Cremation

Cremation Finance

Solace cremation company raises $1.745 million in seed funding

“One flat price. $895. No Surprises.” That’s how direct cremation provider Solace describes themselves on their web-site.  And now, according to this article in Geekwire,  they have some cash behind them to spread that narrative about their company. Geekwire mentioned earlier this month that Solace has closed an oversubscribed funding round of $1.745 million with Portland, Oregon, based Rogue Venture Partners as lead and participation by Cascade Seed Fund of Bend, Oregon, and Alliance of Angels of Seattle, Washington. The […]

Cremation Products

Nashville area gets online cremation service

An online cremation provider has been opened in the Nashville and Middle Tennessee areas according to this press release.  Lumen Cremation, LLC, makes a point to mention to consumers that every cremation will be performed by a well-established Nashville mortuary that owns its own crematory. Lumen Cremation touts in the press release that “. . . . is different because everything happens online.  Families make their arrangements from the comfort of their own homes.” Lumen Cremation also touched on the […]

Cremation Preneed

Canada’s Eirene teams with Assurant for online pre-pay option. . more news to know

Toronto based cremation provider Eirene announced last week in this announcement that they would be teaming up with Assurant Life of Canada (ALOC), an affiliate of Assurant Inc., to allow for Canadians to be able to pre-pay for cremations online as part of their estate planning.  Eirene bills itself, on their website as, “High quality, affordable cremation services”. Eirene CEO Mallory Greene had this to say according to the press release, “Our partnership with ALOC delivers a solution designed to […]

Cremation Regulations

Maine legislature considering “outdoor open-air cremations”

You can read in this article and video report that the State of Maine legislature has before its Health and Human Services Committee a bill that would allow non-profit entities to carry out open-air cremations and then scatter the remains on the property owned by the non-profit. The bill would require the non-profit to own at least 20 acres of property and one group pushing the idea is a non-profit organization called Good Ground Great Beyond who currently own a […]

Cremation

Green up your cremations by recycling

There’s a lot of talk in our industry today about the disposition movements such as recomposition (human composting), alkaline hydrolysis (water cremation), and green burials.  All of those fairly new ideas for human dispositions argue that they are more environmentally friendly than casketed earth burial and cremation. While that is more than likely true. . . .and we can see modest growth over time in those processes as choices of the consumer, it is our prognosis at Funeral Director Daily […]

Cremation Preneed

Preneed is the answer

This article picks up on yesterday’s discussion of what could happen as more crematories are built expanding the supply of crematories in the United States.  Yesterday’s discussion then went to the thought process and question of, “Will this excess capacity in cremation move cremation to a lower and lower retail cost as death care companies vie for the limited number of clients?” Shortly after I wrote that article I came to the conclusion that, even if that does happen, the […]

Business Cremation

$5 footlongs . . . . and $695 cremations

Last week we commented on an article from funeral industry veteran Doug Gober.  That article encapsulated where Mr. Gober saw the investment money going in the death care industry.  We think Gober was right on in his assessment, but one of his insights . . . . .that of “the best way to add value to an existing funeral home is to add a crematory” brought a question from one of our readers that we think is interesting. That reader […]

Cemetery Cremation

The importance of permanent memorialization

The pyramids in Egypt were built to give permanent memorialization to the rulers of that land.  The tomb of the 13th Disciple to Christ, Matthias, can be seen to give credence to his life.  George Washington, known by many as the Father of America has a burial site at his Mount Vernon home. However, there can be no doubt that we are on a trend line to make permanent memorialization an afterthought to human life.  And, I think that is […]

Cremation Finance

Changing the Paradigm

Last week Foundation Partners Group issued a press release through Cision PR Newswire that you can read here.  The release dealt with some of the company’s ten year history in that it has grown into a company with nearly 160 locations serving over 75,000 families annually. Another thing that the release shouted was that Foundation Partners Group (FPG) serves a clientele that chooses cremation for 86% of its dispositions.  It’s noted that FPG believes that is an industry leading metric […]

Cremation

Canadian online direct cremation provider expanding

Late last year we brought you information on the Canadian on-line cremation start-up Eirene.  The company started in the Greater Toronto area and has announced in this press release that they will be expanding in Ontario. Mallory Greene, founder and  CEO of Eirene had this to say, “We built Eirene with a conviction that Canadians need a trusted partner and seamless online service to manage cremation arrangements for their loved-one’s passing.  “In the few months since making our platform available, […]