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Revenues are down. . .what do you do about marketing?
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Revenues are down. . .what do you do about marketing?

As you know if you have been reading Funeral Director Daily in the last month, it appears that the “no large gatherings” rules that are in effect in many states across America have had a negative effect on all things death care.  Funeral homes have talked about revenue declines in many of their service categories such as visitations, funeral services, and memorial celebrations.  Suppliers in many major categories – especially those tied to the embalming of the body – because […]

From the investment community:  U.S. funeral costs, Australia funeral trends
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From the investment community: U.S. funeral costs, Australia funeral trends

To roll into the weekend we thought we would give you some food for thought in the funeral industry from almost 10,000 miles apart.  Our articles today come from the investment community in both the United States and Australia.  Both are good, well thought out articles that deal with the world of death care in their own countries. I’ve always been one to look at these type of articles which deal with the funeral business on a large scale and […]

Pure Cremation donates television airtime to hospice
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Pure Cremation donates television airtime to hospice

We were informed in this public relations article from Agility PR Solutions that the United Kingdom’s leading dedicated provider of direct cremations, Pure Cremation, has donated paid-up television air time to the Marie Curie’s organization.  One of Marie Curie’s non-profit endeavors is to provide end of life care. According to the release, “The end of life charity has seen its income streams decimated due to the cancellation of fundraising events across the UK.”  Esther Jackson, Marie Curie’s Marketing and Communications […]

SCI CEO Tom Ryan:  “We’re going to have some revenue pressures”
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SCI CEO Tom Ryan: “We’re going to have some revenue pressures”

Over the years I’ve often thought that the business of funeral and cremation care as a business is overlooked by those that teach or write of things happening in the business world.  It is not everyday that Forbes magazine does an in-depth article on our profession. Last week, Forbes featured an article that you can read here entitled, “How the pandemic is killing the death business.”  The article features an in-depth interview with Service Corporation International’s CEO Tom Ryan.  It […]

Yale University dormitory houses funeral directors
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Yale University dormitory houses funeral directors

On Wednesday I had the opportunity to be part of a live educational Zoom meeting that was part of the University of Minnesota Department of Mortuary Science distance learning.  Geared for students, this presentation was aimed at letting those in the funeral profession describe to students what conditions they, as funeral directors, were working under during the COVIC-19 pandemic. I don’t know what the students thought of the presentation, but this 40 year licensee learned a lot that he did […]

Lots of volunteer heroes in our profession right now
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Lots of volunteer heroes in our profession right now

This Funeral Director Daily article will  not do enough justice to the funeral director/mortician profession but it is an attempt to show how those in our profession are going well out of their way to help other funeral directors in need and to help humanity as a whole. In New York City there are only five cremation retorts.  The backlog to get a specific deceased body cremated can be a month long.  There are also burials that need to be […]

What about “Demand”?
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What about “Demand”?

On Monday at about the time that the stock market was closing for the day I happened to tune in to CNBC to see what had happened during the day in those markets.  All the talk was about oil prices as the talking heads were busy informing the world, that at this point in human history, we now have too much oil. Who would have ever thought that?  There were times not long ago where oil was priced at over […]

Revisiting Clive
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Revisiting Clive

When I was just getting going on writing an occasional blog article back in May 2017 – about three years to the day from today – I was fascinated with a young man from County Cork Ireland who grew up wanting to be a funeral director.  As it turned out, circumstances worked out so that at age 31 Clive Anderson became owner of a funeral home in Pelham, New York, that catered to those of Irish descent.  You can read […]

StoneMor:  “We’re solvent enough. . .”
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StoneMor: “We’re solvent enough. . .”

Most people in the death care profession know that StoneMor, Inc. has, for the last couple of years, been on what they term an “operational turnaround”.  The company, based just outside of Philadelphia, is said to be the second largest, next to Service Corporation International (SCI), death care company in North America.  The death care market is believed to be about $21 billion in annual revenues and StoneMor is believed to have about 1.5% of that market.  It is believed […]

Our colleagues and friends aiding the effort
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Our colleagues and friends aiding the effort

One of the great things in being part of the funeral, cremation, cemetery, and its supply business is that, as you work in it over time, you realize that it is a pretty small professional world and you get to know lots of people and lots of companies in the realm.  Also, you realize that whatever “it” is, we always seem to be in “it” together. Finally, you realize that one of the commonalities in the business is the propensity […]