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Afternoon Edition: Funeral Home of the Week

Today we start a new feature with Funeral Director Daily.  This feature is entitled, “Funeral Home of the Week”, and is just what it says it is — each week we will present one funeral home in an interview process for others to learn about.  It is our hope, as we feature all sizes of funeral homes from North America, and once in a while from other continents, that funeral practitioners will be able to glean information that can be […]

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Afternoon Edition: Utah funeral director hopes to build business with donated services

It’s not everyday when someone opens a business and then says they are going to build that business by donating the business’ services.  However, that is exactly what James Stephens is saying as the Managing Funeral Director of the new White Pines Funeral Home in Logan, Utah. According to this article from the Herald Journal News of Utah, Stephens and a group of investors are expected to open their funeral home in mid-October.  The group purchased the building from foreclosure […]

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Afternoon Edition: “Get to Know Them” – Mary Lou Cressy

As we told you last Thursday, Funeral Director Daily has started a new feature every Thursday entitled, “Get to Know Them”.  In this feature we bring you an interview with someone in the Death Care profession/industry.  From writing this blog I’ve learned that there are so many valuable people who keep our profession moving and making difficult times for families experiencing a loss much easier.  This is our attempt to feature some of these people who we all have come […]

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Afternoon Edition: Counties feeling the pressure to help with cremation costs

Today’s Afternoon Edition will bring you some stories of American counties that are grappling with how to pay for increased requests for financial assistance for families that indicate that they need help in paying minimum cremation costs.  We have one story from WFTS in Tampa Bay, Florida, that is very typical in telling that requests for that type of assistance in Hillsborough County and Pasco County are up between 35-40% on the year.  One official from Hillsborough County tells the […]

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Afternoon Edition: Black smoke upsets crematory neighbors

Today we bring you several news reports, articles, and video pertaining to a crematory in New York state that last week had black smoke billowing from its cremation stack.  The funeral home, and its crematory, are located in Tonawanda, New York, and according to some of the articles, this is not the first time that neighbors have rallied against the establishment. Funeral Director Daily take:  One of the first things a funeral home would seem to want is good relations […]

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Afternoon Edition: NFDA 9/11 Podcast, . . Park Lawn appoints CFO, . . . India’s 15 year old “King” of cremation

In our first Afternoon Edition following the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 Attack on America we bring you the latest podcast from the National Funeral Director’s Association, which features an interview with funeral director Dominic Carella.  According to NFDA, Carella was the first funeral director called on 9/11, 2001, and he and his team provided care for 79 families that lost loved ones that day. Funeral Director Daily is also reprinting  our article from last year on September 11, which […]

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Axar Capital pulls back bid to take StoneMor Inc. private

In this public relations release from Globe Newswire you can read that Axar Capital Management has withdrawn its proposal to acquire all of the outstanding shares of StoneMor Inc. and take the company private. In the press release, StoneMor made this announcement by Stephen J. Negrotti, Chair of a special committee to evaluate the Axar proposal, “We have worked closely with Axar over the last six weeks to evaluate its most recent proposal. We have consulted with our financial and […]

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Afternoon Edition: “Get to Know Them” — Jay Dodds

Today we start a new feature with Funeral Director Daily that we plan to showcase every Thursday afternoon.  This is our “Get to Know Them” feature. Doing this daily edition of death care related topics for Funeral Director Daily has shown to me the unique, but yet diverse occupations and individuals involved in bringing the death care experience to the consumer client.  I’ve learned that our profession is not only funeral directors, cemetery operators, casket sales reps, but many, many […]

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Afternoon Edition: News you can use

In today’s Afternoon Edition we bring you information from some of our colleagues in the death care industry.  We have news from the National Funeral Directors Association about their upcoming national convention as well as three new podcasts from them that you might find interesting.  We also have news from some of our business associates at Clifton Larson Allen and U.S. Bank on ideas and suggestions about accounting for your business and financial management for the individual. Finally, we have […]

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Afternoon Edition: Learning from down under and across the pond

You have heard me say many times that small funeral home operators can learn a lot from watching what the public companies are doing in the business.  I’m also of the opinion that those of us in North America can learn much from what our colleagues in Australia and Great Britain are doing. . .  .especially in that they seem to be ahead of their North American counterparts in how they service cremation client families in that ever growing segment […]