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Dignity plc results are “mixed”

Dignity plc, Great Britain’s largest funeral home and crematory operator announced last week in this report that you can see from Morningstar, that their 1st Quarter 2022 revenues and operating profits fell considerably over the same period of 2021.  However, it also appears that Dignity plc was able to increase their market share for services conducted in Great Britain. Financial performance was affected by the decision of Dignity plc in September 2021 to reduce its prices to the consumer after […]

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Funeral Director Daily’s Most Read Articles in the past 30 days.

My how time flies by.  It seems like I just posted last month’s most read stories.  Anyway, in case you missed some of our top articles here’s what our readers found most interesting over the time period from April 15 to May 15. Another new concept. . Can it catch on. Wilbert, Park Lawn make acquisitions. Cemeteries, funeral homes looking for the perfect acquisition, we may have it. Warren Buffet on “How to beat inflation”. . .It will work for […]

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A webinar you might find interesting and helpful

During my mortuary college years I read a book entitled, “Who takes care of the Caretaker“.  I don’t remember all of the details of the book because it’s been over 40 years since I read it.  However, what I do remember is that it drilled into me loud and clear that “I could not be a caretaker to others if I didn’t first “take care” of myself.”  I thought of that book when I received this informational press release about […]

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A little discussion with the guys at Funeral Nation

Here is Funeral Nation Episode #248 where I join anchors Ryan Thogmartin and Jeff “The Funeral Commander” Harbeson for a short discussion of all things Death Care. In a short 12 minutes Ryan, Jeff, and I cover a variety of topics including the real disconnect between what some consumers think they are getting with certain death care services and what funeral homes believe that the consumer is purchasing.  We conclude that getting on the “Same Page” would be good for […]

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The Mondale urn

Editor’s Note:  A technical glitch stopped publication this morning.  But, here you go with today’s article a few hours late.  Sorry. As I write articles in this forum I sometimes have to remind myself that many of my readers are 30 to 40 years younger than I am.  That fact, and the experience of playing golf with a 25-year old in our group last Friday, also reminds me that I sometimes have to give a little background to the story […]

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News You Can Use

Many of our friends in the support service to funeral professionals offer educational experiences through white papers or webinars that are very valuable.  Today I’m just taking the time to get some of the information to you. . . .If you are so inclined get these opportunities for enrichment on your schedule.   From Clifton Larson Allen:  An interesting short-topic read entitled, “Making decisions in Inflationary Times”.  This short read goes into the topics of supply chain, labor, and pricing, […]

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“Journey to Serve” highlighted at Military.com

I just returned from an annual event that takes place each year and benefits the Funeral Service Foundation and the ICCFA Educational Foundation.  The event, dubbed The Memorial Classic and started by Johnson Consulting Group founder Tom Johnson over 40 years ago completed its 2022 event last week.   I’ve been fortunate to have been a part of the annual event since first being invited in 1992. This year approximately 120 individuals affiliated with death care businesses gathered for three days […]

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Don’t forget about free Continuing Education credits offered by Wilbert

If you are like me, you might not even know where you are sitting with Continuing Education credits to keep your license current.  I need to check because I know that because of the Covid pandemic some of the CE credits required for my funeral director and insurance agent requirements were temporarily suspended because of the difficulty in getting these credits during that time. I was reminded of that fact the other day when I was switching out copy for […]

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News you can Use

There is a new play out called “Cremation: The Play” and it is set to be live-streamed beginning tomorrow on Lemonade.  It will also be live-streamed on Saturday and Sunday.  Cost to watch the live-stream is $20 and includes a Q & A following the production with the producers and cast. You can see information on the play here from a short notice in Broadway World.  They mention that it is about the writer and director’s experience of working in […]

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Loewen movie article tops last 30 days readership

Evidently the readers of Funeral Director Daily are enamored with the Oscars and what will be the best movie of 2023 or they are interested in the story of Canadian funeral home executive Ray Loewen and his quest in building a very large public company.  Our top rated article for the past 30 days was one involving the announcement of the filming of the movie based on Loewen’s downfall currently titled, “The Burial” which is expected to be out for […]