As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, most funeral homes adopted "temporary" technology solutions to pivot their operations and creatively solve for new challenges. For many, this included the ability to offer families a live streaming solution. Now, as we begin to realize a new normal many funeral home owners and funeral directors are left wondering what the future holds for live streaming.
Greetings - I’m Paul, the Chief Technology Officer here at Gather. I’ve been building software systems for more than twenty years across a variety of industries from finance to marketing technology, manufacturing, and more.
I’ve never been involved in a project as exciting or as personally fulfilling as Gather. We’re proud of the software development team we’ve assembled here in Boise, Idaho. Our team members come from a variety of diverse backgrounds including industrial automation, data center and physical security, and microprocessor manufacturing - we even have an ex-Disney animator on the team.
Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Acts of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, Congress authorized FEMA to provide up to $9,000 in financial assistance to cover burial costs and related funeral expenses for those who have died as a result of COVID-19.
For as long as history has been recorded members of a society have always cared for their dead. As we travel through time from the first embalmers of Egypt, to medieval undertakers, to 19th century funerals and the rise of modern embalming during the American Civil War, explore a brief history of funeral directors from the ancient world to today.
Still Frustrated With Live Streaming?
We talk to funeral directors every day all across America about their experience trying to live stream funerals. Many have tried using Zoom, but end up frustrated, searching for a better option.
We've compiled our Top 9 Reasons why Zoom is NOT a good option for live streaming funerals.
The world of death care is changing — often in ways funeral directors and death care professionals are struggling to prepare for.
The COVID-19 pandemic has taken the world by storm and has brought unprecedented shifts in daily life, physical and mental health, and business practices. The funeral industry is no exception to this trend, with rolling waves of mass closures and gathering limitations, funeral homes have needed to rethink the way they support their families in this new world.
As the world around us continues to change and the funeral industry evolves, so do the needs of funeral directors, their teams, and the families they serve. We have conducted dozens of interviews with funeral directors over a multi-year period to define growing pain points and trends and have found that three broad categories of needs emerge.
This post is the second of two covering what funeral home software must look like and do in the future. These two posts are the result of dozens of interviews with funeral directors over a multi-year period, delving into identifying trends and defining key pain points. In this, we have found that three broad categories of needs emerge.