Cremation

Is “Service” more important than “Convenience and Price”?

By Funeral Director Daily / May 22, 2024 /

      Is “Service” more important than “Convenience and Price”?  That’s an interesting question that some businesses are asking themselves today. . . . .and the answer is “It Depends”.   Just over the last weekend I came upon two articles — one pertaining to Walmart and the other to their rival Target.  In…

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Here’s a unique way to blend land preservation with urn burials

By Funeral Director Daily / May 17, 2024 /

    Funeral directing company  A.W. Lymn of Nottinghamshire, Great Britain, has been giving the green light to construct an ancient style facility for the disposition of cremated human remains.  As this article maintains, “they have been granted permission for the first and only modern barrow site in the East Midlands”.   (Editor’s Note:  I…

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Our take: Post-Cremation products are here to stay

By Funeral Director Daily / May 15, 2024 /

  One of my friends attended the latest convention of the International Cemetery, Cremation, and Funeral Association (ICCFA) and reported to me that “there were a crazy amount of post-cremation product vendors exhibiting available options”.  And, sometimes when I walk into arrangement rooms where many post-cremation options are available I get a sense of how big…

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Take a cue from Apple. . . Sell more services

By Funeral Director Daily / May 7, 2024 /

      Apple has been seeing sales of its iPhone declining.  The product, which makes up about 1/2 of the company’s sales, dropped in sales revenue another 10% in the last quarter according to Apple’s 2Q Financial Report which came out last week.   According to this article however, Apple had a jump of…

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Because that’s where the money will be. . . .

By Funeral Director Daily / May 1, 2024 /

  Again today I’m building off some of the impressions that my friend, Rolf Gutknecht of LA Ads – A Marketing Agency had during his time at the recent ICCFA Convention in Tampa.  As mentioned in yesterday’s article, Rolf puts out a little paper titled “Insights” which included his impressions of the convention.   Today,…

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Eirene receives $4 million in seed funding, expands into the United States

By Funeral Director Daily / April 29, 2024 /

  It was announced in this recent Pulse 2.0 article that Canada’s online-operated cremation provider Eirene has recently received over $4 million in seed funding led by Relay Ventures with participation from at least two other entities.   According to the article that brings a total of $5 million in funding to the company that was…

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County governments seem to have lots of problems, are human remains another one?

By Funeral Director Daily / April 22, 2024 /

      Funeral Director Daily recently learned through this article from Public Media for Central Pennyslvania that Centre County will be building a 160-unit columbarium in Zion, Pennsylvania, to house urns that have went unclaimed.  According to the article, the columbarium will cost over $19,000 and the county has 41 cardboard urns at this…

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Well intentioned rules and regulations need to be thought through, clarified

By Funeral Director Daily / March 20, 2024 /

    Well-intentioned rules and regulations are put into place by organizations.  Sometimes, however, like America has found out with the disastrous “de-fund the police” movement, the results are not what the organizers intended them to be.   I think it is a little like that with the new dictate that the Veterans Administration has…

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Permanent Memorialization: How long is “Permanent”?

By Funeral Director Daily / February 29, 2024 /

      How long is “Permanent”?  That is a question that has never been answered, but in many cases you will find out that “permanent” is not really “permanent”.   There is an interesting dilemma going on in Surrey British Columbia, Canada, right now.  According to this article, a popular pet cemetery is about…

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Are you registered for CANA’s “Thinking Green” cremation symposium?

By Funeral Director Daily / January 8, 2024 /

  It is a only a little more than a month away. . . .are you ready to attend?  The “It” I’m referring to is the “Thinking Green” Cremation Symposium hosted in Las Vegas, Nevada, by the Cremation Association of North America (CANA).  It’s happening from February 14-16, 2024, and you can learn much more…

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