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The “High End” memorial spectrum
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The “High End” memorial spectrum

When you enter the business world you have the option of who you want to entice as a customer of your business.  Think of the dining out category of businesses and you can easily see the different business models that owners use in trying to make a profit.  There is the McDonald’s or Taco Bell model that pushes out tons of food at relatively low prices, with little hospitality, to draw in the masses.  That is one model to make […]

The exhumation of Public Enemy #1
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The exhumation of Public Enemy #1

Getting an exhumation, once you have the proper paperwork in order would not seem like such a big deal.  As a funeral director I have supervised about a dozen of them over the years.  I never really liked them. . . all were done to simply move the vault from one cemetery to another or within the same cemetery.  None involved removing the deceased from the casket. . . only moving the entire vault, with casket inside, from one grave […]

Arizona city to sell cemetery
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Arizona city to sell cemetery

This is an interesting news story because it seems so many times we have published stories about cemeteries asking to be taken over by cities or other municipal agencies because they could no longer make a profit.  We noticed this story, that you can read here, about the City of Glendale, Arizona, planning to sell their city owned cemetery to a private company. The cemetery in question is the Glendale City Cemetery and it was established by three churches over […]

Cornell University donates to Ithaca City Cemetery
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Cornell University donates to Ithaca City Cemetery

At Funeral Director Daily we have harped continuously about some of the problems plaguing many cemeteries in this day of fewer casketed interments and less top-line revenue coming into the cemetery coffers.  We’ve pointed out that at some point in the not so distant future many cemeteries will not be able to afford their own upkeep. In Ithaca, New York, the city owned Ithaca City Cemetery has been fortunate to find a benefactor to the cemetery.  In this article from […]

Cemeteries — merge to survive?
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Cemeteries — merge to survive?

An article in Pennsylvania’s Morning Call that you can read here gave an indication that two historical and prominent cemeteries in Easton, Pennsylvania, are on the verge of merging together to save costs, simply to survive economic hardships. Easton Cemetery, a 90 acre cemetery that has been open for 170 years and Easton Heights Cemetery, an adjacent cemetery that has been in operation since 1891, have discussed a merger for over a year.  The reality will come to a vote […]

Better Place Forests. . . a new wave of memorialization
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Better Place Forests. . . a new wave of memorialization

It seems like this medium is many times writing about the need for more permanent memorialization options to be available for our death care consumers.  It also seems like we spend a lot of time writing about new start-ups in the death care profession that are hoping to catch the new wave of consumer thinking.  Today, we are going to tell you about one new venture that we believe checks both of those boxes.  The venture is Better Place Forests.  […]

Gilbert, Arizona to get its first cemetery
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Gilbert, Arizona to get its first cemetery

To those of us who live in storied towns and communities that have been around since the before the Revolutionary War in the East and the westward land rush in the Midwest the title of this article may seem odd.  Historical communities have cemeteries. . . even cemeteries that are filled with no more space for interments. However, the community of Gilbert, Arizona, used to be a small farming community back in 1980, but has grown 3500% since then and […]

Cemetery trends continue
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Cemetery trends continue

One of the things that we have noticed in our two years of searching for articles on the funeral and cemetery professions is that there seems to be no shortage of articles about cemeteries which have been around for a long time but are now, for the first time, experiencing numbing financial stress.  We bring you this article and news video from NBC Los Angeles today that tells that same story about a 112 year old cemetery in Long Beach, […]

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 […]