Cemetery Preneed

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 […]

Cemetery Regulations

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 […]


Arizona Teen Good Deed is “Life-Changing”

It was recently reported on the web-site AZFamily.com that a teenager from Chandler, Arizona, found out that his good deed and Eagle Scout project was “Life-Changing” to him.  Adrian Dozal, 16, used a personal connection to an Arizona cemetery to create a project to bring the cemetery back from disrepair and in the process learned something abut himself. Dozal noticed last fall that the Goodyear-Ocotillo Cemetery was overgrown and crosses on the graves were rusting.  He researched the cemetery and […]

Cemetery Preneed Regulations

VA Cemeteries to Give Pre-Need Eligibility Verification

According to a recent article by Veteran’s advocate Gary Alexander in the Gainsville (TX) Daily Register honorably discharged veterans can now apply for burial in national cemeteries pre-need.  Until recently, veterans, and their families, had to wait until need (at the time of a death) to apply for burial. The Veteran’s Administration press release states, ” Interested individuals may submit VA Form 40-10007, Application for Pre-Need Determination of Eligibility for Burial in VA National Cemetery”.  The VA will review eligibility […]

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 […]


John Glenn Laid to Rest at Arlington

American icon, John Glenn, was laid to rest with full Military Honors on Thursday, April 6, 2017, at Arlington National Cemetery.  According to an article in the Columbus Dispatch, the interment followed a short, private service at the Old Post Chapel at Arlington. Glenn, age 95, had died on December 8, 2016, but was laid to rest on the day that would have been his 74th wedding anniversary.  John Glenn will be remembered as the man who led America into […]


Austin Officials Ponder Difficult Situation at Cemetery

Officials in Austin, Texas, have their hands full in trying to figure out how to proceed with an issue that has risen at the Oakwood Cemetery in that city.  According to the Austin based American-Statesman a chapel restoration project on the cemetery grounds has been halted because it appears that human burial graves have been located beneath the chapel. From all practical purposes it appears that the Chapel, which was built in 1914, was built over a section of what […]