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Great Britain funeral directors fight family ban at cremations
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Great Britain funeral directors fight family ban at cremations

According to this article in the Examiner Live from the United Kingdom, British funeral directors from the West Yorkshire area, that area administrated by the Kirklees Council, are disappointed that the Kirklees Council has taken a position that no mourners may be present at the crematorium for services of a loved one. The article states, that at least according to the date of the article this past weekend, that the (British) National Funeral Directors Association says COVID-19 instructions from Public […]

COVID-19 and funeral homes:  Where are we. . .where are we going
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COVID-19 and funeral homes: Where are we. . .where are we going

The other day I received a phone call from a national writer doing a story on how the COVID-19 pandemic is and will affect funeral homes now and into the future.  I shared some of my thoughts and I don’t know if that reporter will use them or not, but I thought I would recount my views and let the readers of Funeral Director Daily know my perspective. First of all, you all know that a lot is still up […]

Foundation Partners ready for surge
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Foundation Partners ready for surge

In this press release that we found on the PR Newswire, funeral home operator Foundation Partners Group has announced that it is ready to serve America during the potential surge wave of COVID-19 across the country.  Quoting from the release, “Foundation Partners Group , operator of more than 135 funeral homes, cremation centers and cemeteries across the U.S., is prepared with the experience, resources, and technology to safely care for grieving families during this unprecedented outbreak. The following is a […]

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 […]