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New Brunswick alters Low/No Income Funeral Packages

The province of New Brunswick in Canada has just approved a new three-year contract with the 64 funeral homes and 500 funeral directors in the province for payment of those people who cannot afford to pay for their own funerals.  According to the recent release from cbc.ca most funeral practitioners are not happy. When asked if they were not happy why then did they accept the agreement, Nancy Matthews of the New Brunswick Funeral Directors and Embalmers Association was reported […]

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Protecting Your Brand

We have not been listening if we don’t understand how important a branding image is to businesses as they continue to move forward and grow.  Your mind will see an image and immediately conjure up some type of feeling toward that image.  American companies learned long ago that bringing a positive image up in your mind will perceptually give you a better feeling about that product and, on average, cause you to purchase that product over a competitor when given […]

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What will your funeral home be doing on the 4th of July

Our youngest son graduated from high school yesterday and today my wife and I booked a short trip to Rhode Island to take in the longest continuous running July 4th Parade in the country in Bristol, Rhode Island.  Literature says that the parade has been continuously operated since 1787.  We are hoping for a little R & R, a little New England hospitality, and a lot of patriotic fervor. I thought of doing this article when I ran across a […]

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Neptune Society offers Consumer Webinar

There is no doubt that the death care industry continues to consolidate and there is also no doubt that while being large, slow, and methodical may create some problems, it can also use economies of scale to its advantage.  For about 35 years I was the owner/operator of a small town funeral home and I always considered it an advantage that I could make decisions in an instant without going to the next level for an okay.  I felt that […]

Business Regulations

A (Not So) Unique Path to Funeral Service

So, I’m the odd type of guy that peruses obituaries and hones in on one or two a day to read of people I have never met.  I find it very fascinating and it is always interesting to see of the different and unique lives that have been lived.  Certainly, as a funeral director, it demonstrates why I believe so strongly in the rite of a life’s celebration through a funeral service, memorial service, or other means. I tell you […]

Business Regulations

Is Australia Ready for an FTC-like Itemization Rule??

I can remember back in the late 1970s and into the early 1980s when itemized pricing was new and being forced upon funeral homes nationwide as part of a consumer protection Federal Trade Commission rulings on funeral service in the USA.  In my opinion, in the long run, the FTC rulings on itemization actually not only helped consumers understand what they were paying for, but it encouraged funeral home owners to know where their income and expense numbers were at. […]

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Can Dual Careers Help Rural Funeral Homes

The Marshall Independent of Marshall, Minnesota ran an interesting article the other day that featured Marshall native Alex Erickson and his story about returning to his hometown of Marshall after working in the metropolitan city of Minneapolis for a few years. We have known for sometime in rural America that the best way to grow employment and population in rural communities is to have those who have left for the lure of the city return and start businesses to grow […]

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Circling the Wagons for Better Service

The Beck family has served the Liberty Hill, Texas area for more than three decades.  The Beck family also operates funeral chapels in Cedar Park and Round Rock, Texas, and loves to provide personal service to those they serve.  The funeral homes are operated by family members, Blake Henderson and Jan Beck Cleveland. According to an article in the Liberty Hill Independent the Beck Funeral Home in Liberty Hill has been sold to RockePoint Church.  For years the family serviced […]

Business Finance

StoneMor Names New CEO and CFO

On Wednesday, May 17, StoneMor Partners took some steps to reverse the fortunes of their company when they named a new CEO and a new CFO to replace departed CFO Sean McGrath and CEO Lawrence Miller.  StoneMor has been plagued for over the last year with quarterly losses, decreased cash flows, and a cut of its dividend to shareholders. According to the Philadelphia Business Journal the company named former utility company executive Paul Grady as its new CEO and Mark […]

Business Finance

Funeral Home Bankruptcy in New York

I just read an article on something you don’t see very often in the funeral industry.  An article that was posted in the Times Herald Recordonline from Orange County, New York, pertained to the bankruptcy case, and hopeful solution to it, of a funeral business from that area. The article is about Mr. Anthony Ingrassia who is president of a funeral home business with four locations in the area.  The article points out that he filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy […]