Tag: cemetery

Do the Diligence. . . a cautionary tale
Business Preneed Regulations

Do the Diligence. . . a cautionary tale

Even before Robert Waltrip bought that second location in Houston in the early 1960’s there were lots of funeral homes that changed hands.  And, I’m guessing that over the years about 99% of those business transactions, especially the transferring of a funeral home to a new owner in a small community, went off without a hitch. Today, however, there are a lot more items to consider in a purchase/sale agreement so it is really smart to have good representation when […]

An “Above and Beyond” funeral director
Business

An “Above and Beyond” funeral director

Glen Davis drove school bus in his small Minnesota community for 55 years.  Starting in 1949 he was still driving and finally retired in 2005.  By that time he was driving the grandchildren of those school children he had driven in 1949. And, Glen Davis was like a lot of people small town funeral directors get to know.  Whenever they see their friend the funeral director they say something like, “When I die. . . . . .”  For Davis, […]

“Honored to be asked to Share”
Products

“Honored to be asked to Share”

Many of you who work in the death care business may know Jim Price.  Jim comes from a funeral service family and has worked full-time in the death care space for almost 50 years.  I met Jim about 30 years ago at a funeral profession golf event and have seen him annually for almost each of those 30 years. Jim continues to work in the profession.  However, it is probably fair to say that he spends lots of volunteer time […]

It’s that time of the year
Regulations

It’s that time of the year

In many states as we roll into the new year legislatures take seat and the business of the state gets going for the next six months or so.  And, it is no different in 2020 as we start to learn of some of the bills that have been introduced which may affect funeral service. We have recently heard of a couple of bills introduced in different states that might affect the way funeral homes and cemeteries do business should they […]

Park Lawn CEO Andrew Clark announces departure
Finance

Park Lawn CEO Andrew Clark announces departure

Members of the death care media were informed yesterday via press release that the CEO and Chairman of Toronto based Park Lawn Corporation (PLC), Andrew Clark, would be stepping down as Chairman and CEO of the company.  You can read the press release here. The release quoted Clark as saying, “It has been a tremendous privilege to lead PLC and build a strong and highly capable management team over the last eight years.  I am grateful to have led a […]

SCI reports 4th Qtr and Year End numbers
Finance

SCI reports 4th Qtr and Year End numbers

Even though yesterday was the President’s Day holiday and the markets were closed across America, Service Corporation International took the opportunity to report their financial numbers for the 4th Quarter of 2019 and also for the Year End 2019.  We will just report some of the numbers today and after we have a chance to digest the company’s conference call with brokers we will add more commentary. Here is a report from SCI on 4Q 2019 and Year End 2019. […]

Does a “One Hour Prior” visitation serve its purpose?
Business

Does a “One Hour Prior” visitation serve its purpose?

I attended a memorial service yesterday.  The format of the service has become pretty standard in our community.  The service was for a lady/wife/mother of which I know the husband to some extent.  I consider him a really nice guy and attended the service because I wanted to let him know that I care and not so much because I knew the deceased – because I did not to any great extent. When I heard of the death I noticed […]

Dollars and Sense — The great debate over online pricing
Business Regulations

Dollars and Sense — The great debate over online pricing

I noticed last week that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will be seeking comment on whether to make changes to the Funeral Rule.  This is probably the least the FTC will do and there probably could be more to come.  In their notice, they mentioned areas of funeral services and pricing where they explicitly seek public comments.  The Funeral Rule as I talk in this article pertains to itemized price information and how it must be presented. One of those […]

This should never happen
Preneed

This should never happen

Chalk this incident up to “This should never happen” but it did.  In this article from the Bucks County Courier Times of Pennsylvania we learn of the tale of Richard Geisinger who died in 2013.  The article tells the story of how Mr. Geisinger, who had pre-arrangements for a casketed burial, was instead cremated and left unclaimed in the county morgue for six years. How did this happen?  Even though he had paid for a casket, bronze plaque, mausoleum crypt, […]

A co-op funeral home defying the odds
Business

A co-op funeral home defying the odds

Co-operative businesses were once very common place in America.  Especially in rural, agricultural America where co-operatives came together with dairy farmers banding together to produce milk products such as cheese and cream for the member farmers, or for area residents to co-operate to bring electricity to far flung farms, or for a mutual benefit society to co-operate with premium payments pooling to guard against a home or farm fire of one of the members. In the death care business, even […]