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NFDA cancels In-person Convention & Expo
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NFDA cancels In-person Convention & Expo

In a press release released last week, the National Funeral Director’s Association (NFDA) announced the following: “Out of concern for the well-being of funeral professionals, exhibitors and association staff, the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) has canceled its in-person 2020 International Convention & Expo, scheduled for October 18 through 21 in New Orleans. NFDA will instead hold its first-ever virtual convention the week of October 18.” You can read the entire press release from NFDA here. More news from the […]

Expansions, acquisitions, new ownership. . . all part of what makes American small business what it is
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Expansions, acquisitions, new ownership. . . all part of what makes American small business what it is

We spend an inordinate amount of time telling our readers of what is happening in the large public companies that make up that constellation in the death care universe.  Don’t get me wrong, that information is good to have, easy to obtain as it is public by law, and much can be learned by seeing what the “Big Boys” of the profession are up to. However, in the death care industry – funeral homes, cemetery, preneed, and monuments – I’m […]

Have a Happy 4th of July — God Bless America!!
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Have a Happy 4th of July — God Bless America!!

Just so you know, I’m one of those people who is an unabashed, unashamed, believer in America and the American Spirit!  While not every thing is perfect about the country, I’m a believer in the ability of America, because of its people and its historical ideals, to overcome issues that create friction in our country from time to time. And, the Spring of 2020 has been one of those times where we have seen the friction.  From the coronavirus or […]

Matthews announces investment sale
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Matthews announces investment sale

On Tuesday global death care company Matthews International announced a sale, that was effective on June 26, of a non-controlling ownership interest in a pet cremation services business.  According to this release from Matthews, the company sold its interest for a total of $57.2 million. That $57.2 million was to be paid to Matthews International with $42.2 million in cash and another $15.0 million in preferred stock of the company, which was not named.  Again, according to the release, Matthews […]

Goetz to leave Carriage Services?
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Goetz to leave Carriage Services?

This morning we noticed a news release from Market Exclusive that you can see here pertaining to a K-1 filing from Carriage Services.  The filing informed the public that effective June 26, 2020, President and Chief Operating Officer William W. Goetz had resigned from those positions at Carriage Services as well as had resigned from a seat on the Carriage Services Board of Directors. The filing states in part, “The resignation was not the result of any disagreement Mr. Goetz […]

America’s cemetery problems
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America’s cemetery problems

Summer is, historically, a time that relatives visit the graves of long deceased members of the family.  Generally, between Memorial Day and Labor Day many families pack up for an afternoon and take a short trip to visit and do some upkeep on the family graves.  Others visit when they get back to their hometowns for a high school reunion or just to go visit relatives who still live in the childhood community. Well, that is the way it used […]

Security National joins Russell 3000 and other Death Care News
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Security National joins Russell 3000 and other Death Care News

Today’s afternoon edition of Funeral Director Daily brings you an update on death care public company Security National Financial Corporation (SNDC) and its inclusion into the Russell 3000 stock market index.  SNFC, which operates in the funeral, cemetery, cash assignment, and preneed portions of the death care industry was brought into the index as of Monday.  Here’s what SNFC President and Chairman of the Board Scott Quist had to say about the news,  “Security National has always strived to provide […]

My friend Roger
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My friend Roger

I’ve talked about it on this medium many times, but it has affected us all to some extent during 2020.  What I am talking about is the coronavirus and what it has done to our daily lives. . . in this case the social distancing and rules about no large gatherings.  In my opinion, we have all become a little lonelier in 2020. I’m a pretty social creature and enjoy the give and take of social interaction.  As a matter […]

News from the world of Death Care 6.29.2020
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News from the world of Death Care 6.29.2020

In today’s afternoon edition of Funeral Director Daily we bring you some of the best and worst of the funeral home and cemetery professions as well as an interesting article on the Burial Mounds of Tonga. N’West Iowa funeral homes noted for service.  nwestiowa.com (IA) Former Brownstown, Indiana, funeral home owner admits to stealing  more than $200,000 from clients.  Video and news article.  WDRB.com.  Louisville (KY) Family owned funeral service prides itself on relationships it has built.  Burnaby Now – […]

Are we failing our families?
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Are we failing our families?

This is a really difficult topic, but one that needs to be thought about.  This article, entitled “Lack of collective mourning shows way pandemic has altered grief“, appeared in Sunday’s Minneapolis Star Tribune.  It is thought provoking and gets to the essence of why modern funeral directors exist — to care for the living. It is a difficult subject and one that is hard to throw any blame at the death care industry because we are only following the rules […]