Tag: funeral trends


Are you ready for 2021. . . ready, set, Buy!

Over the years I’ve moved from really long-range planning about my business to a method where I plan for shorter durations.  I think my move has coincided with many who have went from developing long range “strategic” plans to plans that are shorter in duration, less set in stone, and allow a business to be more flexible and nimble as situations change. I think that trend has come to business in just the last several years, simply because “change’ in […]


Do we know what are colleagues are up against

Earlier this week I came across a couple of articles that tell the toll of funeral directors and funeral home operators who have operated in the COVID-19 environment.  After reading them I think it is very difficult for those of us, who have not been on the front lines of arrangements or financial management of funeral homes for some time, to realize the difficulties present day operators are struggling with. In this pandemic time some operators are not only dealing […]


Survey says funeral trends changing

Cision PR Newswire published the results of the Foresight Companies 2020 Funeral and Cemetery Behavior Study on Wednesday.  You can see the Cision article here.  In it they mention that this survey was based on 2,548 respondents “drawn from a nationally representative panel sample of U.S. residents.” Chris Cruger, Partner and Chief Operation Officer at the Foresight Companies was quoted, “The resulting business implications the study points to are colossal – especially for a sector largely unchanged for decades.  How […]

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Will “Death Photos” become part of your services

According to this article from the Minneapolis Tribune but syndicated by the New York Times, “when Louise Rafkin posted a photo of her mother on Facebook the night of her death at age 98 in September with her golden retriever at her side, it rattled some family members and friends.”  “The Facebook post was a way to announce the death,” Rafkin said. We’ve all heard about the “death photos” of the past when it might be at a funeral that […]


As Maine goes. . .so goes the nation

When I was growing up and in elementary school in the 1960’s there was a saying about Presidential elections.  That saying was, “As Maine goes, so goes the nation”.  What it meant was that the state of Maine had an uncanny ability to vote with the winning candidate in so many elections.  In today’s left and right political world it no longer applies, but it did back in the day. Moving ahead about 15 years to the early 1980’s I […]


Burial in a Mushroom Suit

We have written that funeral wishes and choices by the consumer is ever expanding in the death care market.  We have written that the choices and alternatives outside of traditional earth burial and cremation continue to expand.  Last October we wrote about a process, created by a company called Coeio, in which a deceased is place in an organic cotton suit, or shroud, that is infused with a biomix of mushroom mycelium that will aid in decomposition and transfer body […]


America’s next migration movement and its effect on funeral service

I’m a history buff and I love to look back and learn what has happened in our country.  I’ve found that many times a “precipitator” happens and that event or group of events causes history to happen.  I was running on my treadmill the other morning watching CNBC for business news and Fox News for other news and in switching back and forth between channels I realized that in different ways they were talking about the same thing. What they […]


What do you see on the Horizon?

The other day a funeral service professional asked me, “What do you see on the horizon for funeral service?”  Since I have not put out any predictions for over a year I thought I would just give an answer on what comes to mind first for me.  Instead of a long, thought out answer sometimes it is just a good exercise to say what comes to your mind first. So, here I go.  And one of the things that sticks […]


Signs of the Time

Earlier today we released an article, “Is Now the Time”.  It dealt with the growing cost of waiting on projects that you might be planning for your funeral home or cemetery. Since that article came out we have noticed two articles that were recently published that somewhat dealt with trends in the death care industry and what is happening with those trends. The first you can read here is about Service Corporation International and their Dignity Memorial Network breaking ground […]

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Extrapolating the Trends

In the last couple of days I have read articles from different areas of the United States pertaining to the establishment of “Green Cemeteries” in those locales.  The first you can read here and comes from the southern portion of Illinois and concerns the City of Carbondale turning a city cemetery over to the option of green burials.  The proposal includes potential wording where the containment of the body must be done in a nontoxic, biodegradable container.  This would exclude […]