Tag: cemeteries

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 […]

The future of StoneMor
Finance

The future of StoneMor

As we mentioned in yesterday’s Funeral Director Daily, the earnings season is upon us for public companies to report their operating results for the 3 months ended September 30, 2019.  On November 7 we know that  cemetery and funeral home owner and operator StoneMor Partners LP will give us those numbers and do know that a lot of people in the industry are looking for those numbers to see if the company is moving in the right direction in their […]

Carriage Services announces Buffalo, New York acquisition
Finance

Carriage Services announces Buffalo, New York acquisition

Carriage Services, the public company death care consolidator and operator based out of Houston, Texas, announced last week that they had made a major acquisition in the Buffalo, New York, market.  In this press release you can read from Yahoo Finance, the company announced that they had acquired the four locations of the Lombardo Funeral Homes in the Buffalo market. According to the release, the firm is a 3rd generation firm, operated since 1984 by Joseph P. Lombardo, the grandson […]

California, wildfires, and funeral home generators
Business

California, wildfires, and funeral home generators

Many of you know that I live in west central Minnesota in a small community virtually equidistant between Minneapolis and Fargo, North Dakota.  Our area, over the years has had some powerful and destructive tornadoes, but they are quick and generally affect only a small destructive path.  If you happen to be in that 2-5 mile path where the tornado touches down, that is not good, but as I said, the path is small compared to the total area.  i.e. […]

Park Lawn reports Q2 results
Finance

Park Lawn reports Q2 results

Park Lawn Corporation (PLC), the Toronto based consolidator and operator of funeral homes and cemeteries reported their financial results for the 2nd Quarter of 2019, the period that ended June 30, 2019, yesterday.  You can see a short synopsis of the results in this press release. Park Lawn’s CEO Andrew Clark is quoted in the release, “PLC delivered strong per share growth for our shareholders through solid operating results for the first half of 2019.  PLC continues the successful execution […]

Cornell University donates to Ithaca City Cemetery
Cemetery

Cornell University donates to Ithaca City Cemetery

At Funeral Director Daily we have harped continuously about some of the problems plaguing many cemeteries in this day of fewer casketed interments and less top-line revenue coming into the cemetery coffers.  We’ve pointed out that at some point in the not so distant future many cemeteries will not be able to afford their own upkeep. In Ithaca, New York, the city owned Ithaca City Cemetery has been fortunate to find a benefactor to the cemetery.  In this article from […]