FDChat #09 – Beacham McDougald Interview

FDChat #09 – Beacham McDougald Interview

with nancy

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:
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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