Cremation Advocates by Putnam’s client families have only positive things to say about their experience arranging cremations, services, and celebrations with Putnam. 100% of our survey responses from 2018 say that they would recommend Cremation Advocates by Putnam to their friends and family members and they would use Cremation Advocates by Putnam for themselves or another family member. 98% of survey responses said that they believe that they received an incredible value for the price of services. This was emphasized by comments from those who had recently attended or arranged services at other funeral homes. These comments touched on the fact that our cremation package pricing was inclusive of everything needed for cremation and their were no hidden fees or surprises, that there were no high pressure sales, that our offices were contemporary and filled with natural sunlight and looked nothing like a funeral home, and that our staff is compassionate, understanding, patient and kind. Client families found that we care about our families and will move heaven and earth to ensure that they are able to make meaning out of an emotional time. Our client families also appreciated our active involvement in the community to include the incredible amount of volunteer hours our owners and staff pour into the Highland Lakes, as well as monies donated.
We at Cremation Advocates by Putnam appreciate our client families’ sincere and heartfelt responses. We created our Marble Falls location to meet the changing needs and wants of our clients. We are honored to serve our client families and always pledge to be an advocate and walk our families through their moments of stress and uncertainty. With clients coming to us to arrange cremations and (yes, even burials) from Horseshoe Bay, Spicewood, Marble Falls, Meadowlakes, Burnet, Bertram, Round Mountain, Johnson City, Fredericksburg, and Austin, it is clear that our cremation client families are sharing their positive experiences with others.
We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 830-798-8413. Our office is opened Monday thru Friday (excluding holidays) from 9-4 and by appointment. We ask that you call and schedule an appointment to ensure that we are available to give you the time you need. We also own Bertram Funeral Home in Bertram (appointment only, 512-355-8201) and Putnam Funeral Home and Crematory, LLC in Kingsland, TX which is open 7 days a week from 8-5 and by appointment (325-388-0008). More information can be found at www.CremationAdvocates.net and www.PutnamCares.com.
Central Texas entrepreneur, leader, funeral home owner, and philanthropist Chris Putnam successfully defended his research dissertation, “A Leader’s Perspective to Retaining Millennial Workers: A Qualitative Triangulation of Job Embeddedness Theory and Leader-Member Exchange,” to earn his PhD in Business Administration with a concentration in organizational leadership from Northcentral University on November 28, 2018. Dr. Putnam also holds a MBA and BA in Business Administration from Ottawa University and a Diploma of Funeral Service from Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service.
Dr. Putnam has spent the last ten years studying generational theory. In choosing his dissertation topic, he explains that “Each generation has distinctive characteristics and expectations. Baby boomers and generation Xers who have been in leadership roles for several decades have experienced the frequent turnover of the millennial generation. Little to no research is available from the older generations’ perceptions of the younger generation, however, millennial perception is abundant. I wanted to fill a research gap from a leader’s perspective as to why millennials “job hop” more frequently than other generations. Moreover, as a small business owner, I find it essential to understand how to retain millennial workers. According to the Small Business Administration, millennial turnover costs American small businesses $64 billion dollars annually.”
Dr. Putnam’s research participants included members of the baby boomer and generation x generations who were small business owners in Central Texas and employed millennials. He found these leaders expressing frustration over a perceived lack of work ethic. Given the lack of existing information, most of the leaders did not have a specific strategy to improve relationships and increase retention; and the strategies they did employee contrasted significantly with what little literature exists that pertains to supervision and mentoring across generations.
Based on his research and conclusions, Dr. Putnam believes that there is a huge misunderstanding and communication barrier between the various generations. The millennial generation is a very ambitious and productive group that walks to the beat of its own drum. The baby boomer generation is very similar, and much can be learned about its influence. The size of both the baby boomer and the millennial generations is squeezing the smaller generation X and forcing its members to acclimate and adapt to both generations to be successful. And for those generation Xers who have waited patiently for their baby boomer supervisors to pass them the torch, they will be sorely disappointed when it is the millennial who grabs it from them.
Dr. Putnam thanks his wife Jessamyn for supporting him through his doctoral experience. The four-and-a-half-year journey was full of studying, teaching at Schreiner University and Central Texas Community College, and research engagements that came with emotional highs and lows. He also thanks his children: Liam, Connor, and Anson for the missed evenings and weekends and life interruptions his goal caused. Last by not least, he wants to recognize and thank his Putnam team: Jim Simmons, Eli Heatley, and Brittany Carrington, for picking up his slack and maintaining an extraordinary level of service at Putnam. Dr. Putnam’s research broadened the theories of job embeddedness and leader-member exchange and he plans to apply his findings to the Putnam organization and teach other business and organizational leaders how to increase employee retention by using positive relationships and encouraging a work-life balance.
Dr. Putnam launched the Putnam brand with Putnam Funeral Home in Kingsland, Texas in 2000. After adding in a crematory in 2006 that is now the only crematory in the Highland Lakes area, Dr. Putnam opened Cremation Advocates by Putnam in Marble Falls in 2017 as a contemporary and alternative approach to a funeral home and opened Bertram Funeral Home in 2018. Putnam Funeral Home and Crematory, LLC is located at 145 Texas Avenue in Kingsland, 325-388-0008, www.PutnamCares.com,; Cremation Advocates by Putnam is located at 206 Ave. H, Suite#204 in Marble Falls, 830-798-8413, www.CremationAdvocates.net; and Bertram Funeral Home is located at 1010 East TX-29 in Bertram, 512-355-8201, www.PutnamCares.com. Putnam is a member of Selected Independent Funeral Homes, National Funeral Directors Association, the Cremation Association of North America, the International Cemetery, Cremation, and Funeral Association, National Association for Grieving Children, and Business Network International.
For more information or to request Dr. Putnam as a speaker, please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 325-388-0008.
Meet Anubis and Anput, the newest members at the Putnam family of Funeral Homes – Bertram Funeral Home, Cremation Advocates by Putnam in Marble Falls, and Putnam Funeral Home and Crematory, LLC in Kingsland. Anubis and Anput are in training to become grief therapy dogs. Their initial training includes acclimating to various people and situations and as such, they will be rotating between the three Funeral Homes. Anubis has already shown his aptitude as a grief therapy dog as he will sit next to anyone feeling uptight or grieving and rest his head in their lap. Anput, on the other hand, prefers to sleep most of the day. As the entire training process can take 1-2 years depending on the dog, a facebook account has been created to allow people to follow their journey – https://www.facebook.com/anubisandanput/. At the end of their training, we expect Anubis and Anput to be available for pre need and at need funeral planning, visitations, celebrations of life, services, and for community outreach.
The Alliance of Therapy Dogs provides more information about how therapy dogs offer comfort at funeral services at www.therapydogs.com. Accordingly, “therapy dogs allow those grieving to receive some comfort and relieve their stress and anxiety for a bit. This is especially true for grieving children who may not be comfortable talking about their feelings with adults. Therapy dogs give them someone to talk to and comfort them during an emotional and confusing time. Death is difficult enough for many adults to understand, let alone trying to make some sense of it for children.
Not only do therapy dogs provide comfort, they also help improve overall mental and physical health. Petting a therapy dog increases serotonin and dopamine levels in our brain, which improves our mood by lowering stress, anxiety, and depression. Petting a therapy dog also lowers blood pressure and helps those who are feeling lonely, which could be the case for someone who lost a loved one.
Therapy dogs have the innate ability to sense a person’s emotional needs and act on them with unconditional love. Since those who are grieving may experience many of these emotions, therapy dogs make the perfect companion to help ease anxiety and confusion of death. It can simply be the therapy dog’s presence that distracts from stress and grief, even if for a moment or two. The power of a therapy dog to change the mood of a room is amazing, and funeral directors are discovering how to promote healthy healing in people who are grieving the death of a loved one.
According to Jessica Koth, public relations manager for the National Funeral Directors Association, “Therapy dogs have an amazing ability to put people at ease in a very emotional and difficult situation,” Jessica says. “I’ve heard of families coming into a funeral home to make arrangements for a loved one’s funeral, and when the therapy dog comes into the room, the mood changes and the family begins to open up and share their loved one’s story so the funeral director can help them understand how to plan a meaningful funeral. She adds that some funeral homes also use their therapy dogs in the grief support groups they offer.”
Anubis and Anput are rescued Labrador/Great Pyrenees mix puppies who are very laid back and gentle.
People generally think of catering for big life events such as weddings, anniversaries and graduations. These are typically events with set dates that can be planned well in advance. Celebrations of Life and Funerals rarely fall into this category as too often a loved one passes away unexpectedly. Losing a loved one can be an arduous time for families and Hey Diddle Diddle Catering understands completely. We are collaborating with Putnam Funeral Home, Cremation Advocates by Putnam, and Bertram Funeral Home to support you in your needs for sensitive planning & catering in the Highland Lakes area.
Relieving the Burden of Planning
Whether you are celebrating a joyous occasion or saying farewell to a loved one, food is always a key component of social gatherings. The act of breaking bread and sharing fellowship has been an integral component of ceremonies for many years. However, preparing such a desirable meal for a life celebration and/or funeral can be a difficult, near impossible task for just yourself and immediate family. In fact, providing food and drinks for guests at the memorial service isn’t likely to be at the top of your to do list. Our professional catering staff at Hey Diddle Diddle is adept at handling all of your hospitality needs in a dignified and efficient manner. This will help relieve the family of the burdens of planning for food and drinks at the funeral and/or memorial service. Our Celebration of Life caterers take care of everything from menu planning – with your input of course – to table settings to final clean up. This allows you to attend to your own needs and the needs of family and friends struggling with the loss of your loved one.
Flexible Food Menu and Beverage Service
We offer a variety of menu and beverage service options for you to choose from or we can customize a menu that suits the needs of your family. We’ll work with you and the Funeral Home to help decide the appropriate catering service for your family and friends and for your budget needs.
Our Celebration of Life menu will cater to whatever needs your family may have. If you don’t see something you’re interested in- just ask. We specialize in special requests and would be happy to accommodate whatever you’re looking for
For more information, please contact us at Hey Diddle Diddle Catering. We would be honored to serve you in your family’s time of need.
Serving Liberty Hill, Bertram, Oatmeal, Burnet, Marble Falls, Granite Shoals, Highland Haven, Kingsland, Tow, Llano, Buchanan Dam, Horseshoe Bay, Cottonwood Shores, Meadowlakes, Round Mountain, Spicewood and surrounding areas.
Guest blog by Michelle Devaney, Hey Diddle Diddle Catering in Burnet
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