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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 […]

Cremation Preneed

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 […]

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Death care receives criticism on three continents

I’ve operated and managed a thriving funeral home.  If you’ve been there and done it. . . you know it is 24/7/365. . . .not many days go by when you don’t worry about something.  And, I’ve dealt with grieving family members, regulators, and the consumer movement too.  When you operate a community funeral home, there is a lot to do. . . . . and a lot of people who will tell you how to do it better — […]

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The sky is not falling

I was somewhat amused as I watched this television news report from ABC News 11 in North Carolina.  The story is entitled, “For the first time there are more cremations than burials in North Carolina:  What is behind the change?”  I wasn’t amused due to the story line, what somewhat amused me is the anchor of the news station seeming very surprised by the news that this is happening. The anchor eventually asks the reporter something to the nature about […]

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Death care start-ups Recompose and Pure Cremation keep moving forward

New ideas come to the forefront in all industries from time to time.  Some never get going, some ideas stagnate, but it is really exciting when you see some ideas and concepts catch a tailwind and continue to move forward. In the last couple of weeks we have seen news from two death care start-ups, Seattle’s Recompose and Great Britain’s Pure Cremation, that make us believe that their masts are billowing with some wind behind the sails. Recompose, the original […]

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New York Senate, Assembly pass exemption to move crematory

From time to time over the past couple of years Funeral Director Daily has written articles about the Amigone Funeral Home crematory in Tonawanda, New York.  The crematory is part of a funeral home in a residential neighborhood where neighbors have complained for years. Legislation was recently passed in New York that would, when signed by Governor Cuomo, amend New York State law, which prohibits “the construction of new combination funeral home-crematories, and the relocation of those that opened prior […]