FDChat #09 – Beacham McDougald Interview

FDChat #09 – Beacham McDougald Interview

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Nancy Burban talks with Beacham McDougald: author, fourth generation funeral director and President of McDougald Funeral Home and Crematorium. They discuss the importance of creating a meaningful funeral ceremony and also economics and service, cremation rates, Beacham’s local funeral study group and the legend of Concetto Farmica.

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Show Notes

Contact Beacham McDougald:
Facebook
McDougald Funeral Home and Crematorium

Mortuary Management
Learn about Concetto Farmica
Alexandra Mosca on Facebook
Thomas Lynch on Facebook
Melissa Johnson Williams on Facebook
Funeral Home Viewing Bed

Olive Wood Ornament

Interview Excerpt:

Nancy: Now you said that cremation is almost up to 50 percent nationwide and 45 percent in your area in the south.

Beacham: Right. We put a crematorium in, in 1997. I had to wait until after my father passed because he was adamantly opposed to cremation.
Nancy: He was.

Beacham: In 1997 I installed one and our cremation was 13 percent of our services at that time. As I said, last year it was 43 percent and this year it's hitting 45 percent. So I see it continuing to increase. I know that in the next few years it's going to become over 50 percent here.

Beacham McDougald Interview Transcript

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  • Nancy Burban

    Beacham,
    Thank you for doing this insightful podcast with me. Your stories resonate with me all day, every day. Everytime that I hear the words “direct cremation”, I now envision your comfy, warm bedroom visitation room & myheart fills with joy for the lucky family to have found you at their hour of need.
    I am so blessed to have found you, too. If character is fate, then you are fated to be one of the nicest, most compassionate Funeral Directors living today. Your writing and many kind deeds set a textbook example for new FDs entering the field. Your mentoring & teaching of your peers sets the bar for excellence in this field.
    And, God blessed me with a true friend in you.
    God bless you, Beacham.
    Nancy

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