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Are we failing our families?

This is a really difficult topic, but one that needs to be thought about.  This article, entitled “Lack of collective mourning shows way pandemic has altered grief“, appeared in Sunday’s Minneapolis Star Tribune.  It is thought provoking and gets to the essence of why modern funeral directors exist — to care for the living. It is a difficult subject and one that is hard to throw any blame at the death care industry because we are only following the rules […]

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What kind of funeral service education do we want?

I came across this article from Scoop of New Zealand entitled, “Collaboration to benefit funeral services industry“.  The details of the article go on to tell how different educational institutes in New Zealand are collaborating to develop programs of study for the funeral services industry. For instance, Open Polytechnic “will develop the educational resources, deliver the course and once approved (by the authorities), award the qualifications”.  Auckland Institute of Studies will “connect the delivery of the programs with faciilites that […]

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Lawsuit against Park Lawn affiliate

Last week Funeral Director Daily learned about a lawsuit against a Park Lawn affiliate cemetery from this article.  The article contends that the American Moslem Society (AMS) of Dearborn, Michigan, has filed a lawsuit alleging an attempt by Woodmere Cemetery to breach its contract with the mosque. According to the article, AMS has purchased more than $5 million worth of graves and burial services over the last two decades. AMS now alleges that a contract that was signed in 2017 […]

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FTC Funeral Rule comment period ends. . . what’s next?

The Federal Trade Commissions (FTC) “Funeral Rule” is up for review this summer and the comment period for public opinion into the rule ended on Monday.  So, now that that period is over. . what comes next? First, a little review on the Funeral Rule.  According to the Federal Register of the Federal Trace Commission and its reasoning for the review, that you can see here, the FTC issued the Funeral Rule in 1982 and it became fully effective on […]

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Supreme Court rules in “landmark” civil rights case partly stemming from funeral home employment issue

On Monday the United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in a case that was partly brought to that court from a Michigan funeral home lawsuit alleging discrimination in employment as it pertains to gay, lesbian, and transgender people. Here is what an article from Real Clear Politics (RCP) says of this decision.  “The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a landmark civil rights law protects gay, lesbian and transgender people from discrimination in employment, a resounding victory for LGBT rights […]

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News funeral professionals can use

In our continuing efforts to keep death care professionals up to date on information available to the profession we pass these items along to you.  Please feel free to share with colleagues and others in the industry. Webinar:  NFDA Town Hall.  This informational webinar is brought to us by the National Funeral Directors Association.  Its two-fold purpose is to introduce NFDA members to five funeral industry colleagues who are at large board candidates for NFDA board positions.  Secondly, NFDA Counsel […]

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How COVID-19 death care can affect the economy in many ways

Today (which is Tuesday-as I usually write these columns a day ahead of time) in Minnesota is a warm, humid morning with threats of rain.  I usually take a run every morning and because of the weather I did so indoors on the treadmill while flashing the television between CNBC and Fox News. The television stations were telling of what looked like a pre-market rally in stocks and also were consumed with the opening of the American economy over the […]

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A Memorial Day like no other

Monday will bring Memorial Day to those of us in the United States.  It is a day like none other.  Not only does it serve as the weekend when summer begins, but it ultimately is the day all Americans should solemnly, sometime during the day, ponder and give thanks to all who were willing to serve in our country’s armed forces and be ready to give their life for the values that America stands for. Today’s holiday is born out […]

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Michigan bill seeks to expand licensing requirements for funeral directors

According to the Mackinac Center for Public Policy a bill has been introduced in the Michigan Legislature that would expand licensing requirements for funeral home directors.  The bill, House Bill 4437, is sponsored by Rep. Rodney Wakeman R-Saginaw Township and would require anyone practicing mortuary science to get a bachelor’s degree from select universities and pass state and federal exams.  It would also require ongoing continuing education requirements for the first time and make it more difficult for someone with […]

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Plaintiff in funeral home discrimination suit dies this week

We learned earlier this week and it was reported in this USA Today article that states in part, “Aimee Stephens, a transgender Michigan woman whose case questioning whether federal law protected transgender individuals from job discrimination became the first of its kind to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court died Tuesday.  She was 59.” Her case, Harris Funeral Homes v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, was heard by the United States Supreme Court in October 2019 and the decision by […]