Cremated remains bring on new forms of art and remembrance

By Funeral Director Daily / March 15, 2022 /

It’s been almost forty years ago when I had a new idea for a business and approached a well-heeled potential investor.  The person did not become an investor but he did send me a note that he wanted to visit about the idea.  And, in that note he made this comment that has always stuck…

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It’s been 20 years since one of death care’s darkest days

By Funeral Director Daily / February 25, 2022 /

It was news in February 2002 when a player in one of North America’s most sacred occupations was discovered to have stored, what is believed to be, 344 dead human bodies that were poised for cremation.  It was what became known to many of us as the “Tri-State Crematory Scandal.” Led to discovery from an…

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Cremation provider launched consumer “Pay what you Want” price for January

By Funeral Director Daily / February 3, 2022 /

How would your funeral home come out in terms of profitability if you advertised a pricing method billed as “Pay what you want”?  Now, Caledonia Cremation is not your normal “Mom and Pop” funeral/cremation shop, but their January promotion is unique. Here’s what they say on their promotional website which you can access here: “Everyone…

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The next British invasion

By Funeral Director Daily / January 28, 2022 /

Americans have been influenced by the Brits for centuries.  In the pre-Revolutionary day the colonists enjoyed the tea imported from the East India Tea Company of England until John Hancock’s merchant shop found a way to circumvent the tax on such by buying tea from a Dutch company.  Those purchases led to the Boston Tea…

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A new idea for permanent memorialization

By Funeral Director Daily / January 14, 2022 /

I would guess it was twenty years ago or about that length of time that I was asked to volunteer as a board member of our community’s largest non-denominational cemetery.  The cemetery was large enough and did enough business that it had a full-time caretaker who took care of sales, provided interment services using cemetery…

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Desmond Tutu, alkaline hydrolysis, and the power of celebrity endorsement

By Funeral Director Daily / January 10, 2022 /

It’s not every day that something that happens with a funeral gets publicity around the world.  However, like in other events in the history of the world, there are points that you can look back on in retrospect and say that they could have been turning points in society mores. As I’ve been searching for…

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Out with the old. . .

By Funeral Director Daily / December 31, 2021 /

This article will be sent to Funeral Director Daily subscribers on the last day of 2021.  By that time America will have passed the 800,000 number of deaths due to Covid-19 and will have had more deaths in 2021 than in 2020.  That’s 800,000 individual human beings who have lost their lives and it is…

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Considerations for a crematory

By Funeral Director Daily / December 16, 2021 /

The Cremation Association of North America (CANA) showed statistics that cremation dispositions in the United States accounted for about 56% of all human dispositions in 2020.  I’m guessing that percentage will grow slightly for 2021 as it has every year for the past 40 or so years. CANA’s futuristic looking statistics, which have been pretty…

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NFL’s Steelers not amused by end zone cremation scattering

By Funeral Director Daily / October 21, 2021 /

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…

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Foundation Partners Group fuels growth through cremation

By Funeral Director Daily / October 15, 2021 /

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%. …

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