18-21: NFDA International Convention
& Expo (Indianapolis, IN)
Have you visited our "Gravely
Famous"
board on Pinterest? If no,
why not? There are over 1,200
photos of the graves of the famous.
There is so much to see, check it
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Shaler Funeral Home First in the State to Offer DNA Banking
(Rachel Farkas: 12-31-14)

For Etna resident Andrew Weckman, saving his father's
hereditary records through DNA banking brought him peace
of mind.

“I wanted to get my dad's sample of DNA to see if there are
any health concerns I should be aware of,” said Weckman,
adding he was concerned both for his health and the health
of his future children.

Perman Funeral Home in Shaler has become the first funeral home in the state to offer DNA
banking services through a company called DNA Memorial, owner Frank Perman said. DNA
banking saves the deceased's DNA and preserves it at room temperature indefinitely.

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Scene of AirAsia Victim's Burial Reveals Family's Deep Loss

SURABAYA, Indonesia (AP) — At the muddy gravesite where Hayati Lutfiah Hamid was
buried, something was missing. Though around 150 villagers had gathered to lay the first identified
victim of AirAsia Flight 8501 to rest, the people who would mourn her most were not there.

Her husband, Djoko Suseno, 9-year-old daughter, Naura Kanita Rosada Suseno, and mother-in-
law, Soemanik Saeran, are all still missing in the Java Sea after their plane went down Sunday,
killing all 162 people on board.

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