A funeral business advantage

During my high school summers I worked for a furniture store delivering furniture.  One of the things that I came to realize during that time was the concept of warranties and just how much it mattered in that business. The owner of the furniture store and the sales reps sold furniture not only with the factory warranty but also with their personal warranty that they would “stand behind the product”.  There were products that were defective and the store and […]


Cemetery clean up — Is there a perfect way to notify families?

We bring you this article from the Longview (TX) News Journal that deals with the clean up of two cemeteries in the city.  The cemeteries are both owned by Service Corporation International and the news article deals with some families dismay that they believe that they were not properly notified of the clean up. According to the article, family members are disappointed that memorabilia, as well as flowers and flags, were cleaned off of the grave sites and disposed of.  […]

Cemetery Regulations

Human composting bill introduced in New York

Last year the state of Washington became the first in the nation to legalize human disposition by human composting or recomposition, as it has been termed.  That law allows the process starting on May 1 of this year. Since that news broke we know of efforts in Colorado to move recomposition forward.  We also know of bills introduced into the legislature in California and now, according to this article, in New York. A prime sponsor of the New York legislation […]


Keeping up with Green cemeteries

While Funeral Director Daily has not written much on the subject lately, in today’s news feed we found two articles on the green burial movement that we thought we should pass on to our readers.  According to one of the articles, Green – or Natural burials – is said to consume 4% of the death care market place.  I’m not so sure that I have seen that high of a number, but I also have no proof to rebut it. […]


Cremation only cemetery being planned

The city of Amherst, New York, is proposing to build a “first of its kind’ memory garden in that community.  The cemetery, if built, proposes to be a cremation only cemetery with walking paths and gardens and would not allow standard headstones as seen in most cemeteries.  The idea has been proposed by the city to solve a unique issue involving the city owned Audubon Golf Course. It turns out, as you can read in this article, that the city […]

Cemetery Cremation Products

TGIF – It’s been quite a week!!

Let’s see. . . Super Bowl, State of the Union Speech, Impeachment Vote, my Minnesota Twins got involved in a blockbuster baseball trade, and my Minnesota Gophers beat arch-rival Wisconsin in basketball. . . it’s been quite a week to keep everything straight.  To end it for my Funeral Director Daily readers I will not bore you with a long business related article. . . but, will just provide you with some links on death care information that has been […]


Throwback Thursday — Cold weather and the burial business

Editor’s Note:  I happen to be on vacation this week.  And, when you are from Minnesota, you take vacation in a warm weather climate.  Just for a little throwback to last year at this time, I happened to be on my vacation from Minnesota when the Polar Vortex got stuck over the state.  And, I was glad to be gone.  However, the cold temperatures did remind me of what we used to call in Minnesota “Spring burials”.  Here’s last year’s […]

Cemetery Cremation

Columbarium conundrum

The realization that  57% of cremated remains are not accounted for by means whereas the deceased can be memorialized into the future has caused some church communities to wonder if their ministry can help address the needs of the community that would lower this number.  According to this article in the Rancho Santa Fe Review, 35% of cremated remains are buried at a cemetery and about 8% are placed in columbariums.  The remaining 57% are returned to the family or […]


Cemeteries and their problems

Over the last couple of years of writing the daily article for Funeral Director Daily one of my routines is to continuously search for information that might be of interest to those in the funeral, memorial, or what is now being called the “Death Care” space.  In doing so, I have came across many articles, and written about some of them, which deal with problems of cemeteries moving forward. In general, those problems stem from one of two areas.  Number […]


Cemetery upkeep, price changes, and use

As we close out this Christmas week we thought we would share with you some information on cemeteries that we noticed in the news this week. Our first news story and video comes to us from New Orleans and deals with the Lafayette Cemetery Number 1, which is being closed to visitors for the next six months to do maintenance to the cemetery.  The cemetery features above ground graves and tombs and over the years the vast amount of concrete […]