Tag: funerals

An interview from across the pond
Business

An interview from across the pond

We came across this article in the Scotsman that you can read here.  It is an interview with Tim Purves who is the Chairman of William Purves Funeral Directors of Scotland.  Mr. Purves is the 5th generation family funeral director of the company which was started in 1888 by a craftsman and cabinet maker.  The firm is said to be Scotland’s largest independent operator with 31 locations in Scotland and northeast England. American funeral directors who read the article will […]

It’s Wreaths Across America Week
Cemetery

It’s Wreaths Across America Week

As a child and even as a young funeral director, I distinctly remember a plaque in our family funeral home that stated, “Show me the manner in which a nation cares for its dead and I will measure with mathematical exactness the tender mercies of it’s people, their respect for the laws of the land, and their loyalty to high ideals“. That quote is attributed to Sir William Ewert Gladstone, Prime Minister of Great Britain beginning in 1868.  It’s something […]

Illinois funeral director sentenced for preneed irregularities
Preneed Regulations

Illinois funeral director sentenced for preneed irregularities

We received a couple of articles out of Springfield, Illinois, today concerning a southern Illinois funeral director who has been sentenced to prison for his role in failing to deposit payments for preneed funeral services. You can read about the case in these articles from WGN Web and from KFVS 12.  According to the articles, in addition to a prison sentence a fine of $25,000 was also imposed as was restitution to the victims. Illinois State Comptroller Susan Mendoza is […]

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 […]

New facilities around the country
Business Regulations

New facilities around the country

As we go into the weekend we just thought we would update our readers with some new construction going on in the death care business.  The following articles pertain to individual or family owned businesses either being started or being expanded. As we have seen many times with the ideas of proposed crematories — there seems to be a mix of having that crematory welcomed to the community or being looked at by people in the community as “not in […]

Alabama cemetery board member charged with theft
Cemetery

Alabama cemetery board member charged with theft

This news video and article from WAFF-TV brings to light the charges against a member of the Legg Cemetery in Limestone County, Alabama.  According to the article, the board member has been charged with first-degree theft after investigators reportedly found $60,000 of the cemetery’s money in her possession. It also appears that after a county investigation, the same cemetery lots may have been sold more than once resulting in numerous parties believing they are the owners of certain lots.  Investigators […]

Recompose moving forward
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Recompose moving forward

Recompose, the private company that has been established to become the first company to use “human composting” as a method of final disposition is continuing to move ahead with their plans.  There is a very good article that we found in the Seattle Times, that you can read here, that makes note of the fact that the company has found a location for its first commercial site. The article, which we found very informative, lists the steps that Recompose founder […]

American Entrepreneurship. . . funeral homes are a big part of it
Business

American Entrepreneurship. . . funeral homes are a big part of it

Monday morning I received a call from a lady I know who works tirelessly with the community’s Junior Achievement organization.  She mentioned that they were looking for some new board members and she wondered if I would be interested in serving. My first thought was, “I don’t need more board positions”.  I’ve served on a lot in my small community over the years and now serve as the Chairman of a non-profit Home Care and Hospice Company, serve on the […]