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Lawsuit against Park Lawn affiliate

Last week Funeral Director Daily learned about a lawsuit against a Park Lawn affiliate cemetery from this article.  The article contends that the American Moslem Society (AMS) of Dearborn, Michigan, has filed a lawsuit alleging an attempt by Woodmere Cemetery to breach its contract with the mosque. According to the article, AMS has purchased more than $5 million worth of graves and burial services over the last two decades. AMS now alleges that a contract that was signed in 2017 […]

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The battle to build a cemetery

New Orleans, Louisiana, is known as a great American city.  Because the city sits about 15-18 feet below sea level and has levies protecting the city its cemeteries are well known for their unique above ground burials in some places.  Because of some of these type of land issues, the city itself has found itself in the cemetery businesses by owning six cemeteries within the city limits. And lately, the city has became known as one of the American cities […]

Business Cemetery Products

Keeping the business flowing

I love the idea of “American ingenuity”.  To me it means the thought process that is developed to keep things moving ahead even when the system to do so has been upended.  And, around the world this Spring, the system has truly been upended with the advent of the COVID-19 situation. However, if you are a small business, you have to figure out a way to keep the cash rolling in so that you can pay the bills.  Many small […]

Cemetery Preneed

The savings rate and what it can do for preneed and cemetery sales

It’s not even noon on Sunday yet and I’ve had a pretty good day already.  Minnesota has allowed churches to open at 25% of capacity so my wife and I attended church today, albeit wearing masks and sitting far from anybody else, for the first time since mid-March.  Also, singing was banned for just instrumental music, but for someone who has a spiritual bent to them, it felt really good to be in church.  I’ve also had a chance to […]

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A Memorial Day like no other

Monday will bring Memorial Day to those of us in the United States.  It is a day like none other.  Not only does it serve as the weekend when summer begins, but it ultimately is the day all Americans should solemnly, sometime during the day, ponder and give thanks to all who were willing to serve in our country’s armed forces and be ready to give their life for the values that America stands for. Today’s holiday is born out […]

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Calverton National Cemetery suspends group flag placements

It was announced this week that Calverton National Cemetery, a property of the National Cemetery Administration and reserved for our nation’s honored veterans and their dependents, will be suspending their tradition of allowing groups to place American flags at grave sites for Memorial Day “because of the health risks posed by the coronavirus”. Calverton National Cemetery is located in Suffolk County, New York, on the eastern shore of Long Island. The National Cemetery Administration issued this statement,  “NCA will not […]

Cemetery Finance

Park Lawn moves cemetery projects forward

Earlier in March Park Lawn Corporation, the Toronto based funeral home and cemetery consolidator and operator, announced that it was updating their progress on a couple of large projects. The company announced that construction of an on-site funeral visitation and reception center at the Westminster Cemetery in Toronto was under way. The structure will be a 32,100 square foot facility and will be the company’s first on-site cemetery visitation center in Canada.    The press release which you can read […]

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A funeral business advantage

During my high school summers I worked for a furniture store delivering furniture.  One of the things that I came to realize during that time was the concept of warranties and just how much it mattered in that business. The owner of the furniture store and the sales reps sold furniture not only with the factory warranty but also with their personal warranty that they would “stand behind the product”.  There were products that were defective and the store and […]

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Cemetery clean up — Is there a perfect way to notify families?

We bring you this article from the Longview (TX) News Journal that deals with the clean up of two cemeteries in the city.  The cemeteries are both owned by Service Corporation International and the news article deals with some families dismay that they believe that they were not properly notified of the clean up. According to the article, family members are disappointed that memorabilia, as well as flowers and flags, were cleaned off of the grave sites and disposed of.  […]

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Human composting bill introduced in New York

Last year the state of Washington became the first in the nation to legalize human disposition by human composting or recomposition, as it has been termed.  That law allows the process starting on May 1 of this year. Since that news broke we know of efforts in Colorado to move recomposition forward.  We also know of bills introduced into the legislature in California and now, according to this article, in New York. A prime sponsor of the New York legislation […]