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Spanish province backtracks on cremation ban of the obese
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Spanish province backtracks on cremation ban of the obese

Spain’s Valencia region backtracked on some proposed regulations concerning cremation last week.  The area had issued proposed regulations for human cremations as the practice is growing in demand in the area.  The governmental region had mentioned that they are concerned with, and want to curtail, emissions from incineration. You can read about these ideas here. One of the proposed rules had to do with a ban on the cremation of very obese bodies.  Originally, they chose to include this ban […]

The Revenue Drop
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The Revenue Drop

While I did not attend the recent National Funeral Director’s Association gathering in Salt Lake City, I recently visited with an attendee about the gathering.  One of the things that this veteran funeral director told me was that he cannot remember a time when so many traditional funeral home owners talked about revenue declines and the havoc they could lead to in the traditional industry. We all know what is causing revenue declines — it is the continued growth of […]

Jury Awards Mom in California Coroner Cremation Case
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Jury Awards Mom in California Coroner Cremation Case

You can read an article here from Sacramento’s CBS Local which explains a jury award just last Friday that amounted to $605,000 victory for the mother of an infant cremated without her expressed wishes. The Los Angeles County based case actually put the damages to the mother at $1.1 million but also said that the mother, Yvette Diaz was 45% negligent for what happened.  According to the article, Diaz gave birth in May 2016 and the child died the next […]

Being Careful with Cremation
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Being Careful with Cremation

With cremation as a choice of disposition gaining acceptance and practice across the United States it stands to reason that funeral homes and crematory operators don’t just get into “a routine” without checking all of the boxes prior to the actual cremation.  Since cremation is irreversible, it behooves us as a profession to get it done right. . . every time. When we installed a crematory into our funeral home in 2006 I put into place a cremation checklist which […]

Cremation growing in France
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Cremation growing in France

It is always interesting to see what is happening in the death care profession around the world.  We recently came across this article from the Connexion with news from France that indicates the growing trend of cremation is also occurring in that country. According to that article 63% of the people asked in 2018 said that they would choose cremation over burial.  That is up from 51% just three years ago. In an increase similar to what we have seen […]

Does Pure Cremation Have it Right?
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Does Pure Cremation Have it Right?

According to an article from the United Kingdom’s Telegraph which you can read here, funeral director Catherine Powell encountered a family a few years ago that explicitly said all they wanted was a cremation with the ashes returned to them.  Nothing more.  Powell complied and the customer was very pleased. Powell remembers thinking that if that family wanted it that way, maybe more families do, but don’t know it.  Powell’s funeral home tested out the concept by offering their simple […]

An Idea for Cremation Pricing
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An Idea for Cremation Pricing

Yesterday we published an article dealing with the on going price wars for “Simple” cremation in the United Kingdom.  It made me wonder about the different pricing methods used by full service funeral establishments in dealing with their cremation clients. For the sake of our discussion, in this article, we are dealing with those full service funeral homes outside of the large metropolitan area that don’t directly have to deal with the price sensitivity of low cost direct cremation because […]

Cremation Monday
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Cremation Monday

If you are or have been in the death care business for any length of time you can relate to all the talk about the popularity of cremation gaining in the last twenty years and at an incredible pace for the past 5-7 years.  All of us know of the issues that lower revenue per case, particularly from direct cremation as compared to earth burial, are causing in the funeral industry. This weekend, however, when I was looking for material […]

Extrapolating the Trends
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Extrapolating the Trends

In the last couple of days I have read articles from different areas of the United States pertaining to the establishment of “Green Cemeteries” in those locales.  The first you can read here and comes from the southern portion of Illinois and concerns the City of Carbondale turning a city cemetery over to the option of green burials.  The proposal includes potential wording where the containment of the body must be done in a nontoxic, biodegradable container.  This would exclude […]

Thinking of adding a Crematory?
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Thinking of adding a Crematory?

Over thirty-five years as an owner operator of a community funeral home I made hundreds of business decisions.  Some were easy, some were hard, some worked out, some didn’t.  The one common denominator is that I did my research and thought that I was doing the right thing to either help the community or gain financially — and the best decisions were those that satisfied both of those criteria. One of the best decisions I made was in 2005, to […]