Kauai Cemeteries Running out of Space

I’ve been a frequent visitor to the beautiful state of Hawaii – probably going for business or pleasure at least 25 times in the last 30 years.  I love it there and find my little piece of paradise until I return home. An article in The Garden Isle, the newspaper of the Island of Kauai states, however, that there is a little trouble in paradise when it comes to burying the dead on that island.  According to the article the […]


Ohio Man Builds Partnership with Cemetery on Columbarium

Normand Laliberte used to work for the Hummel Funeral Homes in Akron, Ohio.  He confesses that he thinks funeral costs are getting pretty high and is interested in lowering the costs to families.  One step he has taken on his own is to build a columbarium in a small cemetery so that families may have an inexpensive place to place remains when choosing cremation. An article on CantonRep.com illustrates what Laliberte has accomplished.  He has convinced the St. John’s Church […]

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Bugles Across America provides Much Appreciated Service

I had expected that the post from yesterday concerning America’s Old Guard placing approximately 284,000 Memorial Day flags at Arlington National Cemetery would be all that Funeral Director Daily would do specifically for the Memorial Day holiday. However, this morning I was watching the national news on television and a short story of an organization that I had never heard of was ran.  The story concerned Bugles Across America, a non-profit that was formed to make sure that every American […]


God Bless our Troops – Yesterday and Today

If you are anything like me today will cause goose-bumps on your arms as you witness a Memorial Day Parade in person or some type of celebration on television to honor those who have served our country. I never was fortunate to serve and as I get older I regret it more and more.  The liberties that we have in this country should never be taken for granted and we must stop and reflect on those who have given the […]


A Future For Urban Cemeteries?

Today, I read an article in the Seattle Times about Seattle’s Denny Park.  The article talks a little about the history of Denny Park and goes on to mention what it has been transformed into today in the other-wise dense South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle. The park has been transformed by over $2 million in spending which opens up public spaces and improves lighting among other things to give Seattle a city park much like other urbanized areas of […]

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Here We Go Again

As we move up on Memorial Day next Monday and want to honor those who have went before us, it seems that there is always something in our industry that casts a pall over the business of funeral directors and cemeterians.  I discovered a recent article in the Record-Courier of Ravenna, Kent and Portage Counties of Ohio where a cemetery owner was recently accused of being dishonest with pre-arrangements. According to the article, Ted and Arminda Martin were the owners […]


Ithaca Cemetery Raises Vault Maintenance Question

I ran across an interesting article in the Cornell Daily Sun the other day which led me to ponder several questions about the long term maintenance of vaults, columbariums, and mausoleums in cemeteries. The article is very interesting and, quite frankly, tells of the city of Ithaca’s quest to understand what must be done to maintain the structural integrity of the hillside vaults that have been in place more than 150 years.  To the city’s credit, they understand the cultural […]


City Cemetery Decision irks Monument Businesses

A recent decision by the City of Beloit, Wisconsin, to offer more cremation options at city cemeteries is causing angst among some Beloit area businesses according to the Beloit Daily News.  In essence the city is allowing their owned and operated cemeteries to offer a pricing structure that will allow for consumers to have an all-inclusive price for the purchase of a grave site,  columbarium, and placement of inurnments as compared to today’s option of only allowing for the purchase […]

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New Helicopter Crew Monument Approved at Arlington

It probably should not take this long but a monument proposed three years ago in 2104 to honor Vietnam era helicopter pilots has just been approved by Congress for acceptance and placement into Arlington National Cemetery.  An article in Military acknowledges that the idea for the monument was spearheaded in 2014 by Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Bob Hesselbein who flew AH-1 Cobra gunships in Vietnam. The Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association completed their request and application process in 2014 but […]


Loss of Cemetery Revenue Causes Tricky Response

A friendly but complicated twist has occurred in a cemetery that contains the remains of border towns in Hebron, Illinois.  According to an article in the Lake Geneva News the Linn-Hebron Cemetery was started many years ago by members of the Linn Presbyterian Church, which used to be located in Hebron, Illinois, and started the cemetery in 1847. The endowment fund has been exhausted, the cemetery is old and gets little revenue, Hebron Township has been funding the cemetery, but […]