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Trouble. . . or maybe. . .compromise in Paradise
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Trouble. . . or maybe. . .compromise in Paradise

The Hawaiian Memorial Park opened in 1958, one year prior to Hawaii joining the country as the 50th State.  The cemetery located out in Kaneohe on the eastern, or windward side of the island, was probably way out in the country and zoning issues were far from people’s minds.  More land was bought in 1982 and the business was bought by Service Corporation International (SCI) in 1999. According to this article from KITV of Hawaii, in 2009 SCI was stopped […]

With space issues looming, Army proposes new rules for eligibility at Arlington
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With space issues looming, Army proposes new rules for eligibility at Arlington

According to this article from the Washington Post, new rules are being proposed on who can be buried at Arlington National Cemetery because of space issues.  In the article, Karen Durham-Aguilera, the cemetery’s executive director states, “Our reality is that we are running out of space.  Without any changes in eligibility we will be full for first burials by the year 2041.  To be able to keep Arlington National Cemetery open and active well into the future. . .we’re going […]

How to pay for failing cemeteries? — This county thinks it can pass a property tax
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How to pay for failing cemeteries? — This county thinks it can pass a property tax

This is not the first time that we have discussed the issue of neglected, abandoned, or just plain financially failing cemeteries on this forum.  However, this might be the first time where a county is to the point where they may bring the issue to the voters in order to create a dedicated funding stream for such. According to this article from the California Mountain Democrat, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors recently voted 4-1 to move forward and […]

Maine veterans’ cemetery going green
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Maine veterans’ cemetery going green

A project set to begin this fall for 554 pre-placed crypts at the Southern Maine Veterans’ Cemetery will also include 234 “green burial” graves that will be created.  According to this article from the Journal Times, cemetery superintendent Scott Brown commented that, “It will be the first state (veterans) cemetery in the nation to have this.”  The article went on to mention that three national veterans cemeteries are also preparing to have this option — in Colorado, New York, and […]

A reminder about the National Cemetery Administration
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A reminder about the National Cemetery Administration

Like most funeral directors, those of us at Funeral Director Daily believe it is our sacred duty to serve the military veterans of our country with honor and dignity.  Because of that fact, we wanted to make sure that all funeral directors are aware that the National Cemetery Scheduling Office (NCSO) began the conversion to the Memorial Benefits Management System (MBMS) yesterday (9/17/2019) Over the next few months all cemetery schedulers will be transitioned over to the MBMS system.  The […]

Dillinger may not be exhumed after all
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Dillinger may not be exhumed after all

Last month we brought you this story that pertained to the exhumation of a legendary bank robber who was at one time known as “Public Enemy #1”.  We refer to the life and death of John Dillinger and his eventual burial at the Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis, Indiana. We told you last month that relatives of Mr. Dillinger have reason to believe and have signed an affidavit that cites, “that they have evidence the person shot at the Biograph […]

National Cemetery Administration receives top honor
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National Cemetery Administration receives top honor

Three years ago the National Cemetery Administration (NCA) that administers the veteran cemeteries across our nation and care for the hallowed land where our military veterans rest, received a score of 96 in the American Customer Satisfaction Index (AMSI).  Obviously, that is a very high level on the 1-100 ACSI scale. However, the NCA was just notified, as you can see in this letter to its partners and friends, that their Customer Satisfaction index score in 2019 was 97 — […]

Grave robbery. . . the 21st century way
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Grave robbery. . . the 21st century way

“Members of a nonprofit Queens cemetery board plundered its coffers and made off with money meant to keep the burial grounds running” according to a suit filed by the New York Attorney General. . . . is how this article from the New York Post begins. According to the article the suit goes on to claim that several current and former board members of the Lutheran All Faiths Cemetery – which is a non-profit cemetery located in Queens, New York […]

Labor strife in California cemetery
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Labor strife in California cemetery

I find it somewhat uncanny and unusual timing but, on the day after we celebrated Labor Day, we are bringing you this article from the the San Mateo (California) Daily Journal that pertains to a strike of cemetery workers at the Skylawn Memorial Park in that city.  Over the last year we have brought you articles that pertain to cemeteries and the struggles that some of them have on the revenue side.  And, we have brought you issues on staffing, […]

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 […]