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Happy Thanksgiving Day
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Happy Thanksgiving Day

Happy Thanksgiving Day 2019 to all of our readers.  We hope that today brings you time with your family and loved ones.  Here is a Thanksgiving Prayer for funeral directors that was published in the New York State Funeral Directors online bulletin.  According to the NYSFD association, it was originally published in Iowa.

Funeral Director Daily readership keeps rising
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Funeral Director Daily readership keeps rising

Funeral Director Daily continues its rise as what is probably the fastest growing readership medium in the death care profession.  For the past six months, since April 2019, readership has grown 64% — or an average of 10.67% per month.  And, we believe that when statistics are in for November, Funeral Director Daily will be showing an even more rapid increase in readership. As a matter of fact, readership has grown an incredible 6 times what it was only two […]

The story of the CS Mackay-Bennett. . . the Titanic “morgue ship”
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The story of the CS Mackay-Bennett. . . the Titanic “morgue ship”

Virtually everyone knows the story of the RMS Titanic and its sinking in the north Atlantic Ocean late on the night of April 12, 1912.  Most of us even know the story of the RMS Carpathia, the rescue ship that arrived on the scene of the Titanic disaster in only about four hours and was able to load all 705 survivors onto the ship and steam for New York City. The RMS Titanic carried more than 2200 souls when the […]

The tender mercies of our people . . . .
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The tender mercies of our people . . . .

“Show me the manner in which a nation cares for its dead, and I will measure with mathematical exactness the tender mercies of its people, their respect for the laws of the land, and their loyalty to high ideals.”  That is a quote by Sir William Ewart Gladstone, the 4-term Prime Minister of 19th century England. That quote is seared in my soul as it it was placed in a prominent place in our funeral home during my growing up […]

Would you spend 30 hours in a coffin??
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Would you spend 30 hours in a coffin??

The headline for this article might seem bizarre, but that is exactly what the amusement park chain, Six Flags, is asking people to do next week.  The annual Six Flags 30-Hour Coffin Challenge is to take place at various parks starting this coming Sunday and Monday.  You can read about it in this article from the Burlington (NJ) County Times. According to the article the Six Flags 30-Hour Coffin Challenge started at the St. Louis, Missouri, park for its 30th […]

Finally. . .for the weekend. . . .
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Finally. . .for the weekend. . . .

Park Lawn Corporation Recognized – In a notice coming out of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Park Lawn Corporation was recognized by the Toronto Stock Exchange as a member of its inaugural TSX30.  The TSX30 is a new program designed to celebrate the 30 top-performing stocks over the last three years, based on dividend-adjusted share price appreciation. CEO Andrew Clark commented on the honor, “As we continue our growth both organically and through acquisition, we will remain focused n enhancing our product […]

Remembering 9-11 and our funeral director collegues
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Remembering 9-11 and our funeral director collegues

So today, September 11, 2019, marks the 18th anniversary of the 2001 terror attacks on America.  For those of us who are baby boomers, that day is seared in our memory as are the days of the President John F. Kennedy assassination, the day that astronaut Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, and the day of the space shuttle Challenger implosion.  I’m amazed that each of those days was simply a 24 hour period — yet each of those days […]

It’s Friday, the end of the summer, and we won’t bore you with our opinions
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It’s Friday, the end of the summer, and we won’t bore you with our opinions

It’s Friday, the end of the summer is approaching, Labor Day and pro football are just around the corner.  So, instead of boring you with editorial opinions on our part, we are just going to throw out three interesting articles for you to read and digest on your own.  Enjoy the read and enjoy the holiday weekend!! This article is about a new crematory being build in a community in the state of Washington.  The article delves into the process […]

Funeral home director says “Stop the Violence”
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Funeral home director says “Stop the Violence”

Even if you try to avoid it nowadays, it is hard not to notice the violence that is happening in America’s major cities.  It seems like every day or every week we hear some type of story of violence in one of those cities. Frank Savory is an experienced funeral director in Kansas City, Missouri, who knows it well.  As you can see in this story and news video from KCTV 5, he is tired of it.  Savory buried his […]

Thousands turn out for veteran’s memorial service
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Thousands turn out for veteran’s memorial service

Wayne Wilson was a Vietnam veteran who died at age 67 on May 28, 2019.  According to sources, Wilson died without any surviving family members.  It was that fact that led some of his friends to call out the community of Niles, Michigan to attend his memorial service last Wednesday in Niles. With the help of some publicity from Brown Funeral Home and Cremation Services, those friends had hoped for an additional 10-15 people from the community to show up […]