Christopher P. Hill: Hello! I'm Chris Hill, founder of FuneralResources.
com, and we are going to be talking in this series about the fact that the funeral industry has really advanced, and it's keeping pace with the growth in the Internet and the new technologies that are available. They're coming out with tools and technologies that really help families better healed, better remember, better memorialize, and pay a special life attribute the way it should be.
And I am going to cover an overview of the series that we're going to be talking about, the first of which is a memorial website. This is a way for the families to get together online from anywhere in the world and share photos and lots of other things. You have video tributes and these are special, because you can put together a series of photos, combine it with some great music of your choice. And have a video that is telling their life story in a meaningful way.
Then you have a funeral webcasting, and this is really a cutting edge and becoming popular, because a lot of people can't attend a funeral, and this is a way where you can actually attend it live, but online via the Internet, and then there is memorial diamonds. What the memorial diamonds are is a way to take cremated remains, or it maybe a lock a hair, and actually you put it into a genuine handcrafted diamond and have that person near you forever.
There is memorial reefs, and these are actually green environmentally-friendly reefs that you can take a cremated remains, put that into the reef and it goes into the water; great for people who were sailors, or in the Navy, or love the water.
And then the last of which is Gravestone Technology, and what that does is that allows a microchip to be embedded into a gravestone, and when you touch a cellphone or any technology up against it, it pops up a person, a story, and it really brings a gravestone to life and personalizes it in a way that never has been done before.
Before we get started let me tell you a little bit about why I am here in my background. I've been a financial adviser for 25 years and I've specialized in retirement planning and I've had to deal with a lot of clients who have lost loved ones. Our industry doesn't have a lot that trains in advance how to prepare for that or what to do after the fact. But what really hit home was when I lost my mother and I went through the experience myself and I understood exactly what it's all about, what's missing.
And so I created FuneralResources.
com, this is the leading online resource center for both families and funeral directors, and what it is, is a place where you can go to and find everything you need from reef support, to technologies, to merchandise and services, to books, to articles, to a state and financial planning help.
So let's go ahead and get started, and I think you'll see that there are some things here that whether it's now, or are going forward, or is it somebody that you know you'll benefit a lot by learning about these. So let's get started.