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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 […]

Are we failing our families?
Business Regulations

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 […]

Random thoughts on retail sales, funeral home restrictions, revenues, and acquisitions
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Random thoughts on retail sales, funeral home restrictions, revenues, and acquisitions

Where were you when you first realized that the coronavirus may be something serious and you changed your course of habits to manage your lifestyle more safely?  Angie and I were on a scheduled flight out of Honolulu returning to Minneapolis on February 1, the day after President Trump had instituted the flight ban from China.  I remember wiping our seats down with clean wipes. . .something I had never done before. So, we have now had a little over […]

Supreme Court rules in “landmark” civil rights case partly stemming from funeral home employment issue
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Supreme Court rules in “landmark” civil rights case partly stemming from funeral home employment issue

On Monday the United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in a case that was partly brought to that court from a Michigan funeral home lawsuit alleging discrimination in employment as it pertains to gay, lesbian, and transgender people. Here is what an article from Real Clear Politics (RCP) says of this decision.  “The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a landmark civil rights law protects gay, lesbian and transgender people from discrimination in employment, a resounding victory for LGBT rights […]

The “Everday Hero”within us
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The “Everday Hero”within us

It was in church this morning – yes, I’m writing this on Sunday and I was in church attendance today for the third consecutive week – that I caught an idea for a blog article.  We live in Minnesota and church attendance, with certain rules, has been in effect for three weeks.  The spiritual realm is a big part of our life, so this has been an uplifting part of June for Angie and I. Today when sitting in church […]

Will the “re-opening” of America move the needle on funeral home revenue?
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Will the “re-opening” of America move the needle on funeral home revenue?

Last week has had a lot of COVID world firsts for me.  Let’s see, I left my county for the first time since March, albeit about one block south of the county line to attend a hybrid graduation party.  I also ate inside a restaurant on Wednesday for the first time since March when one of my friends and I went to one of our 25% capacity restaurants for lunch.  And, on Friday I participated in a Zoom meeting where […]

COVID-19 and its possible effects on the funeral profession
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COVID-19 and its possible effects on the funeral profession

As I dwell on what is going on currently – such as the market rebounding to its past level, businesses opening up across the country, and school administrators deciding on how to safely open up for classes in the Fall, I cannot help but wonder if the funeral profession will have ramifications because of the three month period we have just went through. Let’s see, across the country we have had mass layoffs bordering on the unemployment statistics of the […]

Goings on in the independent funeral home world
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Goings on in the independent funeral home world

Sometimes I can get going about a subject and give you my opinion before you have even had a chance to read the article and form an opinion on your own.  Like everybody, my experiences that I have lived slant the opinions that I profess. And, while I grew up and operated as a 4th generation funeral director in a family firm that is now in its 147th year, I like to think that I am not favored to the […]

Is “Old Fashioned” the new technology
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Is “Old Fashioned” the new technology

A couple of non-death care profession articles that I read this weekend really made me think of the death care profession and where we are moving.  Just to make the record straight before I get into where we might be moving, I want to point out that I think all businesses are perpetually “moving” to reach the consumer as life, including technology, changes. In other words, it is not unusual to think about the profession “moving” or maybe “moving forward” […]

Catching up with eziFunerals
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Catching up with eziFunerals

There is no doubt that opinions can sway back and forth and can change over time.  I’ve noticed it in my own life. . . . as a young person I pretty much looked at every issue as black or white.  As I’ve aged and had the opportunity to experience more things, meet different people, and take the time to look at things from another’s perspective. . . .I’ve come to see the world in differing shades of gray. . […]