February 2024

Page A4 february 2024 Use a remote and one hand to load and unload reducing lifting injuries. Quick return on investment Increasing profits Protecting vehicles & employees! By Nancy Weil President Harry Truman said, “I always remember an epitaph which is in the cemetery at Tombstone, Arizona. It says: ‘‘Here lies Jack Williams. He done his damnedest.’ I think that is the greatest epitaph a man can have.” Are you doing your damnedest? As this new year unfolds, what steps are you taking to ensure that your professional skills are advancing and your business growing? Don’t whine about the “rise in cremation rates” this and “lack of time” that. Excuses serve only to make you feel better about not hitting your goals. Each day there is fresh opportunity to make things happen, to move things forward. Creating a plan is step one. Not just any plan, but one with clearly defined goals and target dates. This is not a random list, but one that gets you excited when you read it. There must be a positive emotion behind your goals. It is also important that these goals reflect your desires, not just those that are imposed upon you by others. They may originate from your employer or your favorite social media influencer, but ultimately in order to be successful you must “buy in” to the vision. How hard will you work to achieve someone else’s dream? Would you stay awake late into the night to make this happen? Probably not. Determine what it is that you truly want out of your day, your job, your life. Nothing happens without a plan. Find an accountability partner. Having someone to report your progress to, where you can share your successes and find solutions to your challenges can make the difference between reaching your goals and forgetting you ever had any. Each of you can share your goal, the plan for the Random Musings Serving as Member Resources Director at the International Order of the Golden Rule, Nancy Weil brings her years of experience working in the funeral industry to funeral directors across the globe. Her professional experience includes serving as Director of Grief Support and Community Outreach at Veterans Funeral Care in Clearwater, FL and at eleven cemeteries in Western New York. Nancy travels throughout the country offering presentations on how to reduce stress, combat compassion fatigue and offer support for those who are grieving through her company, The Laugh Academy. With certifications as a Grief Services Provider and Grief Management Specialist, Funeral Celebrant, Soul Injury Ambassador and Laughter Leader, Nancy is uniquely qualified to bring new perspectives into how to best meet the needs of the families you serve. For more information on how Nancy can help you and your company grow, visit her website: www.TheLaughAcademy.com or email Nancy@ TheLaughAcademy.com. FUNERAL HOME & CEMETERY NEWS www.NomisPublications.com Monthly Columnsonline at ready applying. I can assure you, however, that there are many who do not take this advice. Life continues in a “same old/same old” kind of way. This may work for you, but take a moment and ask yourself if are you willing for your epitaph to read, “I done okay”? If not, then set new goals, partner up, be open and willing and end the year knowing you “did your damnedest.” Do Your Damnedest week to work towards it and discuss roadblocks that may crop up and how to work around these. These discussions are to be about encouraging one another, just as much as it is about committing to doing what you say you will do. It is said that if you aren’t growing, you are dead. Growth means constantly challenging yourself to learn new things. You should be reading industry magazines, signing up for webinars or listening to podcasts, taking continuing education courses and reading books on business, sales, grief and any other topic that interests you. Being a perpetual student keeps you interested and passionate about your work. It creates an excitement when you are able to apply your newfound knowledge to a work situation. In an industry centered around death, it is not a good idea for you or your employees to be vocationally deceased. With growth comes change and with change opportunity. Be open to new experiences and relationships this year. Join a study or networking group and make new friends that will help you change the way you do business. Research new suppliers and products to offer to the families you serve. Visit another funeral home or cemetery and be inspired by their story and how they do things. Go beyond business practices and be open to changes within yourself. It may be an external change, such as exercising or a new hairstyle, or it may be an internal shift through an awareness practice or therapy. Change can be scary, but it can also lead to outcomes beyond your current imagination. Embrace what changes come your way. Some of you may be thinking that this is information that you already know. Perhaps it is information that you are alTOPEKA,KS— Newcomer Cremations & Funerals has acquired Melvin J. Sliwinski Funeral Home in Depew, NY. This allows Newcomer to offer high quality, affordable cremation and funeral services to the Buffalo community. With a history of dedicated service, Newcomer brings its Newcomer Expands in New York compassionate care to Buffalo along with the Sliwinski family legacy, which has been a trusted name in the community for generations. “As Newcomer expands its presence to Buffalo, we are pleased to bring our longstanding tradition of compassion and affordability to the community,” said Ren Newcomer, founder of Newcomer Cremations & Funerals. “We understand the importance of providing exceptional funeral services at affordable prices, and we look forward to serving Buffalo with the same level of care that has made us a trusted name in upstate New York.” David Sliwinski, longtime owner and funeral director at Melvin J. Sliwinski Funeral Home, said “I have been going through personal health concerns in recent months and the time has come to consider the future for my funeral home. I am happy to have found a family-owned organization that shares my family’s values, compassion and interest in the community to carry on the legacy of the funeral home after my retirement.” The transition to Newcomer has combined the strengths of both organizations, offering a wide range of cremation and funeral services tailored to meet the needs of Buffalo families. For more information, visit www.newcomer.com. SEND US YOUR NEWS! PO Box 5159, Youngstown, Oh 44514 1-800-321-7479 info@nomispublications.com

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