Welcome Combo Owners!
One of the unique segments of our membership are those members who operate both a funeral home and a cemetery. Selected supports these members by providing opportunities for them to share and learn from each other in various settings. Want more information or have something to share? Contact Denise Zoephel or call 800-323-4219.
Sharing and learning from one another begins with connection. Now you can locate and connect with fellow Selected members who own combo operations by accessing the Combo Owner Roster. The roster includes both North American and international members and provides firm address, website and contact name with phone number and email address to facilitate communication among owners.
Happenings at the 2017 Annual Meeting
Selected is proud to support our members currently managing combo locations or those contemplating the development or purchase of a cemetery by offering two unique opportunities to share and learn.
Graceland Cemetery Tour
Tuesday, September 12, 3:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
For more than 150 years, Graceland Cemetery has been an oasis of art, architecture and landscape design for residents and tourists as both an active cemetery and arboretum. Designed by visionary landscape architects, including O.C. Simonds, Graceland serves as the final resting place to many prominent Chicago athletes, politicians, industrialists and others. Selected members will have a unique opportunity to meet with both Larry Sloane, Director, and Jensen Allen, Associate Director, for a Q&A session and private tour followed by time to explore on your own.
NOTE: There’s no additional fee to participate for members registered for the Annual Meeting. However, RSVPs (as found on the meeting registration form) are required to ensure transportation. Spouses/Guests also may participate by selecting the appropriate option on the registration form.
Special thanks for the generous support from our
Funeral Home/Cemetery Management special tour sponsor
Wednesday, September 13, 7:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Back by popular demand, those interested in Funeral Home/Cemetery Management will have a chance to share a meal and engage in informal discussion on topics that matter to you.
NOTE: There’s no additional fee for members registered for the Annual Meeting. However, RSVPs (as found on the meeting registration form) are required to ensure adequate seating.
2016 Annual Meeting Recap
Selected members Bill McReavy, Washburn-McReavy Funeral Chapel, MN and Lance Larkin, Larkin Mortuary, UT, shared what they are doing to market, promote, manage and grow their combo locations.
Special Bulletin Editions
Check out these special Bulletin editions showcasing Selected Combo Owners who leverage creativity, years of operational experience and unique alternatives to traditional practices.
Access these featured articles by clicking on the links below:
Washburn-McReavy Creates Synergies [click here for article]
St. Charles Memorial Gardens Capitalizes on Strengths [click here for article]
Forest Hills Memorial Gardens:
Challenges and Opportunities [click here for article]
McLane Riverview Memorial Gardens:
Persistence in Overcoming Obstacles [click here for article]
Horan & McConaty’s Cremation Gardens
Offer Unique Alternatives to Traditional Cemeteries [click here for article]
Larkin Mortuary Leverages Diversity and Creativity
to Better Serve Families and Fuel Success [click here for article]
The Buchanan Group, Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Centers:
Serving Families Through Partnerships [click here for article]
Selected Combo Owners Featured!
Preferred Partner Tukios has created the web series called Funeral Cribs, showcasing funeral facilities with interesting properties and unique stories.
The first episode of Funeral Cribs was filmed at Selected member firm Larkin Mortuary in Salt Lake City, Utah. Click here to learn about how their funeral business has turned into a booming wedding business.
The second episode features Selected member firm Washburn-McReavy in MN. Click here to view the episode and see how they started out as a tiny furniture store on the banks of the Mississippi river and turned into a booming family business serving thousands of families each year.
The third episode features Selected member firm Flanner & Buchanan Funeral Centers in IN. Click here to see their beautiful facilities and to hear their story of serving families in various and unique ways over the years.
Here are some materials specifically for Combo Owners:
- 7 Tips for Finding Good Funeral/Cemetery Sales People
- Veteran's Day/Memorial Day Events
- Cemetery Best Practices
Do you have ideas or items to share with other Combo Owners or would you like to have your operation spotlighted? Please submit your tips and photos to Denise Zoephel by email.