Funeral Director Daily

Re-evaluating the Funeral . . moving away from religion

By Funeral Director Daily / February 7, 2023 /

    There is not only a lot of talk lately about the funeral, memorial service, and celebrations that families are contemplating  in the future for themselves and their loved ones, but there is also a lot of investment money being spent on companies who want to be on the upside swing of what these…

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Treating customers honestly and ethically is essential to build your brand

By Funeral Director Daily / February 6, 2023 /

    It’s probably happened to all of us at one time or another.  You thought the answer you received in a buying decision was the final answer, but, at the end of the day, it turned out to be a partial answer and you became a disappointed purchaser of that good or service.  …

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LongRange Capital announces completion of Batesville acquisition. . . . retains Trainor as CEO

By Funeral Director Daily / February 3, 2023 /

    Earlier this week we received notice that LongRange Capital has completed the acquisition of Batesville.  The transaction of purchasing the Batesville Company from public company Hillenbrand Industries was announced late in 2022 and apparently now has been completed.   In addition, the private equity firm announced in this press release that Batesville CEO…

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Victoriaville & Co. expands to Ohio. . . .our casket math

By Funeral Director Daily / February 3, 2023 /

    Victoriaville & Co., the Canadian based company that provides death care merchandise on three continents, announced in this press release a 67,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Cleveland, Ohio.  According to Alain Dumont, President and CEO of Victoriaville & Co., “This manufacturing addition to our existing capacity has become necessary in order to…

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Ohio funeral home expands by purchasing a neighbor

By Funeral Director Daily / February 2, 2023 /

    This article from the Canton Repository announced last week the purchase of Canton, Ohio, based funeral home Kreighbaum-Sanders Funeral Homes by Alliance, Ohio, based Cassaday-Turkle-Christian Funeral Home.   Cassaday-Turkle-Christian’s Adam Christian made the following comment, according to the linked article, “We are honored that the Sanders family has given us the opportunity to…

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Matthews International reports Fiscal Year Q1 . . . increases total revenue, but Memorialization sales fall

By Funeral Director Daily / February 1, 2023 /

  Public company Matthews International, with a stake in the death care business, reported their Fiscal Year 2023 First Quarter last week and in doing so reported a company-wide quarter over quarter sales revenue increase of about 2.4%.  The entire revenue increase, however, comes from their much heralded investment in the energy storage solutions business.…

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How’s your “Focus”?

By Funeral Director Daily / January 31, 2023 /

    “Focus” is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as “the center of interest or activity”.  We hear the word a lot.  For instance if you want to improve your golf game you might be told, depending on your present strengths, to “focus” on your weakness. . . and improve it, whether that is driving…

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Merchandising your Service Charge

By Funeral Director Daily / January 30, 2023 /
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    Alan Creedy and Danny Jefferson are two veterans in the death care business.  They have not only managed and owned funeral homes but have advised hundreds of death care operators.  The two of them put out a podcast entitled “Two Guys and a Question“.  I recently listened to one of their podcasts that…

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Cremation — already the “New Tradition”

By Funeral Director Daily / January 30, 2023 /

  It’s no secret that as a percentage of dispositions, cremation continues to grow.  This article from Forbes entitled “Cremation is gaining popularity as funeral costs rise”  gives that indication and their thoughts on why that is so.   Forbes states in the article that over the last 15 years the United States cremation rate…

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How do consumers come up with the money to pay for funerals?

By Funeral Director Daily / January 27, 2023 /

    Yesterday we took a look at how funeral merchants should expect their clients to pay for the services that they select.  Our article took a look at crowdfunding, credit cards, savings, and, of course, preneed funding.  And, we concluded that as good as it is to get payment done and out of the…

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