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 […]

Cemetery Regulations

2016 Flooding Causes New Burial Rules

Burial in Louisiana is just different from what we have in Minnesota.  In Minnesota where it is joked that we have two seasons, Winter and Road Construction, we do have issues digging through the almost permafrost in our winter months.  But after seeing the following article, I guess a little cold weather is okay considering I don’t have to deal with a water table only 2 feet below the surface of the ground. A recent article in The Advocate of […]

Business Cemetery Finance Preneed

The Latest News from StoneMor Partners

StoneMor Partners, the Philadelphia based funeral home and cemetery  limited partnership that is publicly traded, issued some interesting news this week.  First of all, CEO Larry Miller, one of the firm’s founders has announced his resignation effective on August 31, 2017, or when a replacement is named.  Secondly, according to an article in www.philly.com, the company has entered into a partnership with the Donohue Funeral Homes which serve the Philadelphia area. According to Bill Johnson, StoneMor’s national vice president of […]


Medal of Honor Winner Recognized

When I was a youngster I was amazed that my dad, the local funeral director, knew everybody in our small community and also knew the history of each and every family in the city.  After 35 years as a local funeral director I now find myself in the same situation.  As they say, the apple does not far fall from the tree.  I have gleaned a great value to the historical perspective of our , not so small anymore, community […]


Cemetery Honor Squad Needs New Volunteers

As is probably the case in many communities across the country an article in the Dayton Daily News points out that the veterans who volunteer their time at Dayton National Cemetery are in limited supply. The Honor Squad at the cemetery averages about 1,200 memorial tributes per year and the group has a low number of volunteers to keep it going at that rate.  According to Squad Commander Jim Groves, they have not missed a service in two years although […]

Cemetery Cremation

Local Cemetery Running out of Niche Space

There is a small problem in the community of Marysville, Michigan, according to an article in The Voicenews.   Marysville Director of Public Works, Barry Kreiner is quoted as saying, “We are all out of niches.  They are all sold”. At Funeral Director Daily we have mentioned that cremation seems to becoming the preferred method of disposition but it seems that in the community of Marysville that they cannot keep up with the demand for niches at the local cemetery. […]

Cemetery Cremation

What to Do with Burial Plots

An article recently published in the Wilkes-Barre Citizen’s Voice that deals with the number of cremations on the rise also reaches into the ramifications for families who have purchased cemetery burial space and now have no reason to use it. The article which lets us know of the rise in cremation services worldwide for a final method of disposition also touches on the Cremation Association of North America and the oft-used statistic that the United States surpassed the 50% cremation […]