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A new idea for permanent memorialization

I would guess it was twenty years ago or about that length of time that I was asked to volunteer as a board member of our community’s largest non-denominational cemetery.  The cemetery was large enough and did enough business that it had a full-time caretaker who took care of sales, provided interment services using cemetery owned equipment, and supervised a small staff of part-time lawn care workers.  The cemetery also had a monument sales representative who worked on commission. Revenue […]

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Desmond Tutu, alkaline hydrolysis, and the power of celebrity endorsement

It’s not every day that something that happens with a funeral gets publicity around the world.  However, like in other events in the history of the world, there are points that you can look back on in retrospect and say that they could have been turning points in society mores. As I’ve been searching for Funeral Director Daily articles in the past week I’ve been amazed at the number of articles around the world that have dealt with the death […]

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Out with the old. . .

This article will be sent to Funeral Director Daily subscribers on the last day of 2021.  By that time America will have passed the 800,000 number of deaths due to Covid-19 and will have had more deaths in 2021 than in 2020.  That’s 800,000 individual human beings who have lost their lives and it is 800,000 times that the men and women of funeral service have answered the call to take care of these individuals. . . . individuals loved […]

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Considerations for a crematory

The Cremation Association of North America (CANA) showed statistics that cremation dispositions in the United States accounted for about 56% of all human dispositions in 2020.  I’m guessing that percentage will grow slightly for 2021 as it has every year for the past 40 or so years. CANA’s futuristic looking statistics, which have been pretty accurate over the years, show that at some point in about the next 20 years, barring regulatory issues,  cremation will be over 75% of all […]

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NFL’s Steelers not amused by end zone cremation scattering

If you have been a funeral director for any length of time a family member of a cremation disposition has approached you about their idea of scattering the cremated remains at a certain location.  Most of the time the question has been asked in relation to a public park, a church yard, a lake, or some other public location that held meaning and was prized by the decedent. Were you ever asked for your opinion of the scattering of the […]

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Foundation Partners Group fuels growth through cremation

Recently Foundation Partners Group (FGP) issued this press release pertaining to an article which focused on their business and their business growth.  It was pointed out that Orlando-based FGP, companywide, is approaching a 90% cremation rate in a death care world where the overall cremation rate (in the United States) is close to approaching 60%.  In essence, Foundation Partners Group locations have a heavy cremation mix in their business. According to Chief Financial Officer Thomas Kominsky, quoted in the press […]

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Will pet cremation be the next “Big Thing” in the funeral home business?

Every once in a while I come across a couple of items that are sometimes related and it makes me think about potential business aspects of the items when combined together.  That recently happened to me once again — late in September I received a marketing e-mail from the Cremation Association of North America (CANA) regarding “Pets and Cremation”.  And, just on Tuesday, Funeral Director Daily did an article on “Customer Acquisition vs. Customer Retention.” It made me wonder. . […]

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Catching up with Alkaline Hydrolysis

It’s just human nature that the newest thing gets the publicity.  On Super Bowl Monday every headline is about the Super Bowl game and the champions but by Friday of that week America is on to the next big thing. . . on the sports calendar that is sometimes the Daytona 500. Well, moving on to the next big thing happens in funeral service too.  I was reminded of that this past week when I read this very interesting article […]

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Better Place Forests adds 10th memorial forest

This recent article from Pasadena Weekly made note that Better Place Forests has added a property at Lake Arrowhead, about 90 minutes from Los Angeles.  For Better Place Forests it is their 10th announced location with five of those being in California. A fairly new entity into permanent memorialization, Better Place Forests is described in the article as “as sustainable alternative to traditional cemeteries”.  According to the Better Place Forest website, a memorial package could include the rights to a […]

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An interesting look at disposition intentions

Every once in a while I will come across a survey on some aspect of the death care world that doesn’t quite jive with what I’ve been led to believe.  Normally when that happens I’ll find out the survey was constructed and completed by some one from outside the traditional death care world. When that happens I always find it interesting to look at who commissioned the survey and who took the survey.  That happened the other day when I […]