Outside the comfort zone…innovation continued III

What is old and lost, is found and new again.  I am continuing the innovation blog series I started a few weeks ago about people that have created a product or service in the funeral industry that is closely defined, “improve something with a new idea or procedure, or produce a product using a new or better way.”

In many of our cultures and societies of years past, when a death occurred we outwardly displayed our mourning with jewelry, black mourning arm bands or buttons.  Many people also wore black for a period of time. An Irish mother and her three daughters that experienced the loss of so many of their loved one’s has revived this old tradition as a result of a conversation between them. Recalling their own family wake of their father, some visitors had walked past them not realizing that they were daughters and how uncomfortable that felt.  They talked about the embarrassing whispers of people asking who was who and the stories that are lost about him as a result of missed opportunities to share cherished memories.

From their very personal experience, Kate Hamilton along with her very traditional Irish mother and sisters created MourningCross Bereavement Pins www.mourningcross.com as a modern outward display of mourning and in particular to support attendees at visitations wakes and funerals, identity and sympathize with, all of immediate grieving family members.

The MourningCross Bereavement Pins have many applications for not only the families, but for Funeral Professionals:

Identification of Family Members:  At funeral service activities such as visitations, wakes and services, immediate grieving family members are easily identified by wearing MourningCross Bereavement Pins.

Grief Continues After the Services:  A family members mourning does not cease at the conclusion of services.  Much like customs of the past where black arm bands or clothing were worn, wearing a MourningCross Bereavement Pin during the time of mourning is an outward display for the immediate grieving family members to “share the story of the life lived.”

Removal Leave Behind:  Upon removal of the deceased from the place of death, many firms leave a MouringCross Bereavement Pin on the pillow of the deceased.  Hospice, nursing home and hospital workers also experience grief of the people they have cared for.

After Care Groups:  Funeral homes offer or support surviving family member’s aftercare programs in their communities.  MourningCross Bereavement Pins are a perfect symbol for those to identify with each other as they walk through the grief process.

Either provided to the direct survivor, sold individually or offered for sale as part of your funeral home’s packages (register book, memorial folders, acknowledgement cards, etc.), the MourningCross Bereavement Pins will provide the families you are serving with a modern display of a lost tradition…and as Funeral Professional, you will assist the family with their walk through grief.

I have personally talked to a mother that lost her daughter that was a recipient of a MourningCross Bereavement Pin at our funeral home, and purchased additional Pins for her family as a modern outward display of mourning their loss.  Trust me, MourningCross has meaning, significance and is cherished by those that choose to wear them.

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  1. Keristan Ebeniro said:

    Hi. I am in the starting stages of starting a aftercare business for grieving families after the funeral that require extra help. And my question was how do I approach funeral directors asking if I can leave business cards in their facility just in case a family was to ask about aftercare services that they dont offer. I know I dont want to sell anything to the directors in general but I would like them to at least mention me as a third party service if they cannot help. Thank you for youy feedback.


  2. Jeff Harbeson said:

    Greetings Keristan! First, thank you for reading The Funeral Commander blog…My advice to to make an appointment with the funeral home owner and introduce yourself along with your program of work for aftercare. Present on at least some type of flyer..do you have a website? From there, you may ask if you, along with the owner can send out a letter/email to recent survivors inviting them to the first monthly aftercare meeting…perhaps a the funeral home? Check out http://www.mourningcross.com, maybe include a cross or one of the “Modern Display of a Lost Tradition” Bereavement Pins as a gift for those that attend the meetings…sort of a symbol of inclusiveness. Please let me know if this works for you…and send me more about your website/business. ~Jeff


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  6. Jeff Harbeson said:

    Thanks Katlyn…please let me know if I may assist you..I’m relatively new at this myself


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  9. Hey Jeff. Thanks for the reply. Sorry it took so long I just had my second son a couple of days ago. But yes check out my website and any advice on beginning my aftercare service would be appreciated. There is no other buisness like it in the area so im a little nervous and anxious. Thank you again


  10. Jeff Harbeson said:

    Congrats!! Let me know how I can help…


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