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What to do with unclaimed cremation remains

The article that I just read was all about Cremation #17263 that was left at the York, Nebraska, non-profit known as Blue Valley Community Action of York.  The cardboard box was left at a drop there in the middle of the night. It was discovered, according to the article you can read here, by volunteer Terry King who proceeded to open the cardboard box and discover Cremation #17263.  The article goes on to say that the police department was called, […]

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Better Place Forests adds Minnesota property

A little over a year ago Funeral Director Daily brought you this article introducing Better Place Forests to our readers.  At that time we said of the idea, “Think of it. . . increased cremation and now a place – like cemeteries of old – where today’s consumer will feel comfortable placing the remains of loved ones in an environmentally friendly way and place.  An interesting venture. . . and one whose time may have come.” At that time the […]

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Parting Stone keeps moving forward

It is not everyday that a new category for the consumer to choose from comes along.  A new category has to be so unique that while it may have other ideas to compete with it, it is somewhat all by itself in the product or service it offers to the consumer. What is interesting is that after so many years of watching the death care space provide basic options in the earth burial and cremation consumer categories with very little […]

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How direct cremation pioneer Pure Cremation has disrupted the UK’s funeral industry

*Re-printed with permission from Pure Cremation. Before 2015 the funeral industry in Great Britain still looked and felt very Victorian. Most ceremonies were still rooted in 200-year old traditions and any deviation from the norm was frowned upon by both funeral directors and mourners. However, this was set to change when veteran undertaker Bryan Powell along with his wife Catherine encountered a few people unwilling to accept the default format because it did not suit the deceased’s worldview and lifestyle […]

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Black smoke rising. . . bad PR for crematories

In the last couple of weeks we have seen headlines and television news stories about black smoke rising from crematory exhaust stacks.  This article and news video from WSVN of Miami, Florida, shows what appears to be a problem from a crematory near the community’s Little Havana neighborhood. Steven Bedoya, an environmental specialist supervisor of Miami-Dade County is quoted as saying this, “No one should see black smoke coming from any of the county’s 11 human crematories.”  Bedoya also said […]

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COVID-19 and Cremation. . .more cremation. . what could it mean

The last thing I want to do with Funeral Director Daily is get into political sides of issues.  And, I will try to once again straddle the line today with this article I entitle “COVID-19 and Cremation. . more cremation. . what could it mean”.  I happened to see this article entitled “The COVID-19 Cremation Trend” from Next Avenue and tried to use it while looking up statistics from the Center for Disease Control to understand the phenomena as it […]

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The two Nike guys out to disrupt the death care industry

I came across this recent article from Seed Investor entitled “Solace co-founder David Odusanya on the impact of COVID-19”.  The article intrigued me, not because of the COVID-19 fact, but because I knew that Solace was the company founded in Portland, Oregon, by two Nike executives to enter the low-cost direct cremation market. According to the company web-site, Solace provides direct cremation with “Concierge Level Support” thru Solace Care Teams for $895. The death care space has historically been won […]

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CANA’s Virtual Convention. . .an experience. . . the future?

A few months ago and already into the travel related issues of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cremation Association of North America (CANA) was one of the first, if not the first, trade organization to announce that they would be foregoing their traditional convention and replacing that convention with something touted as a “Virtual Convention”.  In my opinion, CANA should be lauded for taking this step into the unknown in an effort to keep camaraderie and the dissemination of  knowledge and […]

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Afternoon Edition: crematory fire rapid response cited

In today’s edition of Funeral Director Daily’s Afternoon Edition, among other stories,  we bring you the story of a Washington state funeral home that had its 20-year old crematory catch on fire on Friday.  According to news reports swift action by staff and the local fire department made for minimal damage at Moles Farewell Tributes in Ferndale, Washington. News from the world of Death Care: No injuries, but crematory unit destroyed in a fire in Whatcom County.  Bellingham Herald (WA) […]

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Don’t forget CANA

As we mentioned in yesterday’s feature article that pertained to the financial side of the death care industry, it has been a different and interesting year in that realm.  Today, we will be reminding you that it has also been an interesting and different year on the relationship side of the profession. I’m a guy who thrives on relationships and the interpersonal communication that being in the physical presence of other human beings brings.  Over my career I’ve served on […]