Business Products

Student Designed Funeral Portal to Go Live this Summer

Holly Price, a recent University of Michigan MBA graduate learned a lot a while back when her mother was suffering from a cardiac arrest and funeral arrangements, and other life-ending decisions, looked like they had to be made. According to a Press Release from the University of Michigan, Price used the experience – fortunately her mother recovered – as the impetus to design a portal that she hopes will help consumers who require estate planning, hospice information, funeral planning, and […]

Business Finance Preneed

Shaffer to Lead Homesteaders Beginning in 2018

A recent press release by Homesteaders Life Company, a funeral industry pre-arrangement company,  announced that a succession plan for the leadership of the company was recently passed at their May 2017 meeting.  Using forward thinking the board accepted CEO Stephen Lang’s pending retirement in March 2018 and approved the plan to have COO Stephen Shaffer succeed him at that time. Beginning immediately Shaffer will have an increasing assumption of day-to-day activities at Homesteaders, which is based in West Des Moines, […]


Funeral Home Prices vary by Thousands

The above headline has shown up in a news story and web-site story from WHEC TV in Rochester, New York.  While attention grabbing, the news feature and story does eventually tell people that while there can be a wide variety of ranges for similar services, many times you do get what you pay for at Rochester area funeral homes and that the prices many times do reflect the product you receive. The newscast and story is worth watching and was […]


My Education in the Last Ten Days

In the past ten days I have had the opportunity to participate in my annual golf outing over four days in Las Vegas, Nevada, with 127 other death care industry operatives from all aspects of the industry.  The event, which is a get-together of old friends, is spearheaded by Johnson Consulting’s Tom Johnson, and is in its 36th year.  I have been attending, missing only a couple of events, since 1994.  It is always a great time to catch up […]

Business Cremation

Smaller Firms Adding Crematories

An article that appeared in the Green County Daily World of Linton, Indiana, caught my attention the other day.  It was entitled “Walton’s install crematory at Welch & Cornet Funeral Home in Worthington”. I read the article and then did a little research.  The article states that the crematory will be the first in Greene County, Indiana, and serve the three locations/communities that 43- year old funeral director Todd Walton owns and operates in the rural Indiana area. Walton states […]


Living the Dream in Pelham, New York

I recently discovered an inspiring article about a young man and his quest to be involved in funeral service on the web-site  The article centers around Irish born Clive Anderson, age 34, who now owns his own funeral home in Yonkers, New York.  It is a true tale of a young man who saw funeral directors at their best and aspired to be one of them. Turns out that Anderson was living with his family in Ireland and was […]

Business Cemetery Finance

An Opinion on StoneMor Partners

An opinion from Seeking Alpha recently came out on one of Funeral Director Daily’s Death Care Index (DCI) stocks, namely StoneMor Partners.  The article is a really good read and goes into quite some detail on what has been happening with the company in the past six months. According to the article, the company has a market capitalization of about $234 million and has more than $316 million in debt.  It also notes that the company stock has dropped over […]


Illinois Funeral Home Celebrates Earth Day

An Illinois funeral home used a simple, but effective, way to showcase their commitment to the environment during an Earth Day celebration  last Saturday.  According to an article in the Quincy, Illinois based Herald-Whig, Quincy based Hansen-Spear Funeral Home held their first “Celebration of the Living Green” on Saturday afternoon. The funeral home, who has previously showed their concern for the environment by providing the means for a seedling to be planted, in memory,  for every family they have served […]


Mississippi Funeral Home creates Wall of Memories

Ricky Holland has been co-Owner and President of Corinthian Funeral Home for the past 25 years.  He loves his job, loves the people he has served, and is now going out of his way to make sure that no client of Corinthian Funeral Home is forgotten. In an article published in the Daily Corinthian of Mississippi it is pointed out that Holland has a special feature set to be unveiled at his firm’s 25th anniversary on April 30, 2017.  Holland […]


SCI adds El Paso Combo

According to a recent article in the El Paso Times, funeral giant Service Corporation International (SCI) has added an 8th facility in the El Paso, Texas, market.  They have recently had an Open House and Grand Opening to announce the opening at the Evergreen East Funeral Home on the city’s East Montana  Avenue. While it is the firm’s 8th facility in El Paso it is noted that it is SCI’s first combo in the city as it is located near the entrance […]