Author: Funeral Director Daily


Wisconsin Funeral Directors Dispute With Heritage Cremation Provider

6 News reports that some Wisconsin Funeral Directors Association members have not been paid for cremations performed on behalf of Colorado based Heritage Cremation Provider.  The Minnesota department of Health is investigating Heritage as well after families accused Heritage of not picking up remains in a timely fashion. Our take: Heritage is not a local company.  It puts up websites which look local but are not and then finds local funeral homes to do cremations.  We’ve noticed that the Heritage […]


New York’s only certified woman-owned funeral home.

Your Clifton Park & Halfmoon has done a nice feature about Kathleen Lowes Sanvidge, the owner of Townley and Wheeler funeral home in Ballston Lake, New York.  Sandvidge has been certified as a Women Business Enterprise in New York.  Her firm is the only certified women-owned funeral home in New York State. Funeral Director’s take: Interesting to see that Lowes Sanvidge uses mainly Facebook to stay in touch with clients and meet clients.  A social media strategy is critical if you […]


Funeral home legal risks

We noticed a number of  items in the litigation section of the Service Corporation International 2016 Annual Report.    Our purpose in listing the claims is not to point fingers.  SCI has had several of the claims dismissed and we are in no position to evaluate the validity of the claims.   We’ve decided to list the claims, however, because they provide a sample of the typical legal risks which a funeral home owner may run.  Our analysis is in italics. […]


What Death Teaches You About Living

The Huffington Post has an outstanding post by funeral director Shannon Burberry titled “What Working With Death Can Teach You About Living.”  Burberry is a Funeral Home Manager at Arbor Memorial in Ontario, Canada.  Simple lessons but true: Our goodbyes are just as important as hellos. One size doesn’t fit all. Technology connects the disconnected. Time is a gift.  


SCI to spend $255 million on capexp and acquisitions during 2017

Here’s a summary of the remarks of the Service Corporation International Executive Team during the company’s fourth quarter 2016 earnings call.  You can access the entire transcript at Seeking Alpha. CEO Thomas Ryan on the growth in the company’s preneed revenue:   “We also continue to grow our funeral preneed backlog, hosting a 4% growth in preneed funeral sales for the year as we utilize technology to remain more relevant to our employees, as well as our consumer audience.” CEO […]


Generational Equity Announces Sale of Weerts Funeral Home to SCI

DALLAS, Feb. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Generational Equity, a leading mergers and acquisitions advisor for privately held businesses, is pleased to announce the sale of its client, Weerts Funeral Home, Inc., headquartered in Davenport, IA, and Riverbend Cremation Service, LLC, in Bettendorf, IA, to Service Corporation International, headquartered in Houston, TX. The acquisition closed February 1, 2017. Details were not disclosed. Weerts Funeral Home was founded in 1909 and had been acquired from the Weerts family in 2005 by David Deuth. […]


Memphis Funeral home offers drive-thru viewings.

Localnews24 reports that Memphis funeral home R. Bernard Funeral Services is offering drive thru viewings.  The family owned funeral firm opened in January and has held four drive-thru viewings.  The funeral home also offers live stream viewing so that out of town family members can participate.  You can watch the video below Funeral Director Daily’s take: This is not the first time that this has been offered. The offering seemed to be short-lived at other mortuaries when offered. The […]

Cremation Regulations

Minnesota considers removing viewing casket and cremation urn tax

“I think it would be great to eliminate this tax.  For people, at the end of life, to have further tax put upon them seems to be too much for people who already spend their whole life being taxed”  Funeral Director John Kohl of Parker Kohl funeral home as quoted in reports that Minnesota governor Mark Dayton has proposed removing the state sales tax on viewing caskets and cremations urns.  Burial caskets aren’t taxed but rental caskets for […]