85 episodes

Bateman Funeral Home is focused on helping people showcase their life story in their final wishes. This podcast is designed to provide tips and tools, as well as answer common questions about the funeral industry, to help people navigate the funeral planning process.

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Bateman Funeral Home is focused on helping people showcase their life story in their final wishes. This podcast is designed to provide tips and tools, as well as answer common questions about the funeral industry, to help people navigate the funeral planning process.

    New Trends: Unique Memorials and Keepsakes

    New Trends: Unique Memorials and Keepsakes

    In this trilogy, Brian focuses on new innovations and trends in the funeral industry. With the rise in popularity of celebrations of life, there are now more ways than ever to memorialize a loved one. To highlight that, Brian talks about different types of keepsakes available to help you honor the life of a loved one. In this episode, he talks about keepsake urns, The Edge Art Gallery and Glass Blowing Studio, and Thumbies and Buddies Keepsakes. For those who want to honor their loved one with a living memorial, he talks about the Tree of Life program, blooming urns, memorial gardens and memorial trees. Brian talks about memorial jewelry, memorial albums, and tribute videos. You can watch our Facebook episode on tips for creating a video tribute. 
    If you have any questions, or have another trend you would like The Last Track to cover, you can email Brian at info@batemanpacificview.com. 

    • 14 min
    New Trends: Ideas for Holding a Celebration of Life

    New Trends: Ideas for Holding a Celebration of Life

    In this trilogy, Brian focuses on new innovations and trends in the funeral industry. There are several differences between how a funeral is run by an ordained minister and a celebrant, such as the way the life of the decedent is spoken about and how the officiant addresses the religious portion of the service. Brian explains the difference between a life story and a eulogy and different ways to share memories.  Bringing the spirit of the departed loved one to the service is the main focus of a celebration of life. From the location of the service, to the music, readings and decorations, each element can bring healing and comfort. Brian also gives tips on how to bring the life story of the person who has passed to life. This podcast also addresses ideas on how to celebrate a life such as lighting a life candle, including videos from the decedent's life and showcasing their hobbies at the service.
    If you have any questions, or have another trend you would like The Last Track to cover, you can email Brian at info@batemanpacificview.com. 

    • 20 min
    New Trends: Aquamation

    New Trends: Aquamation

    In this trilogy, Brian focuses on new innovations and trends in the funeral industry. Brian explains what the process of aquamation is and how it is different than standard cremation. He talks about how it impacts the environment and the benefits of choosing aquamation. Brian also addresses some of the reasons that it may not be the right choice for you.
    If you have any questions, or have another trend you would like The Last Track to cover, you can email Brian at info@batemanpacificview.com. 

    • 9 min
    How to Memorialize a Loved One With Water Burial

    How to Memorialize a Loved One With Water Burial

    Burial at sea is often thought of as something that sailors and fishermen, but it is a service that anyone can elect for. A water burial can happen with both full body or the scattering of ashes in the ocean or at an inland body of water.
    There are two ways that a water burial is regulated: the EPA through the Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act of 1972 (MPRSA) and the Clean Water Act. These protect our waterways from debris and harmful waste. Brian covers how to select a burial container to not contribute to marine debris and the regulations that need to be followed during the burial. He provides suggestions on natural memorial objects such as scattering petals, flowers and wreaths.
    In addition to regulations, Brian also talks about ideas on how to memorialize a loved one during a water burial or scattering. From taking pictures of the burial site and local landmarks to holding military honors, he covers a variety of memorializations that you could choose from. There is also an option for the Navy or Coast Guard to perform a water burial for former servicemember's. When the Navy or Coast Guard perform the water burial, the committal ceremony is performed while the ship is deployed. This means that the family cannot attend, though the commanding officer will send a letter to the family sharing the exact date, time, and location where the committal ceremony took place in addition to any photos that may have been taken.
    If you want to learn more about our burial options, visit our website at batemanpacificview.com or email info@batemanpacificview.com. 

    • 12 min
    How to Memorialize a Loved One With an Online Service

    How to Memorialize a Loved One With an Online Service

    There are many ways to honor a loved one through an online service. With many people having family and friends scattered across the globe, there has been a rise in demand for online memorialization.  In this episode, Brian covers creating an online obituary, a video tribute, live streaming a memorial or funeral service, memorializing social media accounts and how to even provide a way for open sharing through an obituary page. This episode outlines several tips on how to write an online obituary and how to utilize a variety of features that are included in an online obituary, such as photos and a tribute wall. He also covers how to create a video tribute and online service folders. 
    If you want to learn more about our memorialization options, visit our website at batemanpacificview.com or email info@batemanpacificview.com. 

    • 15 min
    How to Memorialize a Loved One With Green Burial

    How to Memorialize a Loved One With Green Burial

    NFDA reports that 14 percent of Americans over age 40 say they would choose green burial and around 62 percent would like to learn more about it. In this episode, Brian explains what a green burial and green service means for most individuals. He covers different types of green burial options and green dispositions from burial to cremation and aquamation or alkaline hydrolysis. There are also many different places that a green burial can take place such as a pioneer cemetery, urn garden and even burial at sea. When considering burial options, there are a large variety of burial containers available for a natural burial such as a wooden casket, cotton or wool casket and even urns made of salt or sand.
    Sharing some tips for memorializing a loved one, Brian gives ten ideas on how to celebrate their life in a green way. Some of these ideas include selecting a natural headstone, painting memorial stones, and offering an online attendance option.
    If you want to learn more about our burial options, visit our website at batemanpacificview.com or email info@batemanpacificview.com. 

    • 14 min