Dallas Institute of Funeral Service

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End-of-Life Doulas Are Changing How We Die | Blog | PBS 06/21/2024

Death companionship may seem like a new field in the funeral industry with its recent boom in popularity, but the reality is that it has been a fundamental calling throughout history. Learn more from these compelling stories from end-of-life doulas:

End-of-Life Doulas Are Changing How We Die | Blog | PBS Meet the end-of-life or death doulas training to help provide emotional, practical, and spiritual support to people who are dying, and to the loved ones around them. And watch Sister Una Lived a Good Death on PBS.

06/19/2024

New advances in technology have long impacted the industry and will continue to do so in the coming years. Here is one expert's take on how new tech can be a helpful addition to your service offerings: https://bit.ly/3x24Are

Holding Space and What It Means for Funeral Directors | Pierce Mortuary Colleges 06/13/2024

As a funeral professional, one of the most fulfilling aspects of your job is the ability to truly help your community in a profound way. Creating a holding space for those grieving is one skill that can help you meet the emotional and mental needs of your clients in an impactful way:

Holding Space and What It Means for Funeral Directors | Pierce Mortuary Colleges Pierce Mortuary Colleges are longstanding institutions with a rich history. See why they rank among the top funeral service colleges in America.

5 tips from Tampa Bay funeral directors on how to plan for death 06/11/2024

It’s important to have conversations with your loved ones about how they’d like to be honored, long before the day arrives. Hear from a few industry experts regarding their top 5 tips:

5 tips from Tampa Bay funeral directors on how to plan for death Experts in the “death care” industry say it’s important to have conversations with your loved ones about how they’d like to be honored, long before the day arrives.

Here's a unique way to blend land preservation with urn burials 06/05/2024

In an interesting return to our ancient traditions, learn about the new project underway in Great Britain to construct an ancient-style burrow site facility for modern cremated human remains:

Here's a unique way to blend land preservation with urn burials     Funeral directing company A.W. Lymn of Nottinghamshire, Great Britain, has been giving the green light to construct an ancient style facil

Embracing Community: The Why and How of Networking in the Funeral Industry | Pierce Mortuary Colleges 06/05/2024

In funeral service, there's a thread that weaves through grief and comfort - the power of networking. It's not just a career strategy; it's the backbone of our profession at the crossroads of service and solace.

Join us in exploring the art of relationship nurturing, creating lasting impressions, and leveraging technology to forge connections that transcend boundaries. Let's celebrate the luminous heritage of community support that defines our industry! 🤝💐

Embracing Community: The Why and How of Networking in the Funeral Industry | Pierce Mortuary Colleges Explore the significance of networking in the funeral industry, from mentorship to digital connections. Learn how building relationships elevates careers and shapes the profession's collective identity.

Dying and Other Stuff: A Practical Perspective on Good Deaths 06/03/2024

Death can be considered a taboo in many cultures, but with the world’s population aging rapidly, it behooves us to advocate for support systems – such as informative literature, preparatory classes, dedicated spaces, and accessible death experts:

Dying and Other Stuff: A Practical Perspective on Good Deaths Death is considered taboo in the Western world and many other cultures. With the world’s population aging rapidly, we cannot afford to turn a blind eye toward the process of dying.

Inside the uplifting world of Death Cafes 05/23/2024

As part of a global movement aimed at demystifying funeral practices and embracing end-of-life processes, Death Cafes are popping up across the world where people gather to talk about death over tea and cake:

Inside the uplifting world of Death Cafes Meet the young people finding life talking about death in cafes popping up across the world.

The Art of Personalizing Funerals: Creating a Meaningful Goodbye 05/21/2024

The recent trends in personalized funeral services highlight the desire for a more intimate and meaningful farewell, one that captures the essence of the person and celebrates the person’s life:

The Art of Personalizing Funerals: Creating a Meaningful Goodbye Funeral services have long been seen as traditional and standardized. However, in recent years, personalization is becoming increasingly important for many people. This trend highlights the desire …

05/16/2024

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It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of John Firestone, a man of remarkable character and integrity. His unwavering dedication to his family and community will forever be cherished. For further details on his obituary and memorial services, please click the link below.

www.turrentinejacksonmorrow.com John William Firestone, a beloved husband, father and grandfather of McKinney, Texas passed away Sunday, May 12, 2024 at the age of 82. He was born to John Alfred and Lavina (Pierce) Firestone on July 12, 1941 in Centralia, Illinois.  Later they moved to Oklahoma City where he spent his childhood y...

05/16/2024

Our favorite event of the year is tomorrow night! The ceremony will be live-streamed here at 6:00 p.m.

05/15/2024

Thinking about a rewarding career in Mortuary Science? We pride ourselves on offering the best student experience - inside and outside the classroom!

How Will New Technology Change the Way We Mourn? 05/13/2024

New tech has the power to change our lives, but how is evolving technology changing the funeral industry? And what new technologies are expected to change the way that we collectively mourn in the future?

How Will New Technology Change the Way We Mourn? Brad is the former editor who oversaw contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase.

Chicago Artist Crafts Beautiful Blankets for Green Burials | Connecting Directors 05/10/2024

Intertwining the art of weaving with a passion for burial practices, this artist's handwoven shrouds offer an innovative approach to how we contemplate and prepare for our final journey:

Chicago Artist Crafts Beautiful Blankets for Green Burials | Connecting Directors With his hand-woven, brightly-colored burial blankets, Illinois artist Anders Zanichkowsky is proving that there is room for even more beauty and brightness in the lovely ritual of natural burial.

Can You Read Your Way to a Better Death? 05/08/2024

The emergence of death-positive literature spans across genres seeking to destigmatize death-related professions, support open dialogue, and improve end-of-life care:

Can You Read Your Way to a Better Death? "Death-positive" literature emerges as a powerful tool that can lead to a more knowledgeable approach to the mystery that awaits us all.

112 Years Later, What Can We Learn From the Handling of the Titanic Dead? | Connecting Directors 05/02/2024

Although most of us are familiar with the tragedy of the Titanic, rarely do we consider how the dead were actually retrieved, preserved, identified, and returned to their loved ones for disposition. It’s a fascinating topic that can provide valuable lessons for deathcare professionals, even today: https://bit.ly/44pI5Zl

112 Years Later, What Can We Learn From the Handling of the Titanic Dead? | Connecting Directors One-hundred-and-twelve years later, the drama of the world’s most famous shipwreck, the Titanic, continues to fascinate us.

The ultimate green burial? Human composting lets you replenish the earth after death 04/30/2024

A growing number of Americans are eager to see more environmentally friendly alternatives to conventional burial and cremation. Human composting is the latest option:

The ultimate green burial? Human composting lets you replenish the earth after death Only seven states have legalized human composting as a burial practice. That's why 29 percent of the bodies brought to Recompose, a composting facility in Seattle, come from out of state.

04/25/2024

Besides being one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in funeral services across the United States, our colleges are also among the nation's most distinguished comprehensive colleges with high-quality programs. Discover what makes us different: https://www.pierce.edu/

Top Five Reasons to Study Mortuary Science | Pierce Mortuary Colleges 04/18/2024

Considering a career in mortuary science? Here's why it might be the right path for you... It's a blend of art and science, offers the opportunity to profoundly impact people's lives during their most vulnerable moments, and comes with diverse career options and promising income prospects. Dive deeper into the rewarding world of funeral services and explore the top reasons to study mortuary science!

Top Five Reasons to Study Mortuary Science | Pierce Mortuary Colleges Pierce Mortuary Colleges are longstanding institutions with a rich history. See why they rank among the top funeral service colleges in America.

Careers in Death Care: A Day in the Life of a Cemetery Programs Manager 04/15/2024

Cemeteries play a vital role in our communities, serving as places for reflection, connection, and remembrance. 🌿✨

From historical tours to social events, Cemetery Programs Managers bring these spaces to life with engaging programming. Discover the fascinating world of Cemetery Programs Managers and the diverse responsibilities that come with this unique role!

Careers in Death Care: A Day in the Life of a Cemetery Programs Manager Careers in Death Care: Cemeteries can also be so much more than burial and commemoration. Learn more about this exciting career path.

The Importance of Art in a “Good Death” 04/10/2024

The resurgence of deathcare workers across industries presents an opportunity to creatively reimagine what a good death can look like and how art can play a role in giving us a literal and social sense of shelter “for collective and personal grief to be witnessed and held.”

The Importance of Art in a “Good Death” The resurgence of deathcare workers across industries presents an opportunity to creatively reimagine what a good death can look like.

Talking to Toddlers and Young Children About Death 04/04/2024

Talking about death with toddlers and young children can feel overwhelming. How do we approach such a delicate topic in a way that is honest, direct, and age-appropriate? 🤔

Whether facing the loss of a family member, a friend, or a pet, this guide provides insights on how to help support a child through their questions and emotions, making an incredibly difficult process a little easier to manage.

Talking to Toddlers and Young Children About Death Talking about death is hard. Talking to toddlers can be challenging. Talking to toddlers about death is daunting.

Send Your Ashes into Orbit for a Funeral in Space 04/04/2024

The concept of space burials has become a reality with companies offering services to send cremated remains into orbit, providing a unique, once unattainable option for those who have always looked up to the stars and dreamed of joining them:

Send Your Ashes into Orbit for a Funeral in Space Spread the loveIntroduction Space, the final frontier – not just for exploration and scientific discovery but also for an increasingly popular, truly out-of-this-world choice for one’s final resting place. The concept of space burials has become a reality with companies offering services to send...

04/02/2024

We are committed to offering an academic experience built around a strong sense of community. It's one of the many things that sets us - and our students - apart from other funeral service programs in the U.S.

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Life beyond death: Digging deep into the growing trend of green burials | Globalnews.ca 03/27/2024

As we look at different ways to be more environmentally friendly, experts say people are increasingly putting thought into what impact we have on the environment after death:

Life beyond death: Digging deep into the growing trend of green burials | Globalnews.ca As people look at different ways to be more environmentally friendly, experts say more people are putting thought into the impact we have on the environment after passing away.

Why It's Beneficial to Spend Time in Cemeteries 03/25/2024

Various studies and research has shown that thinking about death and planning ahead can help us lead more fulfilling lives:

Why It's Beneficial to Spend Time in Cemeteries Increasing your sense of "death awareness" is the first step to a better life

03/22/2024

We are proud to offer our students valuable experience in their field of expertise and our smaller class size means that you get the one-on-one attention that you need to succeed. Learn more on our website: https://www.pierce.edu/

The Death Positive Movement Explained | HealthNews 03/20/2024

Since 2011, the Death Positive Movement has emerged to help people openly talk about end-of-life issues. Learn more about the movement and the science behind it:

The Death Positive Movement Explained | HealthNews The Death Positive Movement believes thinking and talking about death reduces death anxiety. To the typical modern person, this sounds unnerving, but the movement is here to help.

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