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Master Planning Round Table: 3 Top Companies Share Their Insights

Any cemetery project starts with a master plan, so cemeterians need to keep up with the latest trends in cemetery design. One of the most popular design elements that have popped up in cemetery expansions in recent years are cremation gardens, which are picturesque settings that incorporate attractive columbariums and/or scattering gardens for cremated remains.

How to Pay for Your Next Improvement Project

By William R. Toson As seen in Catholic Cemetery Magazine Cemetery Project Management and Financing: Creating a WIN-WIN-WIN Relationship The method in which a capital project is funded often determines its financial success. While not every project undertaken by a cemetery can be financially justified in terms of profitability or cost savings, the reality is

Cemetery Design Trends: 4 Industry Experts Share Their Insights

Design and Planning Roundtableby Patti Martin Bartsche – American Cemetery & Cremation Over time, all things change—including cemeteries. For cemetery operators, an integral part of that change is good cemetery design and planning. To find out about the trends, the impact of cremation and more, we turned to four industry experts: John Gary, Vice President

Going to Guatemala to Study Excellence & Another Culture

By: Christine Toson Hentges – ICCFA Magazine, June 2015 In late 2014, a small group of us representing cemeteries, funeral homes, insurance companies and memorial suppliers traveled to Guatemala City, Guatemala, to learn more about how our profession is practiced in a different culture and to have a great adventure.Andrés Aguilar from Señoriales Funeral Homes

When Winter’s Worst is No Problem

By: Steve Cronin (Reprinted from American Cemetery & Cremation Magazine, January 2016, with permission of Kates-Boylston Publications.) You’d think the prospect of dealing with 10 feet of snow during one short winter month would have a cemetery operator worried. However, Fred Lappin doesn’t spend too much time fretting about what will happen if last year’s

A History of Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day from the Tribute Companies! Click on the Vintage Valentine below to watch an informative video on the history of Saint Valentine and the inspiration for the holiday. Be sure to visit your loved ones and give them flowers at each of our locations: Fort Howard Memorial Park, Restlawn Memorial Park, Gardens of

ICCFA Interview Featuring Christine Hentges

Click below to learn about leadership in the Cemetery and Funeral Profession and important topics discussed about how those have succeeded in their businesses. Featuring our own Christine Hentges speaking on overcoming challenges felt while taking on her family’s business (37:07), advice she would give to someone coming into this profession (22:58), as well as

Christine Toson Hentges Blazing a New Trail at ICCFA

“Christine Toson Hentges may not have planned to follow in her father’s footsteps, but fate has a funny way of intervening in people’s lives. Two years ago, Hentges was named president and CEO of The Tribute Companies, taking over the reins of the company founded by her father, Bill, in 1973. This month, Hentges, who