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Good Samaritans still abound
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Good Samaritans still abound

We’ve advocated that one of the issues that funeral homes have to overcome to continue to serve the needs of families in need is to emphasize the fact the “Permanent Memorialization” matters.  By that we mean that cremated remains cannot just be left in a closet or left at the funeral home unclaimed.  They need to have a final resting place so the lives of those people can be remembered. Susan Cunningham is a Galesburg, Illinois, hospice nurse who realized […]

It’s not over til the star sings
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It’s not over til the star sings

The headline is not exactly what they say about the opera, but in these politically correct times, you understand what I am saying.  I’ll admit that I am pretty ignorant about the world of opera, but this week, if you have ever worked in the funeral or cemetery profession you would be interested in where Henry Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas” is playing. For four performances this week Purcell’s opera will be staged in the catacombs of the historic Green-Wood Cemetery […]

Past Lives Matter
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Past Lives Matter

“Past Lives Matter” is but one of dozens of signs that were placed in the Rest Haven Cemetery in Avon, Ohio, this past weekend.  You can read about and see a news video here of the issues with that cemetery that have family members of people buried there upset. The cause that is upsetting relatives is the fact that the cemetery continues to flood putting headstones underwater and causing other problems at the StoneMor Partners owned property.  Disgruntled family members […]

Snakes on a plane. . . .and in a cemetery
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Snakes on a plane. . . .and in a cemetery

We bring you this article and video about the Charles Baber Cemetery in Pottsville, Pennsylvania.  We bring it to you simply because it is so unusual. The article is about an 8-foot, non-venomous black snake that has apparently taken up residence in the cemetery.  It appears to live in some of the walls of the cemetery where workers have had it by the tail but not been able to pull it out to eradicate if from the cemetery.  One of […]

President Trump visits Arlington National Cemetery
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President Trump visits Arlington National Cemetery

On Thursday, and in advance of Memorial Day, President and Mrs. Trump visited the hallowed land of Arlington National Cemetery.  You can read an article about the visit here.  The visit was held ahead of the traditional Memorial Day visit as today (Friday) the President will be leaving for Japan on our country’s business. Arlington National Cemetery is the resting place for over 400,000 who served in the United States military service. In my opinion, the President’s annual pilgrimage to […]

Ok. . .Goat yoga. . .that is something new to me
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Ok. . .Goat yoga. . .that is something new to me

I understand that the cost of labor can rise and get prohibitively high.  It is for that reason that creative managers look for ways to lower their costs of doing business.  Funeral Director Daily did an article last year about the Laura Grove North Cemetery in Savannah, Georgia, that was doing a pilot program for lawn maintenance using what was termed as “Goatscaping”.  This pilot program consisted of renting 53 goats that were allowed to roam the cemetery to maintain […]

Looking back to the men who rode
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Looking back to the men who rode

I’m a life-long Lutheran and have attended the same church since I was born.  As a matter of fact, my great-grandfather, where the roots for our funeral home business come from as he started out as a cabinet maker who then built coffins to order – is one of six men listed on the charter documents of that Lutheran church at its inception in 1877. I’m also a fairly conservative person who, over time got used to spending Sunday morning […]

New York cemetery moves caskets without notification, State investigating
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New York cemetery moves caskets without notification, State investigating

Today we bring you this story that broke earlier this week out of West Seneca, New York.  It deals with the movement of about 220 buried caskets from one part of a cemetery to another part of that same cemetery.  You can see a story and news video about this from WKBW of Buffalo here. From what we can tell, it appears that a portion of the bank along the Cayuga Creek, where the St. Matthews Cemetery sits, began to […]

Cemetery volunteers file lawsuit against billboard company
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Cemetery volunteers file lawsuit against billboard company

Washington Park Cemetery sits in suburban St. Louis, Missouri.  It is a cemetery that opened in 1920 and has not accepted new burials for almost three decades according to this article in the San Francisco Chronicle. Wanda Brandon is among a group of volunteers who tend to the cemetery.  She has filed a lawsuit against DDI Media of St. Louis to remove the six lighted billboards that stand on metal poles above the cemetery along Interstate 70. According to the […]

An unsung hero in the funeral trade
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An unsung hero in the funeral trade

One of the great things about being retired and not working everyday is the time that I have to do things.  One of the things I do is mentor young business people — some where I have an investment in the company. . . and some where I just give advice when I am asked. One of the things that I tell aspiring young business people is that even if you have invented a great widget or have a service […]