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The power of “Positive”
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The power of “Positive”

An interesting article came out this past weekend from the Metrowest Daily News of suburban Boston.  The article, that you can read here, dealt with the changes in funeral service over time for some of the long established funeral homes west of Boston in Worcester, Massachusetts.  Some of the funeral homes questioned for the article have been in the same family ownership for 150 years and into the 6th generation. One of the owners mentions that when he was born […]

Millennials managing funeral homes
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Millennials managing funeral homes

I saw this title or something like it on my daily Google death care alerts and thought. . “What of it”.  The American Millennial generation started with births in 1980.  . what is so strange about a 40-year old managing a mortuary.  My goodness, we have people younger than that serving in the United States Congress. I opened up the article, which you can find here, because I was pretty young when, because of my father’s death, I began running […]

Throwback Thursday – The Staffing Shortage
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Throwback Thursday – The Staffing Shortage

Editor’s Note:  Funeral Director Daily has grown greatly in subscribers in the last two years.  Because of such I have decided that every once in a while I will throw out a well read article to be read again.   The article will have to continue to be relevant in the profession when I do such.  Here’s an article from back in December 2017 that, I believe is still relevant today. Last week I received an e-mail from an Iowa funeral […]

Outside the box. . or Vertical/Horizontal?
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Outside the box. . or Vertical/Horizontal?

Many people talk of taking their business “Outside the Box” to find new creative ways to generate more revenue and build their business enterprise.  I’m certainly no MBA guy in Business or Finance. . .  but, more or less I’ve been involved in business for about 50 years since I had my first paper route.  I don’t have a degree in any business related field, but I’ve owned about eight businesses, invested in others,  have chaired health care concerns with […]

SCI lists another iconic chapel for sale
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SCI lists another iconic chapel for sale

Not so long ago we told you in this article about Service Corporation International (SCI) closing and selling the historic designated landmark H.M. Patterson & Son Chapel in Atlanta, Georgia.  That chapel had served for 91 years as the flagship chapel for H.M. Patterson in the Atlanta area. We recently learned that SCI has listed the 30,000 square foot historic Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home building at 1306 North Monroe Street in Spokane, Washington, for sale also.  The building dates […]

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 […]