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Afternoon edition:  Minnesota funeral home to build new facility
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Afternoon edition: Minnesota funeral home to build new facility

This article from the Albert Lea Tribune tells us that Wells, Minnesota, funeral director Susan Nasinec and her husband Nathan, are moving forward with plans to construct a new funeral home in Wells. Nasinec told the newspaper that the couple wants to serve the community the best they can and a new building would be a big improvement. The new Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home will have up to date technology offerings, more space, and its own in-house crematory. More from the […]

News you can use for the weekend
Business Preneed Products

News you can use for the weekend

As we head into another great summer weekend, here is some industry news that you can use. Funeral Directors Life Named “Great Place to Work” Funeral Directors Life was recently named as one of the 2020 Best Workplaces in Texas by Great Place to Work and Fortune.  Funeral Directors Life was honored with the 26th spot for small and medium companies.  You can see the press release here. “It’s a tremendous honor to be recognized by Great Place to Work […]

Delayed grief and funeral director PTSD
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Delayed grief and funeral director PTSD

Earlier this week I read a really informative article from Philadelphia Weekly entitled “Delayed Grief”.  You can read the article here. The article touches on two distinct features about being a funeral director — that the profession is believed to be one of the largest professions with undiagnosed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)  and, secondly, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, funeral directors had no time to rest. However, as you would expect from our “giving and serving” profession, here is […]

Does Death Care have a “Consumer Influencer”?
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Does Death Care have a “Consumer Influencer”?

I will start today’s column with this paragraph that was in my Saturday edition of Seeking Alpha, a daily newsletter I receive about current events and the financial markets. . and sometimes how the two are intertwined. “Cosmetics maker Coty (NYSE:COTY) agreed to buy a 20% stake in Kim Kardashian West’s make-up brand KKW for $200M, valuing the three-year-old company at $1B. That’s slightly less than the $1.2B valuation Coty put on Kim’s younger sister Kylie Jenner’s business when it […]

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
Business Finance

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
Business Regulations

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 […]