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Weekend Update:  Our colleagues on the front lines
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Weekend Update: Our colleagues on the front lines

Earlier this week a national reporter called me to ask some questions about COVID-19 and how it might relate to the funeral industry as more and more deaths occur.  My prediction on the services front was that even if we hit the range of 100,000 to 240,000 deaths that the administration is now predicting, that is an annual increase of between 3% and 8% over America’s annual 2.8 million annual deaths.  So, it is something that I believe America’s death […]

Teaching old dogs new tricks
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Teaching old dogs new tricks

The old saying is that you “Can’t teach an old dog new tricks”.  Well, I think after this week that I am living proof that statement definitely does not hold water. You see, this week I watched four webinars on what is happening in funeral service and the death care industry.  That, in itself, for a 62-year old, 35 year veteran of the profession is a new trick!  I have been used to learning from going to seminars and reading. […]

More timely information for funeral service
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More timely information for funeral service

Yesterday while I was sheltering in place I was able to watch and be informed from two webcasts in the funeral industry.  We know at Funeral Director Daily that we can use our subscription power – and your help in passing along the information – to get the word out on best practices in the industry during the COVID-19 situation. I was pleasantly surprised on both the technical quality and the knowledge quality from the webcasts I watched.  One was […]

Reuters says “U.S. funeral homes struggle to adapt”
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Reuters says “U.S. funeral homes struggle to adapt”

Reuters published an article yesterday that was picked up by the New York Times today.  It is headlined, “As coronavirus hits memorial services, U.S. funeral homes struggle to adapt”.  You can read the article here. The article picks up on the Seeking Alpha article that we made available to our readers yesterday bearing somewhat on the uncertainty of what is happening with the death rate amid the COVID-19 challenge.  The article makes specific references to funeral homes that are working […]

Will this current challenge change funeral service
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Will this current challenge change funeral service

Unlike many of you who are a lot younger than I am, I no longer am responsible for working day after day and am no longer responsible for making the everyday decisions of businesses that I was in charge of in the past.  What that really means right now is that while I salute you for what you are doing in the workplace and for your community I am “sheltering in place” and basically watching the snow melt outside my […]

Will “Death Photos” become part of your services
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Will “Death Photos” become part of your services

According to this article from the Minneapolis Tribune but syndicated by the New York Times, “when Louise Rafkin posted a photo of her mother on Facebook the night of her death at age 98 in September with her golden retriever at her side, it rattled some family members and friends.”  “The Facebook post was a way to announce the death,” Rafkin said. We’ve all heard about the “death photos” of the past when it might be at a funeral that […]

Children’s Funeral Fund of England going strong into first year
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Children’s Funeral Fund of England going strong into first year

This press release tells of the acceptance and usage of the Children’s Funeral Fund of England (CFF) which came into force in that country on July 23, 2019.  So, the statistics documented in this report take into consideration a time period of about 8 months. The CFF was established to “provide bereaved parents with valuable practical support at a very difficult time.  The program aims to reduce the financial burden for families by reimbursing burial and cremation authorities, and funeral […]

Branson funeral home moving forward after fire
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Branson funeral home moving forward after fire

A couple of weeks ago we brought you this article which told of a fire at the Snapp-Bearden Funeral Home and Crematory in Branson, Missouri.  Today we bring you this update article that appeared recently in the Branson Tri-Lakes News. Acording to the article, after operating for more than 35 years adjacent to the Ozarks Memorial Park Cemetery, the Snapp-Bearden Funeral Home was declared a “complete loss” after the fire of February 13. Since that time, however, funeral director/owner Darrel […]

Funeral director employment. . . where are we at? What can we do?
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Funeral director employment. . . where are we at? What can we do?

A couple of things have happened in the last week that made me wonder about the state of employment in the funeral director world.  In the past week I just happened to meet a gentleman, whom I’m guessing is in his early 30’s.  Sitting next to this gentleman at a coffee shop I learned that he was a former funeral director who is now in school to earn his RN degree in nursing. Then later in the week I had […]

Funeral director employment. . . where are we at?  What can we do?
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Funeral director employment. . . where are we at? What can we do?

A couple of things have happened in the last week that made me wonder about the state of employment in the funeral director world.  In the past week I just happened to meet a gentleman, whom I’m guessing is in his early 30’s.  Sitting next to this gentleman at a coffee shop I learned that he was a former funeral director who is now in school to earn his RN degree in nursing. Then later in the week I had […]