An ongoing debate with cemeteries: Community assets for enjoyment or sacred spaces for the deceased?

By Funeral Director Daily / November 14, 2023 /

    There is no doubt that with the advent of rising cremation in our society cemeteries are used less and less, as a percentage of all deaths,  by families as places of permanent memorialization.  However, there is still a large group of families that “do” select a space in a cemetery for the permanent…

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The Hispanic population and Death Care

By Funeral Director Daily / September 26, 2023 /

    I recently saw an e-mail alert from the American Heart Association with an odd title.  The title of this particular e-mail information item was “Caregiving a concern as U.S. Hispanic people age faster than other populations”.   I eventually realized that the headline did not mean that Hispanic people “get older faster” but…

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Global Green Burial Alliance to form. . . .offers introductory webinar today

By Funeral Director Daily / September 14, 2023 /

    Funeral Director Daily (FDD) was recently notified that a group has been working to bring together what they call the “Global Green Burial Alliance” (GGBA).  FDD received a statement out of Australia earlier this week about the formation.   According to the statement from Mr. Mark Thomas, the Global Green Burial Alliance will…

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A solution at the cemetery

By Funeral Director Daily / August 10, 2023 /

      According to this article in the Sarnia Observer Harold Sonnenberg has been pretty busy as the superintendent of Greenwood Cemetery in Waterford, Ontario, Canada.   What’s happened there happens all over North America in cemeteries and provides back-breaking work for those who “fix the problem” to satisfy families of those interred.   The…

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Permanent Memorialization: What does it mean in today’s world?

By Funeral Director Daily / August 2, 2023 /

  On the same day last week three different articles or press releases came to my inbox and those pieces of literature formed a mental Venn Diagram for me about cremation and memorialization.  The articles, taken together made me think about the continuing growth of cremation and what will be done with the cremated remains…

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Is your message reaching the “Right” audience?

By Funeral Director Daily / August 1, 2023 /

    I think every funeral home owner and marketing directors of larger funeral home, crematory, and cemetery operations by now understands that social media has some say in how people perceive your business is operated and how it may take care of their family if and when necessary.   One big question, however, is…

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Who said, “Cemetery management is easy”?

By Funeral Director Daily / July 28, 2023 /

        For the most part, cemeteries are tranquil places where lot ownership, interments, and maintenance usually go off as planned and when they do people just don’t seem to notice all the good work and planning that has been done to accomplish that.  But, as this recent print and video news story…

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Here’s some good news from our profession

By Funeral Director Daily / July 11, 2023 /

      I like it when I read about good things happening in the Death Care business.  Sometimes, like this story, the good news grows out of bad deeds. . . but, in the end, it’s how our profession can step up and help that makes me feel good about what we do.  …

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Massachusetts Chapel and Cemetery receives architecture award

By Funeral Director Daily / June 19, 2023 /

    The Bigelow Chapel at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts, received a 2023 National AIA Interior Architecture Award according to this notice from the Journal of the American Institute of Architects.  The notice (and link) from that publication also allows for the view of photos of the building.   According to that article,…

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PlotBox recieves capital investment

By Funeral Director Daily / June 13, 2023 /

      PlotBox, in this recent press release, announces that they have received a US$ 6.2 million capital investment from Guiness Ventures and other existing investors.  The press release states that the company,  “Headquartered in Northern Ireland with offices in the United States and Australia, . . . has grown over the last decade…

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