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Burnout and the funeral director

By Funeral Director Daily / May 11, 2023 /

    I’ve always loved the Spring of the year.  For us in the northern climates days are getting longer, the sun feels warmer, we can be outside without multiple layers of clothes on and the golf course opens.  Ever since I was small I’ve looked forward to this time of the year and was…

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How much government intervention is enough?

By Funeral Director Daily / May 10, 2023 /

    I think the last few years, especially in some of America’s largest urban centers, we’ve learned that the rule of law is essential in a democracy.  It’s imperative that we have laws and even business regulations so that all people play by the same set of rules.   However, sometimes it feels like…

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Carriage Services reports 1Q 2023. . .announces closing of Greenlawn acquisition

By Funeral Director Daily / May 9, 2023 /

    Carriage Services announced in this press release their operating results of the 1st Quarter of 2023.  Much like we mentioned in last week’s article on Service Corporation International (SCI), these numbers need to be looked at in the light of a reduced number of deaths in the United States for 1Q 2023 as…

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Seeking Alpha opines on Park Lawn Corporation

By Funeral Director Daily / May 8, 2023 /

    Park Lawn Corporation is expected to release the financial results of their First Quarter 2023 on May 11 — Thursday.  Last week, however, we found that Seeking Alpha authors gave an opinion on the company in which they believe “Park Lawn (is) likely to resume EBIDTA and EPS growth in 2023″.  The opinion article…

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Selling Death Care in a “Limitless” world

By Funeral Director Daily / May 8, 2023 /

    Last week I spoke in front of a small audience of funeral directors and commented on what I see happening in the Death Care world.  One of the things that I have noticed that is very similar to the funeral home world that I worked in is that death care clientele have three…

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SCI reports 1st Quarter. . . in-line with U.S. death totals

By Funeral Director Daily / May 5, 2023 /

      When public companies report their financial numbers each quarter, it is pretty much expected that matured companies have practical and easily understood numbers in comparison to what their financial numbers were for the previous comparable quarter of operations.  In that regard you would look for the results of funeral home and cemetery…

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Has the emergence of the woman funeral director made death care a “softer, gentler” process

By Funeral Director Daily / May 4, 2023 /

    It’s been no secret that for the past 30 years more and more women have been becoming active in the death care profession.  I saw the trend start with pre-need counselors but now according to this article from Spectrum 1, 65% of all graduates of funeral director programs in the United States are…

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“Modern Retail” tells us Titan Casket’s strategy for disrupting an industry

By Funeral Director Daily / May 3, 2023 /

    I often tell people in funeral service that with Funeral Director Daily  “I don’t break the news, I just tell those in the profession what I’ve heard, what I’m seeing, and what my opinion on the subject is.”  I’ve secured a pretty good following by doing that and giving busy death care professionals…

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Matthews 2Q 2023 Report: Memorialization sales slightly rise

By Funeral Director Daily / May 3, 2023 /

    Mathews International’s sales rose about 7.8% year over year for their 2nd Quarter of 2023 as compared to the same quarter of 2022.  Matthews is on a fiscal year so their 2nd Quarter comprises the months of January, February, and March.  Most of the sales increase occured in Matthews Industrial Technologies segment.  …

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Green Burials are here

By Funeral Director Daily / May 2, 2023 /

    For the past 4 years of so since I’ve been putting pen to paper writing Funeral Director Daily as I do my research I invariably come across articles on Green Burials.  Green Burials by my definition are “ecology based earth burials with as simple a disposition process that can be done”.   They would…

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