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2nd generation family members make their mark
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2nd generation family members make their mark

Today we will bring you a couple of stories we recently saw in the news pertaining to some things that are happening with a couple of 2nd generation New York state family funeral home operators. The first story deals with 27-year old Ryan Frary and his purchase of the Stuart-Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Tupper Lake, New York.  Frary purchased the funeral home at the end of the summer and is re-naming it the Frary-Stuart Funeral Home.  Former owner Shawn Stuart […]

A tale of two funeral homes
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A tale of two funeral homes

Over the weekend I noticed two newspaper articles from small town newspapers that involved two separate funeral homes of different size and history.  However, in reading the articles and doing a little research by going to the websites of the companies, I noticed something in common. What I noticed in common, quite frankly, has to do with American entrepreneurism and the desire and opportunity to better ourselves through believing in ourselves.  It occurred to me, that while we like to […]

Calculating the environmental costs. . . what matters most?
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Calculating the environmental costs. . . what matters most?

The article begins, “Cremation and ground burial both have carbon footprints that have some people looking for other options for the afterlife.”  That sentence pulled me in but what I went on to watch and read in this video and news story from Chemical & Engineering News pertaining to the “new” death care economy that some say will be built on the environment was simply fascinating as to what many people are banking on and the simple science facts behind […]

California, wildfires, and funeral home generators
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California, wildfires, and funeral home generators

Many of you know that I live in west central Minnesota in a small community virtually equidistant between Minneapolis and Fargo, North Dakota.  Our area, over the years has had some powerful and destructive tornadoes, but they are quick and generally affect only a small destructive path.  If you happen to be in that 2-5 mile path where the tornado touches down, that is not good, but as I said, the path is small compared to the total area.  i.e. […]

Indigent services increasing in Salt Lake County
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Indigent services increasing in Salt Lake County

This article from the Salt Lake Tribune brings up the subject that indigent deaths paid for by the county has been increasing quite drastically in the past year.  The article points out the over 20% increase in year over year numbers has happened fast. . . going from about four deaths per week earlier this year to five deaths per week and now on a run rate of six per week over the past three months. Nicholas Rupp, a spokesman […]

The cost of a funeral, financial literacy. . . and more
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The cost of a funeral, financial literacy. . . and more

I read and then viewed this news story from KPLC-TV of Lake Charles, Louisiana and thought to myself, “Wow they did a pretty fair job of telling of the plight of paying for a funeral when no planning has been done.”  You see, a lot of people like to blame the unexpected expenses of a sudden death in the family on funeral directors everywhere instead of looking inward with the idea that this was going to happen sometime, why didn’t […]

Funeral home sets up foundation to help with funeral costs
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Funeral home sets up foundation to help with funeral costs

We recently came across this article from the Manchester Ink Link which informed the public that the Phaneuf Family Foundation had been set up with a tripartite mission for the benefit of individuals and families of New Hampshire and Vermont.  The foundation will be led by Arthur O. “Buddy” Phaneuf, President of Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium in Manchester, New Hampshire.  According to the article, Mr. Phaneuf will serve as a trustee and Chairman of the Board of the Phaneuf […]

How will we transform?
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How will we transform?

The other day Funeral Director Daily published an article on the transformation of Hillenbrand Industries.  We explained that while the trajectory has not been perfect and steady – as a matter of fact it has sometimes been downright rocky – they have now transformed their business and business model so that their founding business, caskets, makes up only 30% of their revenue and they have found a way to be profitable at that figure. In researching that article I came […]

Crematory, reception hall to be added to Pennsylvania funeral home
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Crematory, reception hall to be added to Pennsylvania funeral home

It was noted in The Courier Express of Dubois, Pennsylvania, in an article that you can see here, that the Adamson Funeral Chapel in Dubois had a revised land development plan for a crematory approved by the Sandy Township Planning Commission. According to the article, the Adamson Funeral Chapel is proposing to build a 1500 square foot crematory addition and a 1600 square foot reception hall on their funeral home which is in an already commercial zoned parcel. The article […]

Death Care around the world
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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 […]