One of the unique segments of our membership are the firms who operate both a funeral home and a cemetery. We also have members who are considering the purchase or development of 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.
New! The Funeral Home + Cemetery Management Discussion Forum
The Funeral Home + Cemetery Management Discussion Form is for conversations among Selected members who own or manage combo operations or for those contemplating the purchase or development of a cemetery.
Click here to be part of the conversation and the learnings.
Have a question? Post it on The Funeral Home + Cemetery Management Discussion Forum using your login or submit directly to the platform by email at email@example.com.
Selected Connections Program Includes Cemetery Segment
FRENCH Funerals & Cremations, Albuquerque, NM is hosting an exciting and compelling Selected Connections program June 12-14 that will focus on three key topics: power branding, cemeteries and pet cremations. The second day kicks off with a focus on the cemetery led by Chris Keller, Vice President of Sunset Memorial Park. The morning will conclude with a tour of Sunset Memorial Park and Best Friends Forever at Sunset Memorial Park. Click here for details.
Larkin Sunset Gardens Tour and Networking Breakfast Featured at Annual Meeting
We once again offer a special session and networking breakfast at this year’s Annual Meeting at the Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, Salt Lake City, UT.
On Friday, October 12, there will be a tour of Larkin Sunset Gardens, which is situated on 76 acres of lush green property in the south end of the Salt Lake valley. The Wasatch Mountains provide a majestic backdrop for a tour of Larkin’s cemetery, mausoleum, French-style mortuary and chapel. In addition, members of the Larkin Mortuary team will showcase their floral shop, greenhouse reception center and monument design area. The tour will include ample time for questions/answers.
On Saturday, October 13, please plan to join us for a networking breakfast and open discussion, which is quickly becoming a favorite of our combo owners and cemetery managers. Click here for meeting information.
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.
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]
2017 Annual Meeting Recap: Cemetery Tour, Insightful Conversations Offer Fresh Perspectives
Selected members visited Graceland Cemetery to explore the art, architecture and landscape design in this active cemetery and arboretum. Designed by visionary landscape architects, Graceland serves as the final resting place to many prominent Chicago athletes, politicians, industrialists and others. Members also had a chance to share a meal and engage in informal discussion on relevant topics. Click here to see tour photos and our brightest minds at work.
Special thanks for the generous support from our
Funeral Home/Cemetery Management special tour sponsor
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.
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.