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Friday around the profession
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Friday around the profession

It’s Friday and we just thought that we would bring you some stories and/or news videos from around the profession to end the week.  Here is what we have for you today: Pet Loss:  This short news video story from a Texas television station tells the story of a pet crematory that has allegedly had a gas leak so that their crematories have been out of service for over a month.  Pet owners are disappointed,frustrated, and hurt, and the sheriff […]

Another way to help
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Another way to help

Yesterday we told you of an effort to find unclaimed cremation remains permanent memorial places through a non-profit group.  Today we just want to tell funeral home operators of another way that they can help with the final memorialization of our veterans. I never thought of this issue before, but it is out there and this article from WFXG in Augusta,Georgia, tells of an old building that once housed the Dent Undertaking establishment.  The article tells of the discovery of […]

Australia. . . the harbinger of things to come?
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Australia. . . the harbinger of things to come?

The funeral and cremation profession in Australia is an industry that takes in about US $ 1.12 billion in revenue each year (all amounts in this article have been converted to U.S. values).  That’s only about 7% of the purported industry revenue of $16.3 billion that the United States death care profession reels in, however, it is enough to give a significant indication on what might be coming to the U.S. in the near future. The Australian industry, according to […]

“Charging like raging bulls”
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“Charging like raging bulls”

Australian funeral customer Jane Sinclair has created a little bit of a stir down under by calling for more transparency in the way that client families are charged for funeral services.  Ms. Sinclair, according to this article from ABC Australia, complained months after the services were performed for her mother.  She is quoted as saying in the article, “My feeling is the only way around it (price transparency) is some sort of regulation, some sort of consumer protection to stop […]

Presidential visit pays off for livery company
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Presidential visit pays off for livery company

This article from a European publication indicates that the recent visit to Ireland by President Donald Trump and his contingent paid off handsomely for an Irish based livery company. It is estimated that the Irish livery company JP Ward & Sons will receive close to $1 million during the Presidential trip that includes the D-Day 75th Anniversary remembrance.  JP Ward & Sons, according to the article, is a family owned livery company that also caters to the funeral profession. The […]

Funeral Poverty. . . .are you aware of it?
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Funeral Poverty. . . .are you aware of it?

During my time as a funeral home owner I had to visit with the county Social Services director, with other funeral home owners, to discuss the procedure and re-imbursements for what we termed “county burials” about every other year.  The discussion was always the same. . . .the county had a limited amount of money to pay for indigent funerals and they were interested in how we could agree on a re-imbursement plan. Up until the final couple of years […]

Friday’s Random Releases
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Friday’s Random Releases

To cap off the week and the month of May we are forwarding to you three separate articles from the world of death care.  Click on the links of these articles to learn more. State of Washington and its Death Certificate Problem- An editorial from the Spokane Spokesman-Review that you can read here goes into detail the problems families are encountering because of delays in completing death certificates.  The article states that “at the heart of the problem is a […]

What business are you in??
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What business are you in??

The standard “What business are you in” history lesson is still taught at the nation’s top business schools.  That lesson goes way back to when I was in college and contemplates the question of how you define your business may actually make or break the business as the business goes forward in times of technological advances and/or consumer preferences. The classic story is that of the railroad industry.  From the late 1800’s to the mid-20th century, about the 1950’s, the […]

Transparency . . . or lack thereof in death care pricing
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Transparency . . . or lack thereof in death care pricing

2019 is supposed to be the year that the Federal Trade Commission reviews the Funeral Rule.  I don’t know if that will happen, but critics of the death care industry are asking for the reviewal and with it, price transparency required as a web or app based service. This article that I read from the New York Post explains some of the issues surrounding funeral business pricing practices.  In it, Josh Slocum, a well known advocate for funeral home price […]

The Battle for Talent
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The Battle for Talent

Maybe we really are aging a little.  It seems like just yesterday that we were talking about the Millennials — that group of beings born between 1981 and 1996 – coming into the workforce and how we were prepared to deal with their age based culture.  That group is now aged between the mid 20’s and the late 30’s and now make up the largest portion of the United States labor force. However, according to this article from the Minneapolis […]