Dear Association Members,
Attached is the October WVFDCOA Fact Line Newsletter.
May this Autumn be a harvest of happy times for you all!
Many funeral homes engage with their community on social media. As part of NFDA’s Remembering A Life consumer outreach and education initiative, we’ve created ready-to-use social media posts for you to use on your funeral home’s Facebook and Instagram pages! These posts will help you educate your community about the value of funerals and the unique expertise only you can offer.
You can find the posts on the NFDA Website (member login required). The messages cover a wide range of topics including planning a meaningful service, what to do after the funeral, service options, benefits for veterans, grief and more.
The posts are meant to catch the eye of people in your community and position your staff and your funeral homes as your community’s expert on meaningful funerals.
When posting these images on your funeral home’s Facebook or Instagram account, include a tailored message about your business and the services you provide.
After you publish your message, remember to like, comment and respond to individuals who interact with the post.
New social media graphics will be added throughout the year, so look for fresh offerings in the future.
If you need help, be sure to check out A Guide to Using Remembering A Life Social Media Images, which can be found along with the social media posts when you visit the link above.
You may also want to follow Remembering A Life’s social media pages and share our posts to your funeral home’s social media pages. You can find us on:
Questions: Just give NFDA a call (800-228-6332) and we’ll help your funeral home get social!
For even more Remembering A Life community outreach tools, visit www.nfda.org/rememberingalife.
New postal requirements for the shipping of cremated remains go into effect September 30, according to the latest revision to the United States Postal Services’ “How to Package and Ship Cremated Remains” pamphlet. According to T. Scott Gilligan, NFDA general counsel, the most significant change is that USPS will now require Label 139 to be applied to all sides of the shipping box, including the top and bottom. Currently, it is simply a recommendation, not a requirement. Label 139 is available at the Postal Store on www.usps.com or can be obtained at a retail post office location.
The new requirements are designed to make the package more visible, in turn making the mailing process more secure.
For both domestic and international shipping, cremated remains must be shipped by USPS Priority Mail Express or Priority Mail Express International Service utilizing either a USPS-produced or customer-supplied shipping package. If using a customer-supplied shipping package, it must be strong and durable to withstand transportation handling. When mailing cremated remains internationally, the primary inner container must be an urn.
Shippers must pack the remains in a primary inner sift-proof container, cushioning material and an outer shipping package. USPS notes that a sift proof container is any vessel that does not allow loose powder to leak or sift out. There are many options available to store cremated remains – from simple wooden boxes to decorative urns.
For convenience, USPS has a Priority Mail Express Cremated Remains box that may be used for domestic or international shipments using the applicable Priority Mail Express service. The box can be ordered online and is available as part of a kit.
Before closing and sealing the shipping package, USPS recommends adding a slip of paper with both the sender’s and recipient’s address and contact information inside the package learn more here. This extra step will help to identify the sender and receiver in the event the shipping label becomes detached.
This article originally appeared in the September 12, 2019, issue of the Memorial Business Journal.