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Cold weather and the burial business
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Cold weather and the burial business

Angie and I returned from a couple of weeks hiatus to a warm weather climate on Saturday.  While we were gone, the polar vortex moved south into Minnesota where our community saw its coldest temperatures in about 20 years.  First off, I was glad to be gone during the time period, but secondly it reminded me of a time in Minnesota, and probably other frozen tundra states, where such things as “Spring burials”, as they were known, were common.  This […]

A little help for our Veterans
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A little help for our Veterans

Nothing earth shattering today, just a couple articles and information I noticed about America’s veterans and a notice from the Department of Veteran Affairs. One of the things we have written about on Funeral Director Daily is that with the growth of direct cremation there tends to be a few cremated remains that just never get picked up by family from your funeral home.  I’ve thought about this and I’ve came to the conclusion that sometimes people just don’t know […]

Making this Cemetery Great Again
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Making this Cemetery Great Again

Even though this is a real news story with real valid reasoning for two people doing what they are doing, I had to chuckle just a tad when the on scene reporter started his report by saying, “These two guys are making this cemetery great again”. Regardless of your political persuasion, if you have not heard that same type of saying, sometimes emblazoned on a red hat, in the last couple of years, you have been living under a rock.  […]

Interesting Ohio Cemetery Court Case
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Interesting Ohio Cemetery Court Case

Last week the trial of Karen Neff, a caretaker with her husband Keith Dwayne Baratie, Sr, of the Belmont Memorial Park Cemetery in Belmont County, Ohio, began.  Neff’s husband, and co-defendent, will have a separate trial beginning on February 7.  The couple is charged with forgery, aggravated theft and securing by deception.  According to the article from the Times Leader online of Martin’s Ferry, Ohio that you can read here, they are alleged to have stolen almost $300,000. From my point […]

Trouble in Michigan Pet Cemetery
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Trouble in Michigan Pet Cemetery

In the 1970s the Heavenly Acres Pet Cemetery in Livingston County, Michigan, began selling burial lots, monuments, and markers, as well as interring deceased pets for clients.  Along with these charges, the cemetery collected fees for what was purposed to be perpetual care of the cemeteries. The cemetery has had some ups and downs since then but managed to continue operating for over 40 years.  However, according to this article from the Detroit News all that has stopped and lot […]

Toronto Cemeteries returned to Residents
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Toronto Cemeteries returned to Residents

Over the past couple of years we have written about cemeteries that get very little attention, are losing money, and are looking for someone to take them over.  Many times, they have passed simply by default to the government entity where the cemetery is located. Over the weekend we read an article that you can read here about a situation in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, that was, what I would refer to as almost the exact opposite situation.  It turns out […]

Tomorrow is Wreaths Across America Day
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Tomorrow is Wreaths Across America Day

One of my favorite days of December as we move into the Holiday Season is a day that I am proud to say that I am an American and a way that we all can have the chance to honor America and her hero dead.  It is Wreaths Across America day at National Cemeteries and some local cemeteries that also contribute to the honor. There is still time to volunteer to help lay the thousands of wreaths on the graves […]

A rural cemetery issue we are glad we don’t all have
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A rural cemetery issue we are glad we don’t all have

Yesterday we opined with an article that mentioned some of the problems that rural cemeteries had in finding the funds to continue to operate in light of the reduction in demand for earth burials and cemetery space. Since it is Friday we thought we would end the week by bringing you this video and print story of a problem that we hope is unique to this cemetery in Oklahoma. You can see and read about this cemetery and its problem […]

Big issues with Cemeteries
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Big issues with Cemeteries

One of the issues that I have seen growing bigger and bigger in just the last couple of years is how association owned cemeteries can continue to make budgets in the wake of the direct cremation with no burial environment. It seems to me that more and more articles are popping up from all over the country concerning neglected cemeteries that just don’t have the resources to operate in the wake of no longer selling many burial lots and performing […]

Remembering our Veterans for the Holidays
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Remembering our Veterans for the Holidays

This article and news story tells us that last week volunteers placed 8000 wreaths on the graves of deceased veterans at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, Texas.  We post it as just a great reminder to honor our veterans as we move into this holiday season. Related:  This story informs us about the annual Wreaths Across America trek with wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery.  The wreaths will leave Maine on December 8 and will be placed on […]