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Hillenbrand announces leadership succession plan

Hillenbrand Industries, parent company of Batesville Casket Company, announced last week that current CEO Joe A. Raver will be retiring at the end of 2021.  The following day, Kimberly K. Ryan will succeed him as CEO of the company. In a press release that you can read here, Hillenbrand Chairperson Joe Loughrey describes Raver, “A steadfast and strategic leader, Joe has guided Hillenbrand since 2013. During his tenure, he played a significant role in transforming the Company from a $600 […]

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A small town funeral director perk

I’m writing this post on Saturday morning shortly after returning from my Summer Saturday morning bike ride.  I couldn’t help but think that many independent funeral home operators live in small towns and really get to know their community. . . . I don’t think I’m much different.  Today’s column is a small-town Chamber of Commerce column. The community I live in is Alexandria, Minnesota.  When I grew up here in the 1960’s and 1970’s it was populated with about […]

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Funeral Director Daily top read stories in the last 30 days

As has become our custom at the mid-point of each month, we give you a chance to see what stories you may have missed.  Here are the top read stories from Funeral Director Daily from April 15 to May 15. Mortuary school holds commencement in cemetery. SCI’s Tom Ryan: “. . .true earnings growth from funeral will require increased funeral services” Will this concept have staying power? Will preneed methods change? Black funeral directors believe that Covid may change funeral […]

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News you can use

In an effort to get you more information to learn more and more about your profession, Funeral Director Daily brings you these opportunities that have been sent to us for your information.   From the National Funeral Director’s Association: A Brush with Death podcast — Going Green: Another funeral option.  Podcast #23 in a series this podcast interviews Amy Cunningham, a New York City funeral director and celebrant who specializes in Green Burials. NFDA Webinar –– “The Success or Failure […]

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The month’s top stories and more

It is the middle of April and time for us to bring you a list of the top read stories on Funeral Director Daily over the past 30 days.  We know many of you are too busy to check in every day and this new feature lets you take a binge look at what you may have missed on those busy days.  Here are our Top Read stories from March 15 to April 15. It will give you some good […]

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Weigel on marketing

I get plenty of commentary and critiques on my opinions in Funeral Director Daily.  Most of them are justified and most of them are constructive in their suggestions.  Funeral Director Daily recently did an article on marketing and social media — you can find that article here. Shortly after publishing that article I received an e-mail from industry veteran and marketing expert, Joe Weigel, who happens to be a faithful reader of Funeral Director Daily.  What Joe had to say, […]

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Non-profits team up to bring the profession “Journey to Serve”

One of the most exciting initiatives since I have been involved in the funeral business has been brewing and is about to be presented to the industry through the philanthropy of the Funeral Service Foundation and the ICCFA Educational Foundation.  These two organizations have collaborated to bring us the “Journey to Serve” initiative which is aimed at recruiting United States military veterans for employment throughout the death care profession. You can register for the launch event of this initiative that […]

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StoneMor acquires four cemeteries

In what may be an indicating sign that StoneMor Inc. is beginning to come out of its realignment phase, it was announced yesterday that the Pennsylvania based consolidator and operator of cemeteries and funeral homes has acquired four cemeteries. This press release indicates that the four properties are all located within the Eastern geographic footprint of StoneMor Inc. and that the purchase price was $5,395,000.  Here’s what StoneMor Inc. CEO Joe Redling had to say about the acquisitions, “We are […]

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Did you miss any of these? Our top read stories of the past month.

At Funeral Director Daily our data is getting better.  We now know that some of you read our topics daily.  Some of you are pretty steady daily readers, but miss a day or two.  . . probably because you are busy with your employment and that day you just didn’t have time to take a look at Funeral Director Daily. We also know that some of you are binge readers. . . . you only click into Funeral Director Daily […]

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Afternoon Edition: News you can Use

Over the weekend Funeral Director Daily took the time to gather some information that is educational, informative, and more than likely useful to you in your professional or personal life.  We’ve compiled that here just in case there is something that interests you.   NFDA Podcast — The Brush with Death Podcast Series from the National Funeral Directors Association debuts Episode #21 – “On the Horizon:  NFDA Leadership Discusses the Future”.  To listen and see other titles from the series […]