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Another way to memorialize cremated remains
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Another way to memorialize cremated remains

As we move into the weekend I thought I would just leave you with an article to read about another – what some might say is innovative – way to memorialize a loved one.  I wrote earlier this week that I am one who would opt to bury a loved one’s cremated remains in a cemetery or place in a columbarium.  However, I am not remiss in understanding that there are those who would like to memorialize loved ones in […]

Finding your space in funeral service
Business Products

Finding your space in funeral service

One company says, their business is about “the option to deal with everything online in as little as five minutes” and meant to give back time to people who are grieving.  Another business says it is about “connecting with the families they serve”. One company wants to offer a simple solution and an all-inclusive price for cremation services.  Another company believes families come to them because they are leaders in the profession and dedicated to excellence. One company was started […]

Investigations at Pennsylvania funeral home
Regulations

Investigations at Pennsylvania funeral home

It recently came to our attention that the Lancaster County (Pennsylvania) District Attorney has confirmed investigative action against a county funeral home.  According to the following articles and television story, the district attorney “received information months ago and responded accordingly”. The district attorney also said, according to the articles, that they learned of recent developments which caused them to take “investigative action at the funeral home.” Here is an article from Lancaster County Online dated Monday, January 14. Here is […]

Columbarium conundrum
Cemetery Cremation

Columbarium conundrum

The realization that  57% of cremated remains are not accounted for by means whereas the deceased can be memorialized into the future has caused some church communities to wonder if their ministry can help address the needs of the community that would lower this number.  According to this article in the Rancho Santa Fe Review, 35% of cremated remains are buried at a cemetery and about 8% are placed in columbariums.  The remaining 57% are returned to the family or […]

Historic North Carolina funeral home burns down
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Historic North Carolina funeral home burns down

We learned today of a funeral home fire in Bethel, North Carolina that occurred on the evening of Monday, January 13.  According to this news video and article from WITN Television, the Bethel location of Walker-Ayers Funeral Home was a complete loss due to the fire that was reported to firefighters at about 11:00 pm on Monday.  Firefighters battled the blaze until about 3:30 am. The funeral home dates back to the 1890s. In a Facebook post the funeral home […]

Swimming against the stream
Business

Swimming against the stream

To understand me you have to understand that I was somewhat, especially when it came to business, a data geek even before data and the term “data analytics” became in vogue.  When my wife and I were married in 1988 – and I was hatching all kinds of business opportunities outside of the funeral realm, my wife once told me, “When you die, I’m going to bury you with a calculator in your hands.” On that wave I just started […]

Wages and job satisfaction
Business

Wages and job satisfaction

As just a lay person and/or consumer it seems that I am constantly hearing two things about wages in America.  On one hand, it seems that I hear people advocating for, regardless of the market situation, wages that should be at a minimum of $15 to $20 per hour in any line of employment.  On the other hand, I hear that wages have grown faster for the bottom 25% of the workforce during the market run-up the past two years […]

Public funeral home companies and 2019
Finance

Public funeral home companies and 2019

I will preface this article to say that it is being written on Friday, January 10.  Because of that all prices quoted come from the end of the day on Thursday, January 9.  I will also say I am not a stock security analyst and all opinions are mine alone.  Finally, I do own stock positions in Service Corporation International and Park Lawn Corporation. With that said, I thought it might be fun to compare what these public funeral home […]

Landmark SCI chapel to close today
Business

Landmark SCI chapel to close today

According to this article from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the 91-year old H.M. Patterson and Son Spring Hill Chapel in Midtown will be closing at the end of business today – Friday, January 10.  The funeral business and its adjacent gardens, which had reached “Landmark Status” was purchased by a developer in December. The new owners, Portman Holdings say, “we intend to preserve the chapel and will engage a design and construction team with the relevant experience”.  It is expected that […]

Funeral Director Daily hits milestones!!!
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Funeral Director Daily hits milestones!!!

A couple of days ago the world not only broke into a new decade, but the turning over of the calendar into 2020 also signified a milestone for our little newsletter, Funeral Director Daily.  Last week we passed into the realm of going over 1,000 daily subscribers to the blog I created just to stay in touch with the death care industry after my retirement from such. Subscribers either receive a daily e-mail or Twitter feed of Funeral Director Daily […]