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In the Navy . . . . . .
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In the Navy . . . . . .

Where you can find pleasure Search the world for treasure Learn science technology Where you can begin to make all of your dreams come true . . . In the Navy!! If you were my vintage and attended college in the late 1970’s you would recognize those words as the 1979 musical hit from The Village People entitled “In the Navy”. I’m not trying to relive my college years here but I thought of the song after reading this article […]

The place of death
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The place of death

This article which ran first in the New York Times but which I found in Saturday’s Minneapolis Tribune deals with the fact that death is trending to happen more often in homes rather than in institutions for the first time in over half a century.  The article states that in 2017 (the latest year statistics are available for this) for the first time in over 50 years more people (30.7%) died in a home setting than in a hospital setting […]

Minnesota – and the rest of the nation – will need funeral directors
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Minnesota – and the rest of the nation – will need funeral directors

I came across this article last week which describes the work of Victor Sweeney as the single funeral director in the rural Minnesota town of Warren.  Sweeney describes what he does and why he loves taking care of people at the time of death. The article also goes into the state of the profession in Minnesota where the mortuary classes at the state’s flagship university are dwindling in size.  Turning that enrollment picture around, as the article states, depends on […]

The staffing issue
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The staffing issue

A couple of things came to my attention last week that made me again think about the staffing issue facing funeral homes across the country.  While I am no longer on the front lines in looking for licensed staff, I do hear from my colleagues that hiring and retaining professional funeral home licensed staff is a critical issue in operating their businesses. Last Monday I chaired a meeting of a non-profit company in the Fargo, North Dakota, market that operates […]

Funeral home director says “Stop the Violence”
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Funeral home director says “Stop the Violence”

Even if you try to avoid it nowadays, it is hard not to notice the violence that is happening in America’s major cities.  It seems like every day or every week we hear some type of story of violence in one of those cities. Frank Savory is an experienced funeral director in Kansas City, Missouri, who knows it well.  As you can see in this story and news video from KCTV 5, he is tired of it.  Savory buried his […]

Thousands turn out for veteran’s memorial service
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Thousands turn out for veteran’s memorial service

Wayne Wilson was a Vietnam veteran who died at age 67 on May 28, 2019.  According to sources, Wilson died without any surviving family members.  It was that fact that led some of his friends to call out the community of Niles, Michigan to attend his memorial service last Wednesday in Niles. With the help of some publicity from Brown Funeral Home and Cremation Services, those friends had hoped for an additional 10-15 people from the community to show up […]

TGI. . . . .Friday!!
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TGI. . . . .Friday!!

Over the last week I’ve read several articles from around the world that describe different aspects of funeral directing, working as a mortician, or operating a funeral home and the people that do those tasks.  Without much editorializing on my part I am just going to present the articles for you to read. This article that you can read here from CentralMaine.com highlights funeral director Jeff Forsythe for being named Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce 2018 Business Person of the Year.  […]

“Extreme Embalming” and You
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“Extreme Embalming” and You

While searching through articles pertaining to the death care industry I came across an article from Vice.com entitled, “Inside New Orleans Extreme Embalming Funerals” that you can read here.  The article points out a trend, that as far as the author can tell started in Puerto Rico in about 2014 and has grown in acceptance especially in the New Orleans area of the United States. The article to which I have linked you above interviews New Orleans funeral home owner […]

Carriage Services adds two locations in Mid-Atlantic Area
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Carriage Services adds two locations in Mid-Atlantic Area

Last week Carriage Services, a funeral service public company based in Houston, Texas, announced that they had acquired two funeral homes in the State of Virginia.  You can read the press release here. The release announces the acquisition of the Covenant Funeral Homes in Fredericksburg and Stafford, Virginia.  The release goes on to say that these firms serve over 1,000 families annually in the highly growing markets southwest of Washington, DC. Mel Payne, CEO of Carriage Services, is quoted, “Partnering […]

The Growing Numbers of Women Funeral Directors
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The Growing Numbers of Women Funeral Directors

I came across an article the other day  on nextavenue.org that you can read here pertaining to the growing number of women who are entering the funeral director field.  The article focused on funeral director Jan Smith of Indianapolis who attended mortuary school in the 1990s.  Ms. Smith recalls that the number of females in her class was only about 5%. Today, the article states that the National Funeral Director’s Association membership includes 16% of its current membership as female […]