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2020 and the realities of smaller cemeteries. . . Netherlands recommends alkaline hydrolysis

Over the last couple of years that I have published Funeral Director Daily, I’ve written on this topic a couple of times.  “This topic” is that of smaller association cemeteries and the financial plights more and more of them seem to be falling into.  I limit this discussion to “association cemeteries” simply because church cemeteries, municipal cemeteries, veteran cemeteries, and for-profit cemeteries have something to fall back to when the revenues start coming up less than the expenses. Association cemeteries, […]

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Lessons learned from growing up as an FDK (Funeral Director’s Kid)

This article will be published on Friday morning because I figure it won’t be real business like, but it will be something that the reader can carry into the weekend.  Lots of people talk about PK’s – Preacher’s Kids – but there is another group of us who grew up in a funeral home or near a funeral home and sometimes were expected to toe the line even more properly than PK’s because we were Funeral Director’s Kids (FDK’s). . […]

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Which side of the issue are you on

I don’t think that there is any doubt that at one time we viewed cemeteries as a “place for the dead”.  However, you could argue that over the years, while cemeteries still carry the reverence of places where we lay our loved ones to rest, they have become not only a place for the dead, but a “place for the living” also. I point that out as, especially urban cemeteries, have become places to walk a dog, to hold yoga […]

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The problem with cemeteries

We’ve now moved into the 4th quarter of 2020 and with that timing we have had 6 full months of the COVID world results in death care.  We know from listening to the news, looking at public death care company reports, and anecdotal reports from our colleagues that while funeral homes have been learning to do business in the COVID world, the financial results still probably lag where we want them to be. We know that there has been a […]

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Recompose getting competitors. . . and that’s okay

This article from the Daily Chronicle tells how Recompose founder Katrina Spade has been working since 2014 to bring Natural Organic Reduction (NOR) to an acceptable and legal process of human disposition.  She not only had to prove the science behind what many call “human composting” but had to find a legislative body to approve the method in a state. Since that time a Washington State University scientist has used the remains of six terminally ill patients to prove the […]

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Arlington Cemetery Part 3: A personal story

When I researched and wrote a story about Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg being buried at Arlington National Cemetery little did I know it would lead to a Three-part series with Funeral Director Daily.  However, the story triggered some memories in my life on what I knew about Arlington and, in today’s article, how I as a small town funeral director personally arranged burials there.  I hope I’m not boring you with these stories. As a small town funeral director, in […]

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Joe Louis and Arlington National Cemetery

We gave a little history on Arlington National Cemetery in yesterday’s edition of Funeral Director Daily.  As a follow-up to that I promised a little more today. I had always heard that the eligibility requirements for interment in Arlington National Cemetery  were more stringent than in the other Veteran’s National Cemeteries scattered across the country. . . and they are.  I had also heard that former World Heavyweight boxing champion, Joe Louis, was interred in Arlington National Cemetery without satisfying […]

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Justice Ginsburg to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery

Late last week when Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s body was being removed from Statutory Hall at the United States Capitol I heard that her body would be interred this week at Arlington National Cemetery.  As a person who loves the history, majesty, and ceremony that is Arlington National Cemetery, I wondered a little about the eligibility criteria for such a burial. Turns out, according to  this article, membership on the United States Supreme Court, even with no military […]

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Ritual vs. Memorialization. . . . do we need both?

Deaths will always be with us.  However, the way we ritualize death and provide permanent memorialization for our loved ones seems to be ever evolving.  I believe that permanent memorialization has been under attack for a long time and faces long-term decline, but I also believe that ritual, and the way it evolves, may bring many opportunities for funeral homes that embrace some of the change. I come from a community in Minnesota that was settled by predominantly Scandinavians and […]

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Afternoon edition: San Diego cemetery fight, CE webinar, what’s a “Payroll Tax holiday”, and more

In today’s afternoon edition we bring you the tale of the Archdiocese of San Diego attempting to zone vacant land it has owned for some time into a cemetery to serve the people of its parishes.  Homeowners in the area are not necessarily excited to see a cemetery near their homes citing property tax devaluation as the main reason.  You can access the article here.     We also bring you a registration for, what we believe, will be an […]