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California Assembly gets human composting bill
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California Assembly gets human composting bill

In this article from the Los Angeles Times you can read about Assembly Bill 2592 (AB2592)  that was recently introduced by Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia.  AB2592 would, if passed and signed into law, allow for human composting in the state of California as an eco-friendly alternative to traditional burial or cremation. Human recomposition was passed into law in the state of Washington last year and will take effect on May 1.  It also has parties interested in its passage into law […]

Kreamer Funeral Home moving into 4th generation of service
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Kreamer Funeral Home moving into 4th generation of service

The Kreamer Funeral Home was established in 1915 by brothers William E. and Wilbur Kreamer in Stewartstown, Pennsylvania.  According to a history on the company web-site, William’s son, Robert, assumed control of the firm in 1958 and his son, Steven, became the 3rd generation owner and operator in 1984.  The Kreamer family now serves in the communities of Annville and Jonestown, Pennsylvania. This article tells the story of 4th generation family member and funeral director Christian Kreamer, age 24, who […]

Do the Diligence. . . a cautionary tale
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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 update on some recent articles. . . .bus casket, SCI buildings
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An update on some recent articles. . . .bus casket, SCI buildings

Just last week we wrote of a Minnesota funeral director who had taken the time, effort, and expense to customize a casket to look like a school bus for one of the beloved citizens of his community.  That person, who drove a school bus in the small community for 55 years, recently died and his funeral service was held last Friday.  Here is a news video and story about the funeral and the funeral director who made it happen. We […]

Carriage Services reports 4th Quarter and Year End 2019
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Carriage Services reports 4th Quarter and Year End 2019

  Last week funeral service and cemetery consolidator and operator Carriage Services, based in Houston, Texas, reported 4th Quarter and Year End results for 2019.  They also provided commentary on how they believe that the company will move in the next three years.  I will provide some factual information in this report but also my opinions.  Please note I am not a stockholder in Carriage Services at this time. You can access their February 19 press release related to earnings […]

Keeping up with Green cemeteries
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Keeping up with Green cemeteries

While Funeral Director Daily has not written much on the subject lately, in today’s news feed we found two articles on the green burial movement that we thought we should pass on to our readers.  According to one of the articles, Green – or Natural burials – is said to consume 4% of the death care market place.  I’m not so sure that I have seen that high of a number, but I also have no proof to rebut it. […]

An “Above and Beyond” funeral director
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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, […]

Census looking for U.S. Veteran workers
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Census looking for U.S. Veteran workers

I receive a periodic e-mail update from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and in today’s update noticed an article about the United States Census looking to hire military veterans to work during the 2020 census.  I am passing this on simply because I know funeral directors in communities know their veteran populations.  Maybe our profession can help a few veterans who may need some work find it through this program. I have received this update over the years simply […]

“Honored to be asked to Share”
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“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 […]

Park Lawn CEO Andrew Clark announces departure
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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 […]