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What would you pay for a cemetery lot in Boston?
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What would you pay for a cemetery lot in Boston?

The other day an article was published in Boston Magazine with the title, “Boston’s other Housing Crisis:  The Cemeteries”.  It is a full length feature article that gets into the costs associated with being buried at cemeteries inside the city of Boston as well as the options for burial in suburban and farther rural areas of the Bay State.    You can read the article here. These city cemeteries can be profitable, but the limited space for earth burial in […]

Newspaper alleges Chicago Archdiocese uses cemetery funds to pay abuse costs
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Newspaper alleges Chicago Archdiocese uses cemetery funds to pay abuse costs

An article was published last weekend by the Chicago Sun-Times that questioned if money from the Archdiocese of Chicago cemetery operations was being diverted to pay down debt incurred because of priest misconduct cases.  You can read the article here. The Catholic Church in Chicago has for years said, according to the article,  that the money to pay these costs came from two sources:  loans and the sale of property.  However, the Sun-Times says that credible sources estimate that about […]

Funeral up for Auction
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Funeral up for Auction

“We’re going to auction off a funeral that has been donated”, said Dick Crooks, Superintendent of Center Ridge Cemetery in Sullivan, Indiana. Crooks calls his auction night, “Indian’s Most Unusual Auction”. That’s right — in an article and television news story that you can see here out of Indiana, the Center Ridge Cemetery will be holding an auction on April 14 as a fund raiser for the cemetery. According to Crooks, the 150 year old cemetery has need for funds […]

A canary in the coal mine
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A canary in the coal mine

Two readers sent me this article and news video from Minneapolis KARE 11 TV yesterday.  It concerns the 140 acre privately owned Crystal Lake Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Washburn-McReavy Funeral Home business owns 16 funeral homes in the Minneapolis metropolitan area and also a few cemeteries, of which Crystal Lake Cemetery is one. Earlier this week, owner Bill McReavy offered to give the historic Crystal Lake Cemetery to the City of Minneapolis.  McReavy said to the City Council, “We […]

Here is an idea for your cemetery to raise some revenue
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Here is an idea for your cemetery to raise some revenue

Back in the summer of 1991 I visited Europe and specifically, Germany, for the first time in my life.  There are a couple of things that I remember vividly from that experience.  First of all, I remember being served bottled water at dinner and then being charged for it.  Back home we were always afforded a “glass of water” with unlimited refills.  I can remember thinking, “This bottled water deal has got to be a money maker.  No one would […]

Decisions, decisions
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Decisions, decisions

America has always been a country that practiced representative democracy according to our constitution and that type of government has never been as apparent as when I noticed two articles dealing with decisions at cemeteries, or potential cemeteries, of differing governmental levels. The first article I noticed comes to us in an article you can read here from the White Mountain Independent Central News of Arizona.  It originally notes the positive vote to open another section of the Reed Hatch […]

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 […]