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Carriage Services CEO Carlos Quezada on 2023 Results: “. . instills confidence and excitement”

By Funeral Director Daily / March 1, 2024 /

  American funeral home and cemetery operator Carriage Services recently shared the results of their 4th Quarter and Year-End financials with the public.  In doing so, and in spite of a continuing COVID “pull forward” impact resulting in modest declines in funeral contract volume experienced during the year, the company reported total 2023 revenues 3.3%…

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Permanent Memorialization: How long is “Permanent”?

By Funeral Director Daily / February 29, 2024 /

      How long is “Permanent”?  That is a question that has never been answered, but in many cases you will find out that “permanent” is not really “permanent”.   There is an interesting dilemma going on in Surrey British Columbia, Canada, right now.  According to this article, a popular pet cemetery is about…

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Who will be the “Disruptive Force” in Death Care?

By Funeral Director Daily / February 28, 2024 /

    About a month ago I read this article from Yahoo Finance titled, “Retail employees are working fewer hours.  Here’s why that is a risk to the economy”.  While the article was good and informative in its own right a portion near the end caught my eye and I related it to Death Care.…

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San Antonio College opens “working mortuary” on campus

By Funeral Director Daily / February 27, 2024 /

    It’s obvious that today is becoming “College Day” at Funeral Director Daily.  Our first story was about the University of Minnesota and their progressive realistic mortuary education and this story is about San Antonio College (TX) and the mortuary program there opening what is believed to be the nation’s first college-based “Consumer-facing funeral…

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Mortuary Education: It’s our future and needs to be relevant

By Funeral Director Daily / February 27, 2024 /

    In this recent article from the student operated  Minnesota Daily (University of Minnesota) the Director of the Mortuary Science program Michael LuBrant says this, “Really, it’s a form of health care. It’s serving families, deceased individuals and people at the end of the life cycle. . . . “   LuBrant explains that…

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The Future of Death Care in North America

By Funeral Director Daily / February 26, 2024 /

    What appears to me as about as impressiive line-up of presenters that you will ever find in one day is on tap to tell you what they know about the “Future of Death Care in North America” later this week.  On Friday, March 1, you have the opportunity to pick up 6 CEU…

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The dilemma facing rural funeral homes

By Funeral Director Daily / February 26, 2024 /

      The University of Michigan, and their Center for Sustainable Systems Fact Sheet states, “It is estimated that 83% of the U.S. population lives in urban areas, up from 64% in 1950. By 2050, 89% of the U.S. population and 68% of the world population is projected to live in urban areas.”  …

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Propel Funeral Partners makes New Zealand acquisition, raises $80 million

By Funeral Director Daily / February 23, 2024 /

    Last year the largest death care service provider in Australia and New Zealand, InvoCare, was taken private in a buy-out by private equity company TPG Global.  It appears that action has led to the 2nd largest provider of death care services of those nations, Propel Funeral Partners, to rapidly move forward with their…

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Park Lawn Corp adds to Colorado holdings through acquisition

By Funeral Director Daily / February 22, 2024 /

    A press release dated Tuesday, February 20, 2024, announced that the Park Lawn Corporation had acquired two stand-alone funeral homes and a stand-alone cemetery in the state of Colorado.  You can read the press release here.   Park Lawn Corporation announced that “it has completed the acquisition of substantially all of the assets…

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“The State Government has failed you”

By Funeral Director Daily / February 21, 2024 /

    The “State government has failed you” is the voice to Colorado consumers about the state’s funeral service issues even before the latest potential illegal situation was uncovered in Denver two weeks ago.  The comment came from State Senator Dylan Roberts of Colorado as he is working on putting together legislation aimed at curbing…

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