Undertaking: The Podcast

Undertaking: The Podcast

Funeral Directors, Ryan Ballard and Brian Waters discuss life, death and the story of funeral service.


June 3, 2023 43 mins

In memory of Todd Van Beck, Todd Harra, undertaker and author, sits behind the mic to pay tribute to our mentor, as he concluded the story of the funeral of President Abraham Lincoln. 

Thank you, TVB.

And thank you Todd Harra. 

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As Brian prepares to travel to Iowa for the funeral of Todd Van Beck, he stops to share an update and a story about plans and how they get turned upside down. As the number of Isaac Ball Fellows in Indiana grows, so does the value, purpose and benefit of the association. Hear how undertakers in Indiana are creating something different.

Today's show is supported by Memory Share - LiveStreaming Services for Undertakers.

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The show is live and we are on the floor. Come on down. 

Today's show is supported by Express Funeral Funding, Butler Coach, Matthews Aurora and Hilton Funeral Supply. 

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Brie Smith of Return Home hosts this episode of The Dirt on the Undertaking: The Podcast Network. Her guest, funeral director on the island, Lisa Devereau. 

Learn more about Lisa Devereau at Island Funeral Service

Connect with host Brie Smith and Return Home here

Today's show is sponsored by Garfield Refining

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May 22, 2023 62 mins

Ryan wants to know if your skull has proper paperwork and Brian want to talk about IFDA's convention. And are those skeletons in classrooms actually real? Join the conversation on the podcast's Facebook page and tune in as your make your way to the IFDA convention.

Bring your shopping list because our friends from  Hilton Funeral Supply will be there.

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May 19, 2023 31 mins

The UPC Network is on the scene in Kansas City to cover the ICCFA Conveniton & Expo. While exploring in the wild, funeral director extraordinaire (funeraltainer in training) Robert, find one of the founders of NeutrOlene, Chet Robbins.

Learn more and pick up NeutrOlene for your business at https://www.neutrolene.com/

Today's show is sponosred by Gather. Learn more about them HERE

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A short time ago, artificial intelligence was even a thing in funeral service. Today, it's here. Gather, a software company, founded for funeral directors, is at ICCFA to help us. 

Learn more at: https://gather.app/

Have a story and want to be on the show? Connect with the guys at info@undertakingthepodcast.com

Today's show is sponsored by Hilton Funeral Supply

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The Undertaking: The Podcast Network is proud to introduce, for the first time by himself on he alter-call, wait, podcast, Jason Duvall, undertaker from Kentucky, discusses the need to turn our attention to cosmetics and to expand our knowledge by sharing with others.

Today's sponsors: 

Hilton Funeral Supply


Do you have a question for Ryan or Brian? Connect with them at info@undertakingthepodcast.com

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A Florida teacher has been sacked for breaking the news to students that they'll die someday. In an ironic twist, the same school held an acive shooter drill. We wonder if the drill was a success, with the no dying in Florida rule and all.

In other news, how much to you need to pick up mom? Who's taking out pacemakers these days and what the heck for. 

Plus a couple smart alack kids get and A+ on mom's obit. 

If you have a question...

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Brian and Ryan catch up the thoughts of the week. Capital punishment is discussed. And while guy try to remember the topic of the call, they decide to phone a lisener to say thank you. 

Do you have a question for the guys and want them to give you a call on air? Direct your question to Brian or Ryan at info@undertakingthepodcast.com

Today's show is sponsored by: 

Matthews Aurora Funeral Solutions

Indiana Donor Network

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A new show, fit for a king. Stop right now, pause and note the importance of the day. This here show has been in the works for over a year. And now, after a lot of groveling, teasingly overblown promises and outright threats, Brian Waters has convinced Ben Whitworth, Undertaker from England, that he's rather smart and everyone wants to listen. 

While His Majesty get his crown today, let us have cake with a brand new show called Tea...

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May 5, 2023 139 mins

Brian pauses to record intros for the next few show drops and this is what happened.

Today's show is sponsored by Matthew Auroa Funeral Solutions and Answering Service For Directors.  

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May is here and Todd Van Beck has another episode of in our examination of the death and funeral of President Abraham Lincoln.

Today's show is sponsored by: https://www.ccms.edu/

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Emma Grace's life was taken too soon. In the midst of this loss, her parents made the decision to give the gift of life. This is their story. 

Say yes to life. Register here: https://www.undertakingthepodcast.com/be-a-donor

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Sorry y'all for missing Tuesday's drop. In today's show, I invite you into my brain as I end one journey after another. My purpose continues nonetheless, slightly altered or redirected and completely energized. 

You helpers, I know who you are and I've got your back. We can fix the broken, throw out the rubbish and power on to continue to introduce the grieving to a word of meaninful ritual, real connection and help where and when ...

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What is a great way to honor someone who was facinated by space during their lifetime? We've all heard of naming stars, but have you heard of memorial spaceflights?

Learn about Celestis Inc., the company that get you to where you need to be, literally. And don't forget to watch a real memorial spaceflight at today's launch here: https://www.celestis.com/launch-schedule/aurora-flight/

Today's show is sponsored by the Indiana Donor N...

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At the body composting conference in Denver, Brian meets Eric Rooney of Regeneration Earth. Their disucssion on death turns to a discussion on life. This conversation fertilizes Brian's concept of intentional death care.

Learn more about Half Moon Farm and Regeneration Earth at: https://www.regenerationearth.org/about

Today's show is sponsored by: Memory Share

Do you have a story about a funeral? Talk with Brian and Ryan on the sho...

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While podcasting in the wild, Brian finds Barbara Kemmis, executive director of the Cremation Association of North America and also host of Cremation Then & Now. The two discuss the world's first body composting conference in Denver, Colorado, hosted by The Natural Funeral Company.

Learn more about CANA at: https://www.cremationassociation.org/

Connect with The Natural Funeral at: https://www.thenaturalfuneral.com/

Do you have a qu...

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Jennifer Muldowney, funeral celebrant from Ireland, living in New York City, talks shop with Brian.

Check out Muldowney Memorials at https://www.muldowneymemorials.com/

Today's show is sponsored by: Indiana Donor Network

Do you have questions about funerals? Have your question answered on the show by visiting https://www.undertakingthepodcast.com/

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Yesterday's episode today! Brian returns from a quick trip to Mid-States Professional Service in Missouri and takes a break to decompress. 

Today's show is sponsored by the Indiana Donor Network and Matthews Aurora Funeral Solutions

Share your story on Undertaking: The Podcast. Connect with Ryan and Brian at https://www.undertakingthepodcast.com/

Follow on Twitter @UndertakingPC

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