Tag: cemeteries

Will this current challenge change funeral service
Business Products

Will this current challenge change funeral service

Unlike many of you who are a lot younger than I am, I no longer am responsible for working day after day and am no longer responsible for making the everyday decisions of businesses that I was in charge of in the past.  What that really means right now is that while I salute you for what you are doing in the workplace and for your community I am “sheltering in place” and basically watching the snow melt outside my […]

Carriage Services’ Mel Payne “We went big, we went bold, we went long term”
Finance

Carriage Services’ Mel Payne “We went big, we went bold, we went long term”

We reported back in February on Carriage Services’ 2019 4th Quarter and their 2019 year end report.  We told you at that time we would be listening for their Earnings Call and would eventually report on that as well.  You can access the entire earnings call from this web page.  Here are some interesting comments from Carriage Services executives that we bring to you: From William W. Goetz, the newly hired President and Chief Operating Officer of Carriage Services on […]

Human composting bill introduced in New York
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 […]

TGIF – It’s been quite a week!!
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 […]

Cemetery upkeep, price changes, and use
Cemetery

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 […]

Cape Town appeals for cremations
Cemetery Cremation

Cape Town appeals for cremations

On Monday we brought you an article featuring the Church of Greece telling its parishioners that they would be denied a church service if they choose cremation over the long traditional custom of earth burial.  Today, we bring you this article which deals with the topic of the City of Cape Town, South Africa, appealing for its residents to choose cremation over the traditional earth burial custom. As you might expect, the Cape Town appeal comes from a virtual lack […]

InvoCare accused of billing irregularities
Business

InvoCare accused of billing irregularities

  Australia’s largest purveyor of death care services, InvoCare, has been accused by some of irregularities in the way that it handles its invoicing.  According to this article from Choice.com,  InvoCare routinely includes a $320, plus taxes, “administration fee” on invoices. Again, according to the Choice.com article, the administration fee functions somewhat as a “late fee”.  For instance, if you pay the invoice in full within 21 days you can then deduct the administration fee.  However, when you pay the […]

Decision overturned. . .golf course to become cemetery
Cemetery

Decision overturned. . .golf course to become cemetery

The Ontario Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) met in October and reversed a decision made more than a year ago about a closed golf course in Lakeshore, Ontario.  According to this article from the CBC, the Roman Catholic Diocese of London (Ontario) appealed an earlier decision that will allow it to turn the 143 acre former Hydeaway Golf Course into a Diocese cemetery. Pat Simone, the general manager of the Diocese cemetery mentioned that the cemetery will not be fully […]

American Entrepreneurship. . . funeral homes are a big part of it
Business

American Entrepreneurship. . . funeral homes are a big part of it

Monday morning I received a call from a lady I know who works tirelessly with the community’s Junior Achievement organization.  She mentioned that they were looking for some new board members and she wondered if I would be interested in serving. My first thought was, “I don’t need more board positions”.  I’ve served on a lot in my small community over the years and now serve as the Chairman of a non-profit Home Care and Hospice Company, serve on the […]

StoneMor Partners reports 3rd Quarter
Finance

StoneMor Partners reports 3rd Quarter

StoneMor Partners L.P. reported their 3rd Quarter and 9-month 2019 numbers last week and with it showed significant progress in their attempt at a transformational turnaround of the company.  In brief, StoneMor reported that revenues are stabilizing, that they are cutting recurring expenses, and that they have made progress on a divestiture process that will, more than likely, make their company smaller and more focused. You can see a copy of the report here. From the operations side of the […]