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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 […]

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. […]

Dollars and Sense — The great debate over online pricing
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Dollars and Sense — The great debate over online pricing

I noticed last week that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will be seeking comment on whether to make changes to the Funeral Rule.  This is probably the least the FTC will do and there probably could be more to come.  In their notice, they mentioned areas of funeral services and pricing where they explicitly seek public comments.  The Funeral Rule as I talk in this article pertains to itemized price information and how it must be presented. One of those […]

This should never happen
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This should never happen

Chalk this incident up to “This should never happen” but it did.  In this article from the Bucks County Courier Times of Pennsylvania we learn of the tale of Richard Geisinger who died in 2013.  The article tells the story of how Mr. Geisinger, who had pre-arrangements for a casketed burial, was instead cremated and left unclaimed in the county morgue for six years. How did this happen?  Even though he had paid for a casket, bronze plaque, mausoleum crypt, […]

TGIF – It’s been quite a week!!
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TGIF – It’s been quite a week!!

Let’s see. . . Super Bowl, State of the Union Speech, Impeachment Vote, my Minnesota Twins got involved in a blockbuster baseball trade, and my Minnesota Gophers beat arch-rival Wisconsin in basketball. . . it’s been quite a week to keep everything straight.  To end it for my Funeral Director Daily readers I will not bore you with a long business related article. . . but, will just provide you with some links on death care information that has been […]

The “Times”. . .they do change — Will you be ready??
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The “Times”. . .they do change — Will you be ready??

I wrote on Monday about the change in the “place of death”.  In that article I pointed out that in the early 1900s people tended to die at home and much of the funeral experience was then held in the home.  While I never did it, I am old enough to have had funeral directors tell me their stories of going to homes with an “embalming board”, doing the embalming, dressing, and cosmetizing in the home in preparation for the […]

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 […]

Recompose sets sights on Colorado
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Recompose sets sights on Colorado

Recompose, the public benefits corporation that is moving the process of recomposition (human composting) into the commercial realm recently held a forum at the Feldman Mortuary in Denver, Colorado.  The forum was used to introduce the idea of recomposition to the Colorado market and also to announce that two Colorado legislators plan to introduce a bill in the next assembly that would legalize the process in the state. According to this article and news story from Channel 4 – CBS […]

An interview from across the pond
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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
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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 […]