Cemeteries of The British Virgin Islands – Continuing Education

Cemetery research trips help me learn about cemetery maintenance and grave care in different cultures around the world so I can pass that knowledge onto you.

Single stack Cemetery Plots
Moravian Cemetery U.S. Virgin Islands

Grave Care Business –
Continuing Education

I take my continuing education of grave care and cemetery maintenance seriously. As part of my work and as part of my dedication to helping develop the Grave Care Business Course, I attempt to undertake one Formal Educational Experience & one Cemetery Research Trip each year.

This continuing education helps me maintain knowledge of current trends in grave care. Since I keep my knowledge up-to-date, I can continue to share that information with you.

Cemetery Research Trips

For my Cemetery Research trips, I always try to journey outside of my immediate area. I’m located in Eastern Tennessee. Therefore, I
take trips away from this area to study cemeteries.

One year, my trip took me to the New England states to study old colonial slate gravestones.  Another trip took me to the highlands of Scotland to study grotesque carvings in 16th Century burying grounds.  Still, another trip took me to the lava fields of Hawaii to study cemeteries that have been affected by volcanic activities.

This year, 2017, I ventured to a part of the World I’ve never visited before. I’ve studied the Cemeteries of Bermuda, but I’ve never been
southward toward the Caribbean.  Last month, I was lucky enough to be offered an opportunity to spend several days in the U.S. Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands.

Grave Sites St. Thomas US Virgin Islands

Cemeteries of The U.S. and British Virgin Islands

One of the most fascinating cemeteries I visited is called Moravian Cemetery.

Iguana In A Cemetery

As I wandered the tight isles of double-stacked burial crypts, I discovered
I needed to be cautious of Iguanas which roam the grounds. We certainly do not have Iguanas roaming the grounds of our local cemeteries in Tennessee.

Iguana in a Cemetery
Moravian Cemetery U.S. Virgin Islands

 

 

Cemetery Maintenance

I interacted with several cemetery maintenance people working in the
graveyard and learned about their methods of care in this cemetery.

Cemetery Maintenance
Moravian Cemetery U.S. Virgin Islands
Moravian Cemetery
Moravian Cemetery U.S. Virgin Islands
Grave Care on St. Thomas
Moravian Cemetery U.S. Virgin Islands

Interesting Features of Virgin Island Cemeteries

Like in most cemeteries, sensitivity and respect must be present at all times as they are going about their work. The thing I found most fascinating about this cemetery were the hand written notes inscribed in concrete foot pads of each burial crypt. As you can imagine, these are highly personalized inscription. Therefore, utmost delicacy much be practiced when cleaning the graves and grooming the grass and the grounds of each cemetery plot.

Personalized Foot Slabs
Moravian Cemetery U.S. Virgin Islands
Foot slabs of a grave.
Moravian Cemetery U.S. Virgin Islands

Egyptian Revival Grave Crypt

During my stay in the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, I found several notable examples of Egyptian Revival Grave Crypts. This is an excellent example of one of the finest Pyramid vaults I have seen. In particular, look closely at the top of the structure. You will see a wonderful Ankh placed at the top. The trees are drooping over the ankh making for cooling shade under the blazing Caribbean sunshine.

Egyptian Revival Crypt
Moravian Cemetery U.S. Virgin Islands

The Grave Care Business &
Grave Site Maintenance Business Course

I attempt to pour the knowledge I learn into the Grave Care Business Course. If you have ever thought about starting your own grave care business, I hope you consider purchasing the course
to help you get your business started and to help you grow a strong client base for your own Grave Care Business.

We are very passionate about proper maintenance and care within cemeteries. Please let us know if you have any questions. We are always happy to help.

Read about the course here:
https://GraveCareBusiness.com

Order the course directly via the website here:  https://gravecarebusiness.com/order-here/

Or you can order over the phone with your credit card:
267-31-GRAVE
267-314-7283

I wish you all the best.

Sincerely:
Keith
www.GraveCareBusiness.com

Stacked grave vaults. St. Thomas Cemetery
Moravian Cemetery U.S. Virgin Islands

Grave Care – March 2017

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The exact moment of springtime – 2014

Springtime Grave Care – In Like A Lion

Across the country, springtime is coming to us in rapid fashion.  Look at the news.  There is harsh weather everywhere.  Here in the southeast, there have been super-cell thunderstorms and a few tornado warnings.

High winds bring down tree limb and cause general disarray to cemetery grounds.  These problems are an amazing source of opportunities for Grave Care Business owners.

Storms Damage Local Cemeteries

We’ve been out in the local cemeteries this month picking up branches, chainsawing problematic trees, and generally tidying things up.  I have to admit, it’s hard work but it’s fun work.  And, it’s VERY rewarding work.

Do you love cemeteries?
Do you love helping people?
Do you love making great money?
Do you love fulfilling and rewarding work?

If any of these are true, have you considered starting a Grave Care Business?

Start A Grave Care Business

You don’t have to be handy with a chainsaw.  There are lots of other services you can offer your clients.

  1. General plot maintenance.
  2. Grave side floral decoration placement.
  3. Tombstone cleaning.

These are just 3 of the services you can offer.  We cover many other services in our professionally produced Grave Care Business Course.

Check out our main page to learn more about the Grave Care course. There is a tremendous amount of information and business tools to help you learn how to do this business.  If you have any questions about the course (before or after your purchase), let me know.

Best of luck this spring….right now is a perfect time to get started.

Keith

 

How To Start A Grave Care Business

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How To Make Money With A Grave Care Business

Are you passionate about cemeteries? Have you ever thought how neat it would be to start a Grave Care Business?
I’ve had a passion for cemeteries since childhood. It thrills me to derive an income following my love of cemeteries.
If this sounds great to you, why not take the steps to start your own business?

These 5 tips will help you on your way to starting your own Grave Care Business.

1) Assess the demand for grave care in your area.

To determine your local level of demand, take a quick look at the number of cemeteries in your area. You will find dozens (or hundreds) of cemeteries in your immediate area. You will find many types of cemeteries: private, managed care, family, churchyard, community & volunteer, and neglected & abandoned cemeteries.
They ALL require specialized care.
We will show you how to start your own Grave Care Business by providing: plot maintenance, grave flowers, grave stone cleaning, and more.

2) Check local competition for similar businesses.

Do a quick Google Search for Grave Care companies in your area. In most areas, there is little (or zero) competition. Even if there is someone else already doing grave care, there is plenty of opportunity for your company to do a better job.

3) Determine your “menu of services.”

Grave plot maintenance, flower placement, and tombstone cleaning are the ‘big 3’ grave services. We show you these services plus many other services to offer your clients. Tombstone resetting, plot landscaping, message delivery, photography & videography, cemetery mapping, and many other services will be of interest to your clients.

4) Determine your need for licenses and permits.

Rules and regulations vary from one state to the next and from one cemetery to the next. It is particularly important to pay adherence to the local laws regulating cemeteries in your community.

5) Advertise your Grave Care Business.

Marketing for this business is unlike any other business. This is very personal for your clients. Your potential clients are sensitive about this and they don’t want to feel like you are strictly advertising to make money off them. Sensitive advertising is vital to gaining and building a strong client list of satisfied clients who will trust your business and the services you provide.


Of course there is MUCH MORE to operating a Grave Care Business than just these 5 steps.

If you think this is a business you would like to start, please read through our website to learn more about us.

We have developed a professionally produced Grave Care Business Course designed to help you start and operate your own business.
Our Course Overview page shows you everything that is included in the business program.

If you have any questions, please let us know through our contact page.

Fire Ants in a Cemetery

actions Grave Care Business operators can perform to prevent irreparable damage caused by fire ants in a cemetery.

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Fire ants cause damage in southern cemeteries.

Are you a fan of old 1970’s “made-for-TV” horror movies? I remember, as a young kid, watching reruns of horror movies on late-night television. Let’s see…there was Killdozer, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, and ANTS!!!. ANTS was always one of my favorites. The main actors in the movie dug a moat and filled it with water to protect a structure from an invading army of ants but, the entomologist in the movie told them ants can build bridges across water. So, they filled the moat with gasoline and set it afire. Yes, that movie has stuck with me all these years. I love studying ants and many other insects because of this movie even though they sometimes give me the heebie-jeebies

It turns out ants really can build floating bridges. They are very industrious.

Though not as conniving as they were in that movie, ants can be very destructive. Since moving beyond the borders of the United States, fire ant populations have moved steadily northward. Anyone in the southern regions with a basic knowledge of ants will recognize the shape and size of their familiar mounds. Cemeteries are not immune to these destructive pests. Fire ant mounds are often 2 feet in diameter. In building their nests, fire ants often dig downward several feet. In the tunneling construction of their nests, they often burrow several feet below the surface. As you can surely imagine, this tunneling action destabilized the ground. When they tunnel under heavy gravestones, the stones become unsettled and can topple under their own weight.

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This phenomenon of destruction is becoming increasingly common as fire ant populations spread.

So, what can be done?

Well, there are several actions Grave Care Business operators can perform to prevent irreparable damage caused by fire ants in a cemetery. Luckily, as is the case with many services provided by Grave Care Business owners, your clients will gladly pay you to perform these services.

Before you begin to offer these services, however, there are several caveats you must be aware of before attempting to deal with fire ants in your local cemeteries.

We write about the problem of fire ants in cemeteries and how to incorporate their solution in our Grave Care Business Course offered through this website. We also discuss pricing strategies so you will know how much money to charge your customers. Additionally, we offer marketing and advertising advice to help you build a strong client base so your business makes good money year-round.

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Additionally (and this is very important), we discuss the potential problems you might face when attempting to eradicate fire ants from a grave plot. It’s important to deal with ants correctly so your efforts don’t turn into a horror movie. 🙂

Have you ever thought of starting your own Grave Care Business?

If you are interested in learning how to start your own Grave Care Business, please read through our entire website to learn more about our course. You can order directly through our ordering page and we will ship it out to you promptly.

If you have any questions about the course, please let us know via our “Contact Page.”

Thank you for reading.
Keith
www.GraveCareBusiness.com

Autumn in A Cemetery – Color Above – Color Below

cemetery sunset

Have you ever thought about starting your own Grave Care Business?

Autumn is a perfect time to start your own Grave Care Business. As the Sun’s apparent position in our sky moves south, Autumn’s beautiful sunsets foretell of chilly weather ahead. This cooler weather brings with it lots of opportunities for Grave Care Business owners.

Autumn weather brings with it plenty of work to be done in your local cemeteries. Basic ground maintenance, plot restoration, tombstone cleaning, and graveside decorations will keep you busy for the next few months. Cemetery management generally does not provide these services. Family members are willing to pay you for basic plot cleanup, detailed weed trimming, proper tombstone cleaning, and other services to keep their loved-one’s gravesite looking nice all year long.

Cemetery Trees Changing Colors

We have developed a professionally produced Grave Care Business training course designed to help you start and operate your own Grave Care Business. Please look through our entire website to learn about the course. You can order through the website and we will mail it out to you promptly.

If you have any questions, please let us know. We love cemeteries and are always happy to help.

Thank you:
Keith

What happens to bodies after we die.

I am fascinated with different types of burial procedures and different types of cemeteries around the world.

This video is very well done. Its helps us gain a scientific understanding of the decay process after we die.

Toward the end of the video, it also gives information on different types of burials and cemeteries found through-out the world.
The video was produced by TED-Ed.
I hope you enjoy:

Cemetery Grave Care – Autumn Grave Care Services

A Cemetery in Autumn.

I cannot think of anything better than to spend my days in a local cemetery. This is a beautiful time of year to be in your local cemetery. If you love the idea of working in your local cemeteries providing grave care services, graveside floral decorations, tombstone cleaning, and general gravesite plot maintenance then you should think about starting your own Grave Care Business.

We can help.

My name is Keith and my company has developed a professionally produced Grave Care Business training course. The course is designed to help you start (and grow) your own successful Grave Care Business. Please read over our main website for complete information on everything that is included with the course. If you have already read the description and are ready to order, click the “Buy Now” link below. We’ll ship the course to you promptly via rush Priority USPS.

If you have any questions, please use our contact page. We love cemeteries and are always happy to help.
The Full Course is $249.95 + $10 (S&H) = $259.95 Total Price (No hidden fees. Nothing more to buy.)





Christmas Grave Decorations – Prepare Now.

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Though it’s only September, right now is a perfect time to start your Grave Care Business and be ready for Christmastime Grave Care demand.

I love this time of year. The weeks after September’s full moon bring slightly cooler temperatures. Before long, leaves will change colors & fall off trees, grasses will move into their dormant phase, and the calendar will flip over to December & the holiday season. Yes, I know it seems like a long time away but Christmas will be here before we know it.

During Christmas, many families desire Christmas-themed floral decorations for their loved-ones’ gravesites. Since the demand is so high, it is a great idea to begin approaching your clients as soon as possible. While you’re speaking with them about autumn grave plot general maintenance, tombstone cleaning, and autumn floral decorations, you should mention the fact that you are offering Christmas-themed grave decorations for the Christmas season.

The extreme summer heat is almost behind us. The coming months offer tremendous opportunities for Grave Care Companies.

My name is Keith and I love cemeteries. If you’ve ever thought about starting your own Grave Care Business, our company has developed a professionally produced Grave Care Business Training Course designed to help you start and operate your own successful Grave Care Business.

Please read through our entire website to see everything that is included in the course. Order through this website. Your parcel will be shipped promptly. As always, if you have any questions, please let us know. We are always willing to help and discuss cemetery and Grave Care issues with you.

Our Main Webpage for the Grave Care Business Course:
Grave Care and Cemetery Maintenance Business

If you’re ready to order, press “Buy Now” to order the Full Grave Care Business Course:





The Importance of Early Success in your Grave Care Business

Grave Care - Early Success

In Business; Early Success Drives Future Success

When I studied Business Psychology in school, I learned the concepts of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development.

Both of these schools of thought about human psychological development discuss the importance of early development. Maslow’s Hierarchy states that there must be strong development of basic needs (food, air, water, and a feeling of safety) before a human can develop a healthy stepping stone to higher level thinking.

Piaget’s Model states that a person’s childhood plays a very important role in the child’s development into a psychologically healthy adult.

I’ve always believed in the importance of early successes in our development as healthy adults. Whether its sports, dating (and other social situations, or business, early successes build momentum. Early successes keep us motivated when the inevitable setbacks occur.

If our early experiences are defeats, our desire to stop attempting our chosen activity might suppress our desire to succeed.

There is another psychological concept of behavior called Learned Helplessness. Paraphrasing from a Wikipedia Article on Learned Helplessness: People who repeatedly fail may conclude they are incapable of improving their performance.

Think about it: if you fail over and over, you will want to give up and stop trying.

This is especially true for new business owners.

One of the reasons we developed the Grave Care Business course was to help people who are just starting (or thinking about starting) their own Grave Care Business. We believe that helping you over the initial hurdles of starting your business will give you a better chance of long term success.

There is a lot to think about when starting your Grave Care Business. Developing the services you offer, building a strong client base, and structuring your pricing (how much money you will charge for your services) are all subjects you must think about as you start your business. If you try to offer services that people are not interested in, they will not hire you. If you build a weak client base, they will not be long-term customers. If you charge too much (or too little) money, your bottom line will suffer.

The Grave Care Business Course tackles these subjects and many more.

Early success is important. If you are thinking about starting your own Grave Care Business, please read through our website to see all that is included in the course.

We love cemeteries and we love helping other people who want to start their own Grave Care Business.

If you have any questions, please let us know. You can order directly through this website and your order will be shipped promptly.

www.GraveCareBusiness.com

Cemeteries From Seattle Washington to Key West Florida

Key West Cemetery - Key West Florida

Cemeteries in (almost) all 50 States.

Earlier this month I took a trip to Key West, Florida to visit the cemeteries there including the famous Key West Cemetery. On my way back up the coast, it occurred to me I have literally crisscrossed the country over the past few years.

From the northeastern most state of Maine to the far southern reaches of Hawaii I have visited cemeteries and studied their care. From upstate Washington to this latest trip to Key West, I have been lucky enough to make note of cemeteries all across the nation. In fact, I have visited almost all of the 50 states in my lifetime and I have visited cemeteries in almost all of them. There are still a few states to visit including Alaska, North Dakota, and New Hampshire….how do I keep missing New Hampshire?

In addition to my pure interest in all these cemeteries, I have an ulterior motive of learning about local cultures and the methods people use to care for their loved-ones’ gravesites. You are a beneficiary, too. I include much of this information in the Grave Care Business Course described within this website.

I love sharing my interests in Cemeteries and Grave Care.

If you have ever thought about starting your own Grave Care Business, I encourage you to purchase the Grave Care Business Course. It is designed to help you start and grow your own Grave Care Business.

If you have any questions, we are always happy to help.

And….if you live in Alaska, North Dakota, or New Hampshire, I’m planning to visit your local cemeteries soon.

Learn more about the Grave Care Business Course here:
Grave Care Business Course