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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 […]

The humanization of pets
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The humanization of pets

2019 is soon coming to a close and I’ve thought about what has this year taught me in relation to the death care industry.  There has been mergers and acquisitions, there has been the legalization of recomposition, there has been the continued growth of the alkaline hydrolysis business and more.  However, one of the items that has really stood out to me, and one where I see incredible growth potential through existing death care operators is that of the “Humanization […]

Don’t get discouraged
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Don’t get discouraged

I operated a small town funeral home for about 35 years.  Every year I completed budgets and put expectations on the number of death calls the firm would do as well as predicted our market share in the community.  I was tough with myself. . . .I had high expectations.  Fortunately, I operated in a growing community and over time was able to build considerable call numbers and market share.  We took a moment to celebrate and then went about […]

Recompose sets sights on Colorado
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Recompose sets sights on Colorado

Recompose, the public benefits corporation that is moving the process of recomposition (human composting) into the commercial realm recently held a forum at the Feldman Mortuary in Denver, Colorado.  The forum was used to introduce the idea of recomposition to the Colorado market and also to announce that two Colorado legislators plan to introduce a bill in the next assembly that would legalize the process in the state. According to this article and news story from Channel 4 – CBS […]

Making Aftercare work for you
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Making Aftercare work for you

When you are the owner of a funeral home you have to have a plan for marketing the business.  Most funeral director proprietors think about their advertising, their on-line presence, and their pre-arrangement program as a way to market.  What many don’t think about, however, is that the services they provide after the funeral to the client families should be an area given great consideration in that it can help build future clientele.  We’ve come to call this area of […]

It’s about demographics
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It’s about demographics

In the last couple of years it seems that we have seen no slow down in the marketplace for the acquisition of large family owned metropolitan death care businesses by the public company, venture backed, or equity partner backed large scale operators in the business.  You need think no farther back then last weeks announcement of the acquisition of Fairfax Memorial Park and Funeral Home in the Greater Washington, DC market or of the competition to purchase operations like Horan […]