Tag: cremations

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 […]

Carriage makes big acquisition, announces new President/COO
Finance

Carriage makes big acquisition, announces new President/COO

Carriage Services, the Houston based funeral home and cemetery operator made a big announcement after business hours on Monday.  The company issued a press release which highlighted not only the acquisition of, what they say in the release is the largest by a combined revenue definition, acquisition in their 28-year history, but also announced personnel additions as well. In the release which you can read here, Carriage Services announced the acquisition of the Fairfax Memorial Park and Funeral Home in […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

July numbers show Funeral Director Daily keeps increasing readership, viewership
Business

July numbers show Funeral Director Daily keeps increasing readership, viewership

We want to continue to thank our loyal readers for making Funeral Director Daily what we believe is the fastest growing informational format for the death care industry read today.  Our readership increased for the 3rd consecutive month — and for July 2019 from June 2019 we saw an increase of 6.8% of daily views.  Thanks!! We have also pushed our subscriber base to over 850 subscribers!  Thanks again. Going back a year we have a 102.2% increase from our […]

SCI properties in the news
Regulations

SCI properties in the news

For the 30+ years that I operated our family owned funeral home I had to deal with a maximum of about 17 employees or teammates at work at any given time.  You got to know all of them real well and as the manager of a small firm you really understood what was happening under the roof. I contrast that with the fact that I now serve on the board of our state’s land grant university which has about 26,000 […]

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 […]

Have you planned your pre-need marketing?
Preneed

Have you planned your pre-need marketing?

I noticed yesterday when I drove past the local fairgrounds that everything was getting set up for our county fair.  I then realized, wow, it is the middle of August and fair time already. For many of us in the upper midwest fair time signifies harvest and the start of another school year just around the corner come Labor Day.  Back when I was operating a funeral home, it also signified that it was time to ramp up the pre-need […]

El Paso funeral homes to aid shooting victims
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El Paso funeral homes to aid shooting victims

While the event that led to the offer is certainly something that no city anywhere should have to go through, we have learned today in this media release that many funeral homes in El Paso, Texas, will offer free services to those killed in the mass shooting attack in that city on Saturday. As of this writing, twenty people have been confirmed dead in the attack. The death care profession has always been known as one that gives local support […]