Funeral Director Daily

Is “Service” more important than “Convenience and Price”?

By Funeral Director Daily / May 22, 2024 /

      Is “Service” more important than “Convenience and Price”?  That’s an interesting question that some businesses are asking themselves today. . . . .and the answer is “It Depends”.   Just over the last weekend I came upon two articles — one pertaining to Walmart and the other to their rival Target.  In…

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Lots of issues. . . and opportunities in the cemetery business

By Funeral Director Daily / May 21, 2024 /

      When I think of the cemetery in my little community in Minnesota.  I’m guessing, like a lot of other communities that grew up in the American “Land Rush”, the city cemetery came out of necessity.   When a pioneer citizen died the custom, and more than likely, the religious way to take…

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Has the “Reality” met the “Expectations”?

By Funeral Director Daily / May 20, 2024 /

    You decided to become a funeral service professional.  What were your expectations at the time you made the decision?  Tomorrow night, Tuesday, May 21, the Cremation Association of North America (CANA) Peer Support Meeting delves into that question among those that will be attending the virtual sesson.   Here’s what CANA says in…

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Security National Financial Cemetery/Mortuary earnings rise 71%

By Funeral Director Daily / May 20, 2024 /

    There is no other way to say it other than to say that Security National Financial Corporation (SNFC) had a blow-out 1st Quarter of 2024 when it comes to Earnings.  The company’s Earnings Before Taxes jumped 507% as compared to the 1st Quarter of 2023.   Here’s part of what SNFC’s Chairman of…

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Here’s a unique way to blend land preservation with urn burials

By Funeral Director Daily / May 17, 2024 /

    Funeral directing company  A.W. Lymn of Nottinghamshire, Great Britain, has been giving the green light to construct an ancient style facility for the disposition of cremated human remains.  As this article maintains, “they have been granted permission for the first and only modern barrow site in the East Midlands”.   (Editor’s Note:  I…

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FDD’s thoughts on the “Paradox killing funeral service” far and away the most read article in the past 30 days

By Funeral Director Daily / May 16, 2024 /

      It’s the 15th of the month and at Funeral Director Daily it is that time where we total up or page views to see which articles have been read the most by our readers.  This month the Top 5 contains the largest public funeral company’s financial reports as well as news on…

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SCI settles California issue, looks forward to moving ahead with insurance funded preneed there

By Funeral Director Daily / May 16, 2024 /

    Earlier in May the Attorney General of the State of California issued a press release which you can read here announcing an agreement with Service Corporation International (SCI) over an eight-year dispute on how SCI delivered on their preneed funding.   In essence, concerning preneed sold through SCI’s Neptune and Trident locations in…

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Our take: Post-Cremation products are here to stay

By Funeral Director Daily / May 15, 2024 /

  One of my friends attended the latest convention of the International Cemetery, Cremation, and Funeral Association (ICCFA) and reported to me that “there were a crazy amount of post-cremation product vendors exhibiting available options”.  And, sometimes when I walk into arrangement rooms where many post-cremation options are available I get a sense of how big…

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Park Lawn enters 2024 “Leaner” and more reliant on the “Funeral side”

By Funeral Director Daily / May 14, 2024 /

  Park Lawn Corporation revealed their 1st Quarter of 2024 financials last week and you can access them here.   The 1st Quarter of 2024 marks the first quarter of operations for the company coming off the disposition via sale to Everstory Partners of 72 cemeteries and 11 funeral homes that was consumated in December…

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Matthews works through “flat-market” quarter

By Funeral Director Daily / May 13, 2024 /

  Editor’s Note:  This was our feature article for last Friday morning.  However, for some reason still unknown to us, the server we contract to support our website was down for a few hours early in the morning.  So, if you missed this article, here it is. . . .   Matthews International reported their…

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