Tag: cremation

Illinois funeral director sentenced for preneed irregularities
Preneed Regulations

Illinois funeral director sentenced for preneed irregularities

We received a couple of articles out of Springfield, Illinois, today concerning a southern Illinois funeral director who has been sentenced to prison for his role in failing to deposit payments for preneed funeral services. You can read about the case in these articles from WGN Web and from KFVS 12.  According to the articles, in addition to a prison sentence a fine of $25,000 was also imposed as was restitution to the victims. Illinois State Comptroller Susan Mendoza is […]

StoneMor announces California combo sale
Finance

StoneMor announces California combo sale

We said almost two years ago that the best way for funeral home and cemetery operator StoneMor Partners L.P. to right their ship was to divest themselves of some properties and use the cash proceeds to pay down debt so that they can get to a position where they are operating in a financial positive manner. Yesterday they made an official announcement of what many of us expected to be coming.  StoneMor Partners L.P. announced the agreement to sell the […]

We’re not in Kansas anymore. . .or are we?
Cremation Products Regulations

We’re not in Kansas anymore. . .or are we?

Alkaline hydrolysis as a means of final disposition keeps growing in legality in states across the United States.  Recomposition, the act of human composting becomes legal in the State of Washington this year, and now it is probable that the State of Kansas will see a bill introduced into its legislature to legalize “promession” as another form of final disposition of a human remains. Promession as a process comes to us as the invention of Swedish biologist Susanne Wiigh-Masak.  Wiigh-Masak […]

Indiana funeral home increases community involvement
Business

Indiana funeral home increases community involvement

According to this article in the Kokomo (Indiana) Perspective, the Ellers Mortuary and Cremation Center was acquired by Service Corporation International in 2016.  Some feared that the acquisition would cause the Kokomo business, that had been in business since 1924, to lose its personal touch. However, according to General Manager Jaime Handy, “the acquisition has actually strengthened the company’s ties to the community”.  The funeral home has actually expanded the services it can offer to the community. Ellers Mortuary and […]

Cremation. . .Greek church opposition. . . a couple new products
Cremation Products

Cremation. . .Greek church opposition. . . a couple new products

We will start off our December writings going to the subject of cremation.  Over the long holiday weekend we noticed a couple of articles that we found interesting.  We will bring you some information from Greece and a couple of cremation products that have their origin in Japan. As you know, from this article that Funeral Director Daily brought you last month, the first crematoriums in Greece started operating just this year. This article from The Greek Reporter caught our […]

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 […]

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 […]

Matthews reports year end. . .Memorialization sales increase
Finance

Matthews reports year end. . .Memorialization sales increase

Matthews International reported their 4th Quarter and 2019 fiscal Year Sales last week.  The Pittsburgh based public company includes in its portfolio, as one of three business segments, a Memorialization unit that includes Matthews Cremation, Aurora Casket, and Star Granite which are of interest to the death care industry. You can access the Matthews International 4Q and Fiscal 2019 report here. For the 2019 year Matthews International reported sales of $1.54 billion as compared to 2018 total sales of $1.60 […]

Russell & Pica Funeral Homes plans 3rd location
Business

Russell & Pica Funeral Homes plans 3rd location

Russell & Pica Funeral Homes now operate out of Brockton and West Bridgewater, Massachusetts.  According to this article,  land is now being cleared for the company’s third location which will be in Lakeville. The funeral home company plans to build a 6,700 foot funeral home on a 70,134 lot across from a Walgreen’s on Bridge Street.  The plans for the New England style architecture building were approved by the planning commission this past spring.  The site plan also calls for […]

A new, hipper, choice in funerals
Business Products

A new, hipper, choice in funerals

Last week I learned about, what I might classify as extraordinary and possibly trend setting – if one can say that about funeral establishments – new funeral home that opened recently in London.  The business named “Exit Here” was conceived by British restauranteer Oliver Peyton and his business partner, Barry Pritchard, a third generation funeral director and a board member of the UK’s National Association of Funeral Directors. You can read an article from Citylab on the business here. Exit […]