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Toronto company creates home decor urn
Products

Toronto company creates home decor urn

We recently learned thru a press release, that you can read here, of a Toronto based company, UrbanRIP, that has created a new urn called the Candlestick Egg Urn.  From our point of view, it is an urn designed to fit in a home decor where it will have meaning and accessibility for the family while being discreet for other visitors. According to the press release, “Family members and friends often keep a small amount of their loved one’s ashes; […]

Death Care around the world
Business

Death Care around the world

Every once in a while we like to just bring our readers news from around the world of Death Care.  And, today, our news around the world of death care is truly from around the world. The following articles bring news from three continents — from North America we bring you news of funeral home mergers and acquisitions, from Great Britain we bring you news from the Funeral Co-op and how they are coping with the changing attitudes of the […]

A reminder about the National Cemetery Administration
Cemetery

A reminder about the National Cemetery Administration

Like most funeral directors, those of us at Funeral Director Daily believe it is our sacred duty to serve the military veterans of our country with honor and dignity.  Because of that fact, we wanted to make sure that all funeral directors are aware that the National Cemetery Scheduling Office (NCSO) began the conversion to the Memorial Benefits Management System (MBMS) yesterday (9/17/2019) Over the next few months all cemetery schedulers will be transitioned over to the MBMS system.  The […]

Does more money = more services??
Business Preneed

Does more money = more services??

It’s a habit that I just can’t seem to let go of.  I’m just business oriented and when I read something I have this habit of taking the information and transforming it into how it may or may not affect the business that I am in.  As some of you know, I’m an early investor in a nationally growing food delivery business and just the other day the State of California noted that they will be looking to move some […]

More from the Pacific Northwest
Business

More from the Pacific Northwest

We gave you an article this morning that dealt with the State of Oregon.  The following article is a terrific business article that comes from their neighbor state to the north, Washington. Here is a really interesting article that brings up many of the challenges of full-service funeral homes and what they face, especially those in metropolitan areas where the neighborhoods change and the cost of real estate is high.  It is from the Seattle Times Business section and pertains […]

Article says Oregon “falls short” in death care inspections
Regulations

Article says Oregon “falls short” in death care inspections

I came across a really good consumer information article the other day about the State of Oregon and its Mortuary and Cemetery Board.  The point of the article was an information topic on how the funeral home, cremation, and cemetery industry is regulated in that state.  You can read the article here. As my headline indicates, the newspaper article headline also says that “Inspections of Oregon’s funeral services fall short”.  However, when you read the entire article it is not […]

Australian pre-need insurer faces investigation and civil action
Regulations

Australian pre-need insurer faces investigation and civil action

This article from the Sydney Morning Herald relates to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) that, according to that article, commenced action last week against funeral and accident insurance company Select AFSL  and its director, Russell Howden. The article mentions that the company faces a lawsuit from Australia’s corporate regulator over what they call “coercive sales tactics”.  It is alleged that Select AFSL offered staff trips to Las Vegas and other prizes for pushing funeral insurance policies to vulnerable […]

Dillinger may not be exhumed after all
Cemetery Regulations

Dillinger may not be exhumed after all

Last month we brought you this story that pertained to the exhumation of a legendary bank robber who was at one time known as “Public Enemy #1”.  We refer to the life and death of John Dillinger and his eventual burial at the Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis, Indiana. We told you last month that relatives of Mr. Dillinger have reason to believe and have signed an affidavit that cites, “that they have evidence the person shot at the Biograph […]

The Federal Funds rate and your funeral home
Finance

The Federal Funds rate and your funeral home

Next week the United States Federal Reserve Board will meet in one of their eight yearly meetings.  This group of monetary experts meets to discuss our country’s monetary policy and set the interest rate that the government charges banks for government funds.  Virtually all other rates in the world are then set based on what is referred to as the “Federal Funds Rate”. While it is national and international news each and every time this board meets, the actions that […]

Remembering 9-11 and our funeral director collegues
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Remembering 9-11 and our funeral director collegues

So today, September 11, 2019, marks the 18th anniversary of the 2001 terror attacks on America.  For those of us who are baby boomers, that day is seared in our memory as are the days of the President John F. Kennedy assassination, the day that astronaut Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, and the day of the space shuttle Challenger implosion.  I’m amazed that each of those days was simply a 24 hour period — yet each of those days […]