Funeral Service News


A new movie is being filmed in Graham, NC, and it features a familiar location VFMY News 2. March 31, 2023

The life of our friend, North Carolina funeral director Danny Jefferson, will soon be the subject of a movie. 

Family feud leads to stolen ashes from Queens funeral home: lawsuit New York Post, March 12, 2022

A cautionary tale for all funeral homes.

Funeral home executive sentenced for embezzling $2 million to fund lavish lifestyle Fox 11, December 20, 2021

A family that says the wrong body was buried in their mother’s plot is suing a New York funeral home for $88 million Business Insider, November 21, 2021

How could this have happened?

Q&A with a Tissue Navigator: Empowering Families to Support the Search for a Cure September 22, 2020

Morte Girl Melissa Johnson Williams continues to make news in her new endeavor.

‘Your True Calling Will Simply Find You’ American Funeral Director, June 2020

Great interview with another of our favorite Morte Girls, Sharon Gee-Mascarello. She is the editor and main author of the soon-to-be published textbook “Embalming: History, Theory, and Practice, Sixth Edition.” But that’s just Sharon’s latest contribution to funeral service. She is an embalming instructor at Wayne State University, and a frequent  presenter at state and national conventions.

‘Never Encountered Anything Like This’: Funeral Directors, Police Encouraged to Seek Counseling in Pandemic NJ Pen, April 21, 2020

US Funeral Workers Among Most Exposed To Coronavirus Cases  International Business Times, March 25, 2020

Women in the Funeral Industry: Beatrice E. Lewanduski, CFSP NYSFDA March 2020

One of our favorite Morte Girls talks about her long career in funeral service, and gives advice to those wishing to forge their own career. Bea is a past president of the New York State Funeral Directors Association, and  currently serves as NY’s representative to the National Funeral Directors Association.

The Work We Do: Karen Heppner Riverhead News-Review, January 29, 2020

Here’s another female funeral director representing what we do with dignity and decorum.

Korean independence fighter Whang Ki-whan at rest in New York cemetery YonHap News Agency, March 29, 2019

A Director’s Lifelong Mission  Texas Director October 2018

Our friend, funeral director Jim Kurtz, was featured on the cover of Texas Director. His story is sure to make every funeral director proud.

Death Anxiety, Psychology Today, May 18, 2018

Hall of Famer Quietly Owns Funeral Home,, May 9, 2018

Making Hart Island’s graves easier to visit Fox5, May 8, 2018

The art of the funeral, passed down through generations,, May 4, 2018

Burning Out: What Really Happens Inside a Crematorium, Popular Mechanics, March 1, 2018

Want to Plan for Your Death and Funeral? Here’s How, The New York Times, February 20, 2018

Ode to an Obituary Writer, a Dying Breed, New Jersey Monthly, February 16, 2018

Let’s Keep the Funeral Tradition Alive The Saturday Evening Post, Jan./Feb. 2018

Arlington Ladies’ Attend Every Funeral at the National Cemetery, NBC News, January 2, 2018

John Herzig’s Famous Endings Museum  Ohio Magazine, January 2018

The museum contains an outstanding collection of funeral memorabilia. It is a “must visit.”

New Study Finds Formaldehyde Does Not Cause Cancer by Gene Mutation, National Toxicology Program, August 2017

Funeral home is only one in Madison owned by black mortician Wisconsin State Journal, April 24, 2014


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