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Contrasting Forces:  Landmark Preservation vs. Redevelopment
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Contrasting Forces: Landmark Preservation vs. Redevelopment

What to do with a funeral home that has “become outdated and closed due to a drop in demand?”  That is the question that seems to have an answer from most of us and, in particular, the owner in this case Service Corporation International (SCI).  I’m guessing that most of us would put the building on the market and see who might want to buy it for a redevelopment project. That is exactly what Service Corporation International thought of doing […]

SCI properties in the news
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SCI properties in the news

For the 30+ years that I operated our family owned funeral home I had to deal with a maximum of about 17 employees or teammates at work at any given time.  You got to know all of them real well and as the manager of a small firm you really understood what was happening under the roof. I contrast that with the fact that I now serve on the board of our state’s land grant university which has about 26,000 […]

DOJ files another brief in funeral home transgender case
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DOJ files another brief in funeral home transgender case

We learned yesterday that the Trump administration Department of Justice has filed another brief in support of the funeral home that will have its case on transgender discrimination heard by the Supreme Court this fall.  The case, which we highlighted in a Funeral Director Daily article that you can read here earlier this year, is scheduled to be heard by the country’s highest court beginning on October 8. As you may know, the basic facts of the case are that […]

Arrest made in Tulsa funeral home fire
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Arrest made in Tulsa funeral home fire

The Tulsa World reported in an article that you can read here that an arrest was made last Wednesday, July 31, in connection with a fire that destroyed the Dyer Memorial Chapel, then at 1610 East Apache Street in Tulsa, in 2015.  According to the newspaper the suspect was booked into the Tulsa County Jail on charges of first-degree arson, endangering human life during an arson, and second-degree burglary. The newspaper also reported that two employees of the funeral home […]

Marijauna and your employees
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Marijauna and your employees

Marijuana still remains a Schedule 1 drug under the federal Controlled Substance Act.  However, many states have approved the medical use of marijuana.  So, what does that mean to you as an employer or you as an employee? In most instances courts will back the federal law.  However, some states have started to back employees who are under prescription, taking marijuana.  So, where do we go from here? In this recent opinion article from the Press of Atlantic City we […]

Cemeteries, Crematories, and their issues
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Cemeteries, Crematories, and their issues

Just about every day when we peruse articles to opine on we can find articles that pertain to cemeteries and crematories and the problems they seem to cause to just everyday people.  You might argue that some of these issues are pretty petty and could be easily fixed, however, to the consumers they bother they are big issues. When these types of issues happened to us, which fortunately was not very often, we always tried to reason with the customer […]

The alarming trend of county paid funerals
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The alarming trend of county paid funerals

As America is gearing up for its 2020 elections we hear a lot of campaign rhetoric about the haves and the have nots.  One of the statistics that you hear is that of a Federal Reserve survey that contends that 40% of U.S. adults said they couldn’t easily cover an unplanned expense of $400.  So, as funeral directors know, many deaths come at unplanned times when the families that they happen to are not financially ready to face the commitment […]

The veto of Viking funerals
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The veto of Viking funerals

Funeral Director Daily had kept you informed about what has become known as the “Jedi bill” in the state of Missouri this spring and summer.  The bill, proposed by State Senator Jason Holsman, a Democrat from Kansas City, would have allowed for outdoor cremations and supposedly made Missouri a mecca for so-called “Viking or Jedi funerals”. As we have told you, the bill breezed through the state’s House and Senate this year with other end-of-life issues.  However,  last week Missouri […]

Funeral homes and real estate
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Funeral homes and real estate

Today we bring you two articles about funeral homes and real estate that have been in the news lately.  We have written many times about zoning issues for funeral homes, crematories, and cemeteries, but today one of the articles actually tells of a funeral home that residents do not want to see demolished and the second article tells of a funeral home getting a zoning permit where it had been denied one before. The first article and news video which […]

100 years of creating monuments, the Supreme Court, and more on Sunset Mesa
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100 years of creating monuments, the Supreme Court, and more on Sunset Mesa

From time to time we like to feature businesses who for some reason or other have an interesting story to tell.  Today, we bring you the story of the Shafer Monument Company of Mitchell, South Dakota. As we move into the 2nd half of 2019 the Shafer family is celebrating their 100th year of business.  A business where they create monuments for individuals laid to rest in cemeteries.  The family is in their 5th and 6th generation of monument creators […]