Good communication is an important part of funeral planning. Previously, I posted information about what to say when you call friends and relatives to notify them about a death in the family. You can read it in this post: Telephone How-To.
When time is of the essence, can you easily assemble the names, addresses, emails and phone numbers for all your family and friends? To prepare a list of your friends and relatives that you can contact on a moment’s notice, you might want to check out The Family Plot File. I created this Word and Excel document package for my wedding, to help me keep track of everyone contacted or who still needed contacting.
Whether it’s good news or bad, organization is key to successfully implementing life cycle events such as weddings and funerals without losing your mind. By utilizing The Family Plot File, this electronic data resource will make contacting your family and friends so much easier!
If, however, you’d like to just record your message and send it out to a phone list as you would a mass email, there’s a service that will do that for you. Call-Em-All and Otrib.com have teamed up “to quickly and cost-effectively notify friends and relatives of a loved one’s passing with the funeral/memorial service information needed to make necessary arrangements.”
“Our automated phone calling service is used in a wide range of applications, from prayer requests to rain-out notifications for sports teams,” said Brad Herrmann, President of Call-Em-All.com. “Now, Otrib and Call-Em-All have a unique opportunity to engage consumers in the death notification process.”
Call-Em-All’s automatic calling tree is a way to update/notify thousands of contacts without spending hours on the phone or listening to busy signals. Simply upload the phone numbers you need to reach and Call-Em-All connects you to multiple people simultaneously with a single phone call.
An effective way to spread the news, but you’ll still have to have a list of phone numbers put together to upload to the service. Something to thing about…