Tag: funeral homes

Proud of our Profession
Business

Proud of our Profession

I’m writing this on Monday morning evening though you are receiving it as the Wednesday edition of Funeral Director Daily.  The freedom to do that (write in advance) once in a while is what makes writing a daily article palatable.  I didn’t do a whole lot over the weekend although I did come across this feature article from the Los Angeles Times. The article, entitled “So many bodies. . . I lost count.  The grim business of moving Latino coronavirus […]

Matthews Memorialization segment shows revenue gains in 3Q 2020
Finance

Matthews Memorialization segment shows revenue gains in 3Q 2020

Matthews International, which operates on a fiscal year that begins on October 1 each year, released earnings reports last week.  The company has three operating segments and the one that is of interest to those of us in the death care profession is what Matthews refers to as its “Memorialization Segment”. Matthews Memorialization Segment consists of four divisions which you can learn more about here. Matthews Aurora Funeral Solutions – Caskets, urns, remembrance jewelry Matthews Cemetery Products – Granite memorials […]

Afternoon edition:  StoneMor receives 2nd offer to take it private. . . .and more news from the death care universe
Finance

Afternoon edition: StoneMor receives 2nd offer to take it private. . . .and more news from the death care universe

StoneMor, Inc.,  the Philadelphia area based operator of funeral homes and cemeteries, announced in this press release on Friday, July 31, that they are in receipt of a 2nd offer from a company that would seek to take the company private.  If you remember, earlier this year, Axar Capital Management offered the company $0.67 per share to acquire the company.  That offer was rejected by StoneMor in June as, according to the press release, an inadequate price. Axar Capital Management […]

The Power of Long-Range Planning
Business

The Power of Long-Range Planning

On Sunday morning my wife, Angie, and I were talking over the ramifications of what Congress may do in its balancing act to keep the economic security of the United States in tact as the pandemic rages on.  We were discussing the additional $600 weekly unemployment payment per furloughed or unemployed worker and the long term implications on what it might do to America.  While we believe that we are sympathetic to the needs of our county’s people, we also […]

Northeast funeral directors in the news
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Northeast funeral directors in the news

Last week we wrote about how a sponsored event, as it has grown, can help bring some funeral homes to status as anchors in their communities.  We also included in that discussion how service over time can accomplish the same thing.  And, just yesterday we talked about how taking an interest in, or mentoring, someone can have a lasting impression on our profession. Today, among our other afternoon edition stories, we bring you stories of two Northeast U.S. funeral directors […]

Judge overturns crematory variance, what’s coming up in our profession
Regulations

Judge overturns crematory variance, what’s coming up in our profession

Today’s afternoon edition tells of a Dayton, Ohio, decision by a judge that overturns a variance needed to operate a crematory.  Funeral Director Daily will also give you news of a large funeral home acquisition of six Ohio mortuaries.  Finally, we’ve got some other stories and a listing of some of the events for learning coming up over the next couple of weeks in our profession. News from the world of Death Care: Judge:  Dayton crematory should not have been […]

Take the time to make a difference
Business

Take the time to make a difference

As I search for articles that might be of interest to readers of Funeral Director Daily I see lots of headlines.  Headlines are the first indicator of what draws me into an article that might be of interest and then, if that has piqued my interest, I will get into the meat of the article to see if there is reader interest present. Some of these articles are actually obituaries of funeral colleagues that I feel may have enough interest […]

Price named to grieving children board. . . more news
Regulations

Price named to grieving children board. . . more news

The National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC) named death care industry veteran Jim Price to its Board of Directors last week.  Price has over 50 years of experience in the funeral profession and is a 3rd generation funeral director.  He currently serves as Senior Vice-President, Industry Relations for Park Lawn Corporation.  Jim, earlier in his career, co-founded and served as EVP/COO of Foundation Partners Group.  Price also has a long history of volunteer service in the profession and is currently […]

Afternoon edition:  Opportunities for professionals. . . and just news
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Afternoon edition: Opportunities for professionals. . . and just news

In today’s afternoon edition we have a little something for everybody.  We’ve got information on educational opportunities coming up for industry professionals dealing with everything from attracting consumers to your funeral home to insights on the financial markets, to podcasts on interesting topics from the National Funeral Directors Association. On the news front there are stories on local funeral homes doing good work in their communities to a story on Tuesday nights Chicago shooting as mourners were exiting a funeral […]

Funeral homes as “anchors of their communities”
Business

Funeral homes as “anchors of their communities”

The Anderson Funeral Home of which I was a 4th generation owner/operator has been in our community since 1872.  Dates sometimes go over our heads, but I used to like to remind people that we were in our 5th year of business when the historic “Battle of Little Big Horn” was fought and Gen. George Armstrong Custer met his demise.  Usually, that little bit of historic reference gives a better idea of how long we have been operating in our […]