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Where should you be advertising
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Where should you be advertising

I think I am very much like most people in that when I see something that pertains to something in my life I generally pay attention.  Today’s article emanates from some things I saw or heard over the last week. First of all, I am an investor in a small private company that rents billboard space as well as borrows money to billboard company operators who want to build new billboard platforms.  The CEO gave me a call last week […]

Finding your space in funeral service
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Finding your space in funeral service

One company says, their business is about “the option to deal with everything online in as little as five minutes” and meant to give back time to people who are grieving.  Another business says it is about “connecting with the families they serve”. One company wants to offer a simple solution and an all-inclusive price for cremation services.  Another company believes families come to them because they are leaders in the profession and dedicated to excellence. One company was started […]

Swimming against the stream
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Swimming against the stream

To understand me you have to understand that I was somewhat, especially when it came to business, a data geek even before data and the term “data analytics” became in vogue.  When my wife and I were married in 1988 – and I was hatching all kinds of business opportunities outside of the funeral realm, my wife once told me, “When you die, I’m going to bury you with a calculator in your hands.” On that wave I just started […]

Wages and job satisfaction
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Wages and job satisfaction

As just a lay person and/or consumer it seems that I am constantly hearing two things about wages in America.  On one hand, it seems that I hear people advocating for, regardless of the market situation, wages that should be at a minimum of $15 to $20 per hour in any line of employment.  On the other hand, I hear that wages have grown faster for the bottom 25% of the workforce during the market run-up the past two years […]

Landmark SCI chapel to close today
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Landmark SCI chapel to close today

According to this article from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the 91-year old H.M. Patterson and Son Spring Hill Chapel in Midtown will be closing at the end of business today – Friday, January 10.  The funeral business and its adjacent gardens, which had reached “Landmark Status” was purchased by a developer in December. The new owners, Portman Holdings say, “we intend to preserve the chapel and will engage a design and construction team with the relevant experience”.  It is expected that […]

Funeral Director Daily hits milestones!!!
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Funeral Director Daily hits milestones!!!

A couple of days ago the world not only broke into a new decade, but the turning over of the calendar into 2020 also signified a milestone for our little newsletter, Funeral Director Daily.  Last week we passed into the realm of going over 1,000 daily subscribers to the blog I created just to stay in touch with the death care industry after my retirement from such. Subscribers either receive a daily e-mail or Twitter feed of Funeral Director Daily […]

Economic downturns and the funeral industry
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Economic downturns and the funeral industry

In America we have been fortunate that in my lifetime forces have kept the economy stable.  Yes, I can remember when I started in the business that bank certificate of deposits on funeral trust funds paid 16% annually – but that was for a very short period of time.  The economic stability of America lets businesses plan and execute with only the very remotest threat of a depression or drastic economic downturn. Contrast that with what is happening with our […]

The “Times”. . .they do change — Will you be ready??
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The “Times”. . .they do change — Will you be ready??

I wrote on Monday about the change in the “place of death”.  In that article I pointed out that in the early 1900s people tended to die at home and much of the funeral experience was then held in the home.  While I never did it, I am old enough to have had funeral directors tell me their stories of going to homes with an “embalming board”, doing the embalming, dressing, and cosmetizing in the home in preparation for the […]

The place of death
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The place of death

This article which ran first in the New York Times but which I found in Saturday’s Minneapolis Tribune deals with the fact that death is trending to happen more often in homes rather than in institutions for the first time in over half a century.  The article states that in 2017 (the latest year statistics are available for this) for the first time in over 50 years more people (30.7%) died in a home setting than in a hospital setting […]

Minnesota – and the rest of the nation – will need funeral directors
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Minnesota – and the rest of the nation – will need funeral directors

I came across this article last week which describes the work of Victor Sweeney as the single funeral director in the rural Minnesota town of Warren.  Sweeney describes what he does and why he loves taking care of people at the time of death. The article also goes into the state of the profession in Minnesota where the mortuary classes at the state’s flagship university are dwindling in size.  Turning that enrollment picture around, as the article states, depends on […]