Found at The National Funeral Directors Association Meeting
I recently attended the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) meeting in Austin, Texas. It was a great opportunity to learn about new trends in the industry as well as meet some amazing people who are passionate about helping families grieve and remember loved ones.
Some of the highlights include:
- Urns: Though I saw many beautifully designed caskets and urns, my overall favorite was “Souvenair” an urn by 33 Design Labs. This simply designed, modern wind chime has just the softest ring that can make you feel like your loved one is with you when you hear the wind blow.
- Memory Books: Funeral Directors can create printed books using photos, obituaries and well wishes from family and friends via software from digital guestbooks.
- Video: Video solutions are in-demand in the funeral industry. I spoke with multiple vendors and funeral directors who agree that families like slideshows and videos played at services. Funeral Directors are also offering videos of the service—livestream and DVD—both for guests who are not able to attend in-person and the family who want to remember the tribute to their loved one.
- Personalization: You don’t have to be Richard Branson to be buried in space—Moon Memorials is a company that will launch your loved one’s ashes to the moon. Also, hearses driven by motorcycles, gemstones made with hair or ashes, and pet funerals are just a few examples of how the funeral industry is responding to a greater demand for customization.