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Business Products

Tattoo preservation becoming more mainstream

If you haven’t noticed that families are continuing to look for new ways to memorialize their loved ones you haven’t been looking.  For many of us casketed burial with a monument for memorialization may be what we want or columbarium sheltering of cremated remains in a cemetery with memorialization recognition may be what we want.  That’s the way memorialization has historically been done. . . . But the new generation of mourners is looking for ways to memorialize loved ones […]

Business Products

The next frontier in death care customer acquisition and retention

Yesterday I teased that today I would introduce you to a company that is, in my opinion, far ahead of the curve in helping to meet today’s, and tomorrow’s consumers where they are in relation to looking at and committing to their death care plans. First of all, I want to tell you a little bit of how I see the world of information changing.  I’ve told you before that I’m an avid golfer  — not a good golfer, but […]

Business Preneed Products

The move to “Pre-Emptive” marketing

When you look to the past of funeral home marketing it is pretty accurate to say that many funeral homes “Got their names out there” and then waited for deaths to happen.  When I started in the business, our industry was as far from “Pre-Emptive” marketing as any industry. . . it’s just the way it worked. We didn’t want to wish bad things on to our future clients.  It just did not feel right to say, “When you die, […]

Business

Funeral Director to be honored for role in 1972 Rapid City flood

In the 50th Anniversary year of the 1972 Rapid City Flood, funeral director Ozzie Osheim will be awarded, on October 21,  the Monsignor O’Connell Founders Award of the Catholic Social Services for his humanitarian role helping to care for the 238 who died in the then community of 40,000 people. The Rapid City Flood, according to Wikipedia, was caused by unique atmospheric conditions that caused “intense rain (to) began on the afternoon of June 9 and continued until after midnight […]

Afternoon Edition

Top read articles for the past 30 days on Funeral Director Daily

It’s hard to believe that another 30-day period has passed and has become our custom, we recap our Top 5 read articles over the past 30 days.  So, if you are a new subscriber or if you missed a couple of articles, or if you just want to read them a 2nd time, here are the articles that garnered the most page views over the past 30 days.  Enjoy! SCI settles “Deceptive sales” lawsuit for $209 million. Foundation Partners Group […]

Business

The Buzz in Baltimore

If you follow Funeral Director Daily with any regularity you will know that I returned from the 2022 National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) International Convention last week.  This article, titled Back from Baltimore, published last week gave my general impressions on attending my first national convention in over a decade. In today’s article I’m going to try to list some of the “Buzz” that I heard while wondering and visiting the workshops, the convention floor, and just good heart-to-heart visits […]

Afternoon Edition

CANA Peer Support tomorrow and more information

As part of Funeral Director Daily’s continuing effort to make you aware of health and knowledge information available to the Death Care professional we turn this afternoon’s blog spot over to giving you some information on items of interest in the profession.  Learn about how to care for yourself when you tune in to CANA’s Peer Support group or learn about what may be coming next in the pandemic world as we give information about a webinar with Michael Osterholm […]

Business Products

Transcend continues movement of forest into “product”

This article from Fast Company introduces us to a new start-up in the burial and memorialization space, Transcend.  Transcend, the brainchild of founder and CEO Matthew Kochmann, plans to be somewhat like Better Place Forests in that they will be bringing forests and trees into the realm of memorialization. Unlike Better Place Forests, where a mature tree is purchased as the base for interring cremated remains, Transcend will offer “tree burials” in which a full human body is buried.  According […]

Finance

StoneMor/Axar Capital transaction recommended by shareholder agency

Earlier this week according to this press release the Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) recommended that shareholders of StoneMor vote “FOR” the pending transaction with a subsidiary of Axar Capital Management LP.  That vote, which would take StoneMor to a private company status, is scheduled for a special stockholders meeting on November 1, 2022. Among other reasons, ISS noted the following for current StoneMor shareholders: “The merger consideration is above the estimated values of the fairness opinion….The merger consideration represents a […]

Finance

Park Lawn announces another acquisition

  Just yesterday we learned that Park Lawn Corporation announced the acquisition of the assets of Muehlebach Funeral Care, Skradski-Pierce Funeral Home, and Assurance Cremation Society.  All are located in Kansas City, Missouri. The acquisition of the three firms will add approximately 627 calls and $616,000 in adjusted EBITDA annually to Park Lawn Corporation’s financial resources according to this press release from Park Lawn Corporation. Here’s what Park Lawn CEO J. Bradley Green said about the transaction, “We are pleased […]