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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 […]

Cremation Regulations

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]