Undertaking: The Podcast

Brian Waters and Ryan Ballard

Indiana Funeral Directors Brian Waters and Ryan Ballard discuss all things funeral.

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Todd Van Beck is back to present another edition of his series, Rest In Peace Mr. President, The Death and Funeral of President John Quincy Adams. Connect with Ryan and Brian at: https://www.undertakingthepodcast.com/

Dec 3

38 min 34 sec

Ahmed Gaballah, founder of Sokna, joins the show on day two in Nashville, Tennessee to explain the modern Egyptian funeral.  Learn more about Sokna at:  https://sokna.com/ Today's show is sponsored by National Mortuary Shipping and Cremation: https://www.natlmortuaryshipping.com/ Sign up for this week's webinar at: https://www.embalmbetter.com/ To learn more about the show visit: https://www.undertakingthepodcast.com/

Nov 30

36 min 4 sec

Eddie Pitt from Cooper Professionals, joins the show in Nashville, Tennessee to spread the word about how African-American funeral homes can collaborate to leverage their buying power. To learn more about the Commander Initiative visit: https://cooperprofessionals.com/ Learn more about the show at:  https://www.undertakingthepodcast.com/ Today's show is sponsored by Investors Heritage: https://investorsheritage.com/

Nov 26

21 min 58 sec

For this Thanksgiving Special, we are joined by Dr. Damon de la Cruz to talk about how we handle talking about work during the holidays.  Today's show is sponsored by MortuaryMall.com: MortuaryMall.com Learn more about the show at:  https://www.undertakingthepodcast.com/

Nov 24

1 hr 1 min

Our booth hosts, Platinum, MK and K2 vehicles, join us on the show to talk about how they help funeral homes by providing the highest quality vehicles. 

Nov 23

27 min 19 sec

What is MorTrack? This show tells it all. Check them out at: https://www.cairnstack.com/mortrack Learn more about the show at: https://www.undertakingthepodcast.com/ Today's show is sponsored by Butler Coach: https://www.butlercoach.com/

Nov 19

18 min 25 sec

Mike Squires, founder of Southern Calls magazine joins the show at NFDA in Na shville to tell the story of how this magazine came about.  To learn more about the show visit: https://www.undertakingthepodcast.com/ Check out Southern Calls at: https://southerncalls.com/ Need to record videos of funerals? Visit: https://www.memoryshare.com/

Nov 16

57 min 56 sec

Here's a bit of funeral history presented by Todd Van Beck. What do microphones have to do with the Porti-boy embalming machine? Tune in to find out.

Nov 12

23 min 15 sec

English war cemeteries raise the bar for caring for our veterans and our dead. Sarah Nathaniel from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission joins the show to share the story of the CWGC how we've cared for our dead. 

Nov 11

48 min 42 sec

Mark Harrison from Certified Safety Training wakes up the guys to scare the hell out of them about OSHA regulations. To learn more visit: https://certifiedsafetytraining.org/  

Nov 9

24 min 53 sec

Our friend and funeral director, Randy Nash Jr. returns to the show to talk about what he's been up to. 

Nov 5

22 min 34 sec

Josh McQueen from Passare stops by the booth at NFDA to share a milestone in funeral service software.

Nov 4

20 min 11 sec

Todd Van Beck returns to share another episode of Rest In Peace Mr. President: The Death and Funeral of James Monroe. 

Nov 2

36 min 54 sec

Ben Schmidt, funeral director, embalmer, educator and podcast host, joins the show to discuss his show, The Funeral Science Podcast. Today's show is sponsored by:  Platinum Funeral Coach: http://platinumfuneralcoach.com/ MK Coach: https://mkcoaches.com/ K2 Vehicles: http://www.k2vehicles.com/

Oct 30

32 min 3 sec

Sonny Falcon, the Fajita King, inventor of the fajita, is remembered by his son and funeral director, Robert Falcon. 

Oct 29

1 hr 6 min

Brian takes a second during a very busy time to discuss the future of the show. Learn more about the show at: https://www.undertakingthepodcast.com/ Today's show is sponsored by:  Indiana Donor Network: https://indianadonornetwork.org/ Hilton Funeral Supply: https://www.hiltonfuneralsupply.com/

Oct 26

28 min

Recording from Nashville, Tennessee, Ryan and Brian discuss their why of why they work as funeral directors.  

Oct 22

34 min 19 sec

We're closing in on 300 episodes and today we're setting up and podcasting from NFDA in Nashville.  http://platinumfuneralcoach.com/

Oct 18

18 min 15 sec

Our buddy Leili McMurrough joins the show to talk the job market in funeral service. Today's show is sponsored by: Indian Donor Network: https://indianadonornetwork.org/ Memory Share: https://www.memoryshare.com Learn more about the show at: https://www.undertakingthepodcast.com/

Oct 15

1 hr 2 min

Are funeral professionals commission driven? Possibly. The guys go down the rabbit hole to discuss this common misconception. To learn more about the show visit: https://www.undertakingthepodcast.com/ Today's show is sponsored by: Indian Donor Network: https://indianadonornetwork.org/ AP Lazer: https://aplazer.com/

Oct 12

41 min 48 sec

David Speaks, The Funeral Guy, joins the show to talk about how he can help funeral directors and funeral home connect and find the perfect job for the perfect candidate. To learn more about The Funeral Guy Speaks visit:: https://www.thefuneralguyspeaks.com/ Learn more about the show at: https://www.undertakingthepodcast.com/ Today's show is sponsored by:  Indiana Donor Network: https://indianadonornetwork.org/ Butler Coach: https://www.butlercoach.com/

Oct 8

1 hr 11 min

Nathan Morris, funeral director and host of the podcast, You'll Die Trying, joins the show to discuss funeral service. Check out Nathan's podcast at: http://www.youlldietrying.com/ Learn more about Undertaking: The Podcast at: https://www.undertakingthepodcast.com/ Today's show is sponsored by Butler Coach: https://www.butlercoach.com/ and Indiana Donor Network: https://indianadonornetwork.org/

Oct 5

49 min 26 sec

Todd Van Beck is back to share the story of the death and funeral of President James Monroe. To learn more about the show visit: https://www.undertakingthepodcast.com/ Today's sponsors:  Express Funeral Funding: https://www.expressfuneralfunding.com/ Butler Coach: https://www.butlercoach.com/

Oct 1

24 min 47 sec

Jamie Meredith of C&J Financial joins the show to discuss how their company helps funeral homes process life insurance for families. To learn more about C&J Financial visit: http://cjf.com/ Check out Undertaking: The Podcast at: https://www.undertakingthepodcast.com/ Today's show is sponsored by:  Memory Share: https://www.memoryshare.com/ ASD: https://www.myasd.com/

Sep 24

48 min 36 sec

Todd Van Beck takes us back in time to explore the huge efforts undertaken by the funeral directors and embalmers of Canada as they work to recover the dead from the wreck of the Titanic. To learn more about the show visit: https://www.undertakingthepodcast.com/ Today's show is sponsored by:  Pierce Chemical: https://www.piercechemical.com/ MortuaryMall.com: https://www.mortuarymall.com/Default.asp Indiana Donor Network: https://indianadonornetwork.org/

Sep 21

41 min 27 sec

Kim's husband died after a battle with brain cancer. As a widow with two children, she couldn't find the support she needed. This trouble drove Kim to create widow411.com. A place where widows can find the help they need. Learn more about Widow411 at: https://widow411.com/start-here/ To learn more about Undertaking: The Podcast visit: https://www.undertakingthepodcast.com/ Today's show is sponsored by:  AP Lazer: https://aplazer.com/ Signet Supply: https://www.signetsupply.com/

Sep 17

1 hr 5 min

Embalmers pour fluids from corpses down drains but Texas officials didn't know. Brian goes solo to examine an article by USA Today plus Dr. Damon de la Cruz is back to bust another embalming myth. To learn more about Undertaking: The Podcast visit: https://www.undertakingthepodcast.com/ Today's sponsors:  Indiana Donor Network: https://indianadonornetwork.org/ Forest Lawn: https://forestlawn.com/careers/ Express Funeral Funding: https://www.expressfuneralfunding.com/

Sep 14

23 min 10 sec

At 9:37 a.m. 20 years ago, American Airlines flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon. That day, Commander Ona Solberg was inside that building. This is her story. To learn more about Undertaking: The Podcast visit: https://www.undertakingthepodcast.com/ Today's show is brought to you by: Indiana Donor Network: https://indianadonornetwork.org/

Sep 11

37 min 20 sec

There's no fire, but there is a chat. Ryan takes a walk in a cemetery to chat about their importance and how peaceful they can be. To learn more about Undertaking: The Podcast vist: https://www.undertakingthepodcast.com/ Today's show is brought to you by: Butler Coach: https://www.butlercoach.com/ Gather: https://gather.app/

Sep 10

30 min 7 sec

Eileen Hollis has used social media, specifically TikTok, to educate consumers about funeral service and to share her story about the life of a funeral director. Today, Eileen joins the show to share her story with us.  To learn more about the show visit: https://www.undertakingthepodcast.com/ Today's show is sponsored by: Forest Lawn: https://forestlawn.com/careers/ Hilton Funeral Supply: https://www.hiltonfuneralsupply.com/

Sep 7

57 min 30 sec

Todd Van Beck presents the Death and Funeral of President Thomas Jefferson in another episode is his series, Rest In Peace, Mr. President. To learn more about the show, visit: https://www.undertakingthepodcast.com/ Today's show is brought to you by Forest Lawn: https://forestlawn.com/careers/ Investors Heritage: https://investorsheritage.com/

Sep 3

30 min 49 sec

Elizabeth Nester from Columbus, Ohio joins the show to talk abut her journey into funeral service. To learn about abut the show visit: https://www.undertakingthepodcast.com/ Today's sponsors are: SuperNova International: https://supernovaintl.com/ APLazer: https://aplazer.com/ Indiana Donor Network: https://indianadonornetwork.org/

Aug 31

36 min 48 sec

At the 141st Ohio Funeral Directors Convention, Ryan and Brian visit with Shaina Haakinson, a funeral service student, about her concerns with entering the funeral service job market.  To learn more about Undertaking: The Podcast visit: https://www.undertakingthepodcast.com/ Today's show is sponsored by:  Butler Coach: https://www.butlercoach.com/ Investors Heritage: https://investorsheritage.com/

Aug 28

19 min 27 sec

Ryan and Brian visit the 141st annual OFDA Convention in Ohio.  Learn more about the show at: https://www.undertakingthepodcast.com/ Today's show is brought to you by:  Garfield Refining: https://www.garfieldrefining.com/industries/crematory/ Hilton Funeral Supply: https://www.hiltonfuneralsupply.com/

Aug 27

30 min 50 sec

Ryan and Brian go deeper into self-care and also bust an embalming myth with a surprise guest.  Check out the podcast at: https://www.undertakingthepodcast.com/ Today's show is sponsored by: MortuaryMall.com: https://www.mortuarymall.com/ Investors Heritage: https://investorsheritage.com/

Aug 24

44 min 4 sec

Ryan goes solo today to discuss self care and the importance of focusing on yourself.  Learn more about Undertaking: The Podcast at: https://www.undertakingthepodcast.com/ Today's show is sponsored by:  Gather: https://gather.app/ Hilton Funeral Supply: https://www.hiltonfuneralsupply.com/

Aug 20

1 hr 18 min

On sale today, a brand new book called "It's Your Funeral" by Kathy Benjamin. Today, Kathy joins the show to talk about her work and why she wrote about funerals.  Learn more about the show at: https://www.undertakingthepodcast.com/ Buy "It's Your Funeral" here: https://www.quirkbooks.com/book/its-your-funeral# Today's sponsors:  Forest Lawn: https://forestlawn.com/careers/ SuperNova: https://supernovaintl.com/

Aug 17

42 min 14 sec

We're often told that Undertaking began during the civil war. In reality, Undertakers about been around much longer. Here's a story of one influential undertaker in Boston. Learn more about Undertaking: The Podcast at: https://www.undertakingthepodcast.com/ Today's sponsors:  AP Lazer: https://aplazer.com/ Signet Supply: https://www.signetsupply.com/

Aug 13

16 min 23 sec

After the death of her husband, Melissa searched for support in many places. Later, she wrote about her experience in Filled With Gold, A Widow's Story. Now, Melissa has started company that offers self-care support boxes for widows. Learn more at: https://filledwithgold.org./ Learn more about the show at: https://www.undertakingthepodcast.com/ Today's sponsors: Butler Coach: https://www.butlercoach.com/ Pierce Chemical: https://www.piercechemical.com/  

Aug 10

54 min 53 sec

Ryan goes solo again to talk about some of the most difficult moments in funeral service. Learn more about the show at: https://www.undertakingthepodcast.com/ Today's show is sponsored by:  Forest Lawn: https://forestlawn.com/careers/\ and  Express Funeral Funding: https://www.expressfuneralfunding.com/

Aug 6

36 min 6 sec

Todd Van Beck presents the second show in his series, Rest In Peace Mr. President: The Death and Funeral of John Adams. To learn more about the show visit: https://www.undertakingthepodcast.com/ Today's show is brought to you by:  Hilton Funeral Supply:  https://www.hiltonfuneralsupply.com/ Forest Lawn:  https://forestlawn.com/careers/

Aug 3

34 min 59 sec

Brian and Ryan are back by themselves to discuss burials and why Brian wants a pile of dirt near the grave. To learn more about the show visit: https://www.undertakingthepodcast.com/ Today's show is sponsored by: Pierce Chemical: https://www.piercechemical.com/ Signet Supply: https://www.signetsupply.com/

Jul 30

40 min

Ben Whitworth, CFSP, of the MazWell Group, joins the show to chat with Brian about funeral service in the United Kingdom.  Check out the show at: https://www.undertakingthepodcast.com/ Learn more about the MazWell Group at: https://www.themazwellgroup.com/ Today's show is sponsored by:  ASD: https://www.myasd.com/ Express Funeral Funding: https://www.expressfuneralfunding.com/

Jul 27

1 hr 12 min

Ryan Ballard shares his thoughts while taking some time off at the lake.  Check out the show at: https://www.undertakingthepodcast.com/ Today's sponsors:  Investors Heritage Life Insurance: https://investorsheritage.com/ SuperNova: https://supernovaintl.com/

Jul 26

34 min 10 sec

For years there has been much confusion around Legacy.com and how they operate. Today, John Heald joins the show to talk about how Legacy can help spread the word when a death occurs. Check out the show at:  https://www.undertakingthepodcast.com/ Today's sponsors: APLazer: https://aplazer.com Wilbert: https://www.wilbert.com/ Herland Forest is looking for an intern. Learn more at: http://www.herlandforest.org/

Jul 23

48 min 23 sec

Ebone Dukes, Program Director for Funeral Service Technology at Northwest Mississippi Community College joins the show to discuss education in funeral service.  To learn more about Northwest Mississippi Community College visit: https://www.northwestms.edu/programs/healthsciences/funeral-service-technology Connect with the show at: https://www.undertakingthepodcast.com/ Today's sponsors: MortuaryMall.com: https://www.mortuarymall.com/Default.asp Indiana Donor Network: https://indianadonornetwork.org/  

Jul 20

35 min 15 sec

Dillon Dickey, funeral director and embalmer with Mid South Mortuary Service of Memphis, Tennessee, joins the show to discuss his journey into funeral service.  To learn more about Undertaking: The Podcast visit: https://www.undertakingthepodcast.com/ Today's show is brought to you by: Forest Lawn: https://forestlawn.com/careers/ Butler Coach: https://www.butlercoach.com/

Jul 16

34 min 5 sec

Most in funeral service have an origin story, a story that led them into this career. Today, Todd Van Beck shares his story. To learn more about Undertaking: The Podcast visit:  https://www.undertakingthepodcast.com/ Today's show is brought to you by:  Forest Lawn: https://forestlawn.com/careers/ Gather: https://gather.app/  

Jul 13

25 min 51 sec

Brent Taylor of Brent Taylor Paul McCarver Funeral Directors joins the show to discuss how they're changing funeral service in Memphis, Tennessee. To learn more visit: https://www.brenttaylorfuneraldirectors.com/ Check out the podcast at: https://www.undertakingthepodcast.com/ Today's show is brought to you by:  https://indianadonornetwork.org/ And Hilton Funeral Supply: https://www.hiltonfuneralsupply.com/

Jul 9

1 hr 1 min

85 years old, 61 years in funeral service, 44 years with Pierce Chemical, Bobby Herring joins the show to chat embalming and a lifetime of funeral service. To learn more about Undertaking: The Podcast visit: https://www.undertakingthepodcast.com/ Today's show is brought to you by:  Pierce Chemical: https://www.piercechemical.com/ Signet Supply: https://www.signetsupply.com/

Jul 6

1 hr 10 min