Tag: cemetery

Keeping the business flowing
Business Cemetery Products

Keeping the business flowing

I love the idea of “American ingenuity”.  To me it means the thought process that is developed to keep things moving ahead even when the system to do so has been upended.  And, around the world this Spring, the system has truly been upended with the advent of the COVID-19 situation. However, if you are a small business, you have to figure out a way to keep the cash rolling in so that you can pay the bills.  Many small […]

Security National reports revenue up, income down in Q1 2020 results
Finance

Security National reports revenue up, income down in Q1 2020 results

Back on May 18,2020, Security National Financial Corporation (SNFC) reported its 1st Quarter 2020 results that encompassed the period from January 1, 2020 to March 31, 2020.  The results, which you can see in a press release here, showed that the company increased revenues in the period compared to the prior year’s revenue by 29.2% but after tax earnings dropped 26.2%.  Net earnings per share for the quarter were $0.08 as compared to the 2019 1st Quarter net earnings of […]

News funeral professionals can use
Regulations

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 […]

Survey says funeral trends changing
Business

Survey says funeral trends changing

Cision PR Newswire published the results of the Foresight Companies 2020 Funeral and Cemetery Behavior Study on Wednesday.  You can see the Cision article here.  In it they mention that this survey was based on 2,548 respondents “drawn from a nationally representative panel sample of U.S. residents.” Chris Cruger, Partner and Chief Operation Officer at the Foresight Companies was quoted, “The resulting business implications the study points to are colossal – especially for a sector largely unchanged for decades.  How […]

COVID-19, funeral directors, and a viewpoint from one of our colleagues north of the border
Business

COVID-19, funeral directors, and a viewpoint from one of our colleagues north of the border

I recently came across this article from Toronto Life.  It is excellent . . . you should read it.  I found it heartwarming, compassionate, and sincere — it is about a funeral director and a funeral home trying to give care in the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s a quote from the article which I thought very appropriate, not only to this time, but could be relative to “normal” times in the funeral business as well.  “It’s a calling […]

The abstract memorialization trend
Cremation

The abstract memorialization trend

Today’s article may take a little thinking outside the box, but I think that there is some justification to thinking in the model that I will relate.  As a funeral director during the time period of 1980 and 2015 I, arguably served in the period that cremation made its upswing in American death culture. And, like most funeral directors of my generation, we saw this increasing trend, in general, as a movement away from the high costs of earth burial […]

Streaming and the new mourning
Products

Streaming and the new mourning

There is no doubt since the advent of COVID-19 that the funeral profession has had to become more technologically advanced.  And, in the practice of the “no large gathering” prohibition across the country we have turned to technology, such as funeral streaming, to allow more people to mourn the services of a loved one. The funeral profession also has a myriad of opinions on how live streaming these funeral, memorial, and graveside events may become common practice and some in […]

Pure Cremation donates television airtime to hospice
Business

Pure Cremation donates television airtime to hospice

We were informed in this public relations article from Agility PR Solutions that the United Kingdom’s leading dedicated provider of direct cremations, Pure Cremation, has donated paid-up television air time to the Marie Curie’s organization.  One of Marie Curie’s non-profit endeavors is to provide end of life care. According to the release, “The end of life charity has seen its income streams decimated due to the cancellation of fundraising events across the UK.”  Esther Jackson, Marie Curie’s Marketing and Communications […]

Necessity (or COVID-19) is the mother of inventions
Products

Necessity (or COVID-19) is the mother of inventions

The old saying is that “Necessity is the mother of inventions”.  I thought of that as I read a couple of articles in the last couple of days on how young entrepreneurs are working to make a name for themselves and build a business in the death care industry. There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic will change some of the things we do in funeral service and the ancillary professional services in cremation and the cemetery business permanently. […]

Seeking Alpha:  Death care stocks to benefit from pent up demand
Finance

Seeking Alpha: Death care stocks to benefit from pent up demand

Seeking Alpha published an opinion piece from writer Malvin Spooner on Saturday, April 18, which theorized that death care public companies Service Corporation International (SCI) and Carriage Services (CSV) will benefit from what Spooner characterized as “pent up demand”.  You can read the full article here. Spooner says that “the death care industry stocks have sold off with the rest of the market, and although revenues from services are being squeezed by social distancing, it is likely that funeral services […]