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Local funeral homes recognized

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Two local funeral homes were recently recognized for going above and beyond by a state association.

French Funeral Home, 421 E. National Ave., Brazil, and Moore Funeral Home, 142 N. Washington St., Brazil, both earned the Award of Excellence from the Indiana Funeral Directors Association, based in Indianapolis.

Both funeral homes have been members of the IFDA for several years.

To be considered for the award, funeral homes have to fit specific criteria provided by the IFDA.

According to French Funeral Home Owner/Funeral Director Susie French, this is the first year IFDA has presented the awards.

"I think it's another way that you're validated for the quality work that you try to do and you strive to do," French said. "It's a nice way to recognize that the staff all together does these things. It's not just one person. Everybody that works here participates."

French said the IFDA keeps funeral homes up to date in changes in laws that pertain to funeral services, among other things.

"I always think it's important to belong to an organization," she said. "I think it validates your organization to be involved. You don't have to belong, but I think you should."

Moore Funeral Home Director Rob Moore said his funeral home has won national awards in the past.

"In any profession you're in, it's significant to be recognized by your peers for excellence," Moore said. "It's nice to have the public to know how good you are, but to have your peers select you, that's a very special honor."

Moore said more than 600 funeral homes in the state are members of the IFDA.

He added he was honored to receive the award along with French Funeral Home.

"I think it's interesting that two of the funeral homes in this community were picked," he said. "That says a lot about this community. That says a lot about how people take a real personal hands-on approach to how they conduct their business and provide their services in this community."

French agreed.

"(The funeral homes) both try to do the quality things we like to have for the community," she said. "It's something we both try to do."

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Congratulations to the both of you, that is something to be very proud of. Keep up the good work.

-- Posted by appaloosa queen on Thu, Jul 30, 2009, at 9:51 AM

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