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Funeral Announcement Services

funeral announcement services When a death occurs in a family, one of the more time consuming and difficult tasks is getting the word out to friends and the community in a timely fashion.

Funeral announcements are ideally performed by church groups or other community organizations that assist families during this stressful period. Database Systems Corp. (DSC) provides these services to churches and organizations across the U.S.

DSC provides automated calling services that deliver phone announcements to a community. A message that informs friends and family is recorded in your voice and is delivered to everyone at once.

DSC is a leading provider of phone announcement outsourcing services at our own automated call center. DSC can deliver hundreds or thousands of phone announcements in just minutes using our advanced call center technology. A pre-recorded phone message can be delivered to either an answering machine or to an individual call recipient announcing a death in the community. Information such as the date and location of the funeral service can be sent using one consistent message.

Contact DSC to learn more about our funeral announcement calling services.

Ferguson Memorial Baptist Church

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"In 1918, a band of faithful believers began meeting in homes and at the Ferguson Elementary School to worship and to witness. That same year, the Ferguson family donated a parcel of land for the purpose of building a church. Six years later, in 1924, our first building was erected in West Dunbar. The church was named Farm First Baptist Church and was pastored by The Reverend John Robert Brown, who served faithfully from 1924 to 1926." -

The Ferguson Memorial Baptist Church has contracted with Database Systems Corp. to provide phone message broadcasting services to its members. Messages are delivered to answering machines and individuals for event notification - especially church invitations and funeral announcements where there is a very short window of time to notify members. Voice broadcast messages are also sent to church members for other special meetings and events.

Funeral Announcement Etiquette

Funeral announcements are important to notify a community when one of its members has deceased. It is important to follow some basic rules of etiquette that both inform the community as well as protect the privacy and personal information of the deceased and family members. The following is a brief list of items that should be contained in a recorded funeral announcement.

    Basic Information

    Start with the notification that a death has occurred. There is no need to go into details of the circumstances of death; a general mention will do. Many announcements begin this way: “Jane Doe passed away on January 1, 2002, at the age of 86.” Give the deceased’s full name (including middle names and a maiden name for females), the date they passed and their age, if appropriate.

    Family Members

    The next part of the funeral announcement should note the close relatives of the deceased, generally a spouse, if applicable. If the deceased is a child or an unmarried adult, it is proper to list the parents as the closest kin. This portion can read like this: “She was the devoted wife of John,” or “He was the son of John and Jane Doe of Smithfield, Utah.” Many funeral announcements also list any children of the deceased at this point.

    The Life of the Deceased

    The middle of a funeral announcement is more flexible. It is appropriate to summarize the life of the deceased in a sentence or two, but it should not be a platform to list all the accomplishments and attributes. Some simple examples are: “Jane was a devoted wife and mother and volunteered in the community in a number of organizations” or “John worked at the Lakeside Hospital as an anesthesiologist for nearly 35 years.”

    Funeral Arrangements

    Details about the funeral should be specific and clear. Any information on a viewing or wake should be listed first, including the location, date and time. Funeral information should follow, again with the location, date and time. If any of the services are private and for family only, proper funeral etiquette for the announcements is to simply state: “Private funeral services will be held” or “The family will hold private services.”

    Charitable Donations

    Finally, any modifications to traditional funeral behavior should be listed in the newspaper announcement. For example, many people do not care to have flowers sent to the funeral home and would instead rather see the money for expensive sprays sent to the deceased’s favorite charity. It is good funeral etiquette to include this at the end of the funeral announcement: “In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the American Cancer Society.”

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