Author: Funeral Director Daily

Business

Alcohol and the Celebration — A Trend that is Here

A recent article by NBC News Business has highlighted the seemingly rapid trend in the funeral/cremation business. That trend, becoming somewhat popular among the baby boomer generation, is celebrating the life of the deceased with alcohol at the wake/visitation or post funeral. Funeral firms are searching for just the right way to offer this type of service while still being relative to the grief needs of the family. The NBC News article touched on three different ways that existing funeral […]

Cemetery Cremation

What to Do with Burial Plots

An article recently published in the Wilkes-Barre Citizen’s Voice that deals with the number of cremations on the rise also reaches into the ramifications for families who have purchased cemetery burial space and now have no reason to use it. The article which lets us know of the rise in cremation services worldwide for a final method of disposition also touches on the Cremation Association of North America and the oft-used statistic that the United States surpassed the 50% cremation […]

Preneed

A.M. Best Affirms “Excellent” Rating on Assurant

Assurant, Inc., parent company of Assurant Pre-Need, has received a rating of A (Excellent) in its Financial Strength Rating (FSR) according to a note in Business Wire of March 2, 2017. Best also affirmed the FSR rating of A- (Excellent) for the life and health subsidiaries of Assurant. According to the article Assurant’s ratings recognize its diverse business mix and presence in several niche markets, including the pre-need market. The ratings also affirm Assurants’ core life/health operations, which include pre-need […]

Business

Missouri Funeral Home adds Comfort Dog to Staff

There is no doubt that funeral service has changed. There is also no doubt that funeral home owners care about the people they serve. In search of all possible therapies for people in grief and need, the Greenlawn Funeral Home of Springfield, Missouri, has added a comfort dog to its staff. In an article from the Springfield News-Leader it is noted that the dog, Gracie, began in December. She is a goldendoodle acquired especially for this cause. According to staffer […]

Regulations

Funeral Home Zoning Hearing Set

An interesting legal battle is taking shape in Port St. Joe, Florida, where Casey Whatley has received preliminary permission to open a funeral home in a building that has been vacant since 2008 and once had been operated as a Whatley Funeral Home. The plaintiffs contend that a license for operation had not been issued since 2012. In August 2016 the city issued a business license for Whatley to re-open the funeral home. The plaintiffs contend that when they bought […]

Regulations

Muslim Cemetery moving forward in North Texas

A release from the Associated Press announced that the community of Farmersville, Texas, some 35 miles northeast of Dallas and a community of 3500 residents is square in the cross-hairs of America’s issue with the Muslim religion. On Monday night a group led by Shamsur Rahman moved a step closer to getting permission from the town council to establish a cemetery in Farmersville so that local Muslims have a local cemetery. The Islamic Association of Collin County wants to develop […]

Business

Duggan Mortuary – Sonoma Valley Sold

Edward Leon, an owner of two other mortuaries in the Sonoma Valley has purchased the Duggan Mission Chapel in Sonoma Valley according to an article in the Index Tribune. The Duggan family is well known in funeral home circles in Northern California where relatives still own mortuaries in San Francisco and Daly City. According to the article the Duggan Family opened the San Francisco mortuary in 1916 and the just sold operation in Sonoma Valley in 1959. Edward Leon grew […]

Cremation

In Kentucky Cremations Grow as Cost Drops

Prices are dropping for cremations in western Kentucky according to an article in the Paducah Sun. Lyman Hutcheson, managing partner of the Cremation Society of Paducah and two local funeral homes is quoted as saying, “Pricing shouldn’t be a mystery”. Hutcheson installed a crematory in Paducah seven years ago when the historically low cremation rate in America’s Bible Belt was only 8 percent. Today that percentage is rising and as it is rising, the Cremation Society of Paducah has been […]

Finance

Carriage Services Stock Upgraded

Carriage Services (NYSE:CSV) a publicly traded funeral and cemetery services provider has been rated a Strong Buy by three brokerage analysts that cover the stock. The stock closed at $26.55 on Friday, but analysts are looking for a one year price estimate of $30.50. The company also noted that a dividend of $.05 per share will be paid on March 1, 2017, to stockholders who owned the stock as of February 13. Carriage Services is headquartered in Houston, Texas, and […]

Regulations

Kansas City Cemetery goes on National Historic Register

Federal officials have awarded the designation of National Historical Landmark to the Wyandotte National Burial Ground in downtown Kansas City, Kansas. An estimated number up to about 600 of the Wyandotte Native Americans are buried there. Graves date back to 1843. Among the number buried there are Eliza Burton Conley, who in 1910 became the first native American to argue in front of the Supreme Court of the United States. At that time, developers were trying to buy the land […]