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) […]


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 […]


The abstract memorialization trend

Today’s article may take a little thinking outside the box, but I think that there is some justification to thinking in the model that I will relate.  As a funeral director during the time period of 1980 and 2015 I, arguably served in the period that cremation made its upswing in American death culture. And, like most funeral directors of my generation, we saw this increasing trend, in general, as a movement away from the high costs of earth burial […]

Cremation Regulations

Potential mandatory cremation causing stir in Great Britain coronavirus bill

According to this article from ARY News, the Great Britain drafted emergency Coronavirus Bill 2019-21, it is said to allow designated local authorities to disregard section 46(3) of the Public Health Act of 1984.  That section is designed to prevent a public authority to be able to cremate a body against the wishes of the deceased. Again, according to the article, the proposed bill has caused people in religious communities that may not prefer cremation to rally opposition.  They stand […]

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TGIF – It’s been quite a week!!

Let’s see. . . Super Bowl, State of the Union Speech, Impeachment Vote, my Minnesota Twins got involved in a blockbuster baseball trade, and my Minnesota Gophers beat arch-rival Wisconsin in basketball. . . it’s been quite a week to keep everything straight.  To end it for my Funeral Director Daily readers I will not bore you with a long business related article. . . but, will just provide you with some links on death care information that has been […]


Another “not in my backyard” crematory clash

Over the weekend we noticed this article from the Perryville News of Perryville, Missouri.  It concerns an issue that we are seeing more and more of as funeral homes and other concerns attempt to place new crematories in areas that they have not been located in before.  That issue centers around the public perception of emission safety of the cremation units. This particular situation includes the declination of a permit by the city’s planning and zoning commission with the reasoning […]


Can you make more by giving more?

Our funeral home firm embarked on building a new physical funeral home with a first ever, for us, crematory included in 2005.  It’s hard to believe that we have been headquartered there for 15 years as I remember things such as pointing out what trees we wanted to save on the bare lot.  Some of those trees are pretty big now. We decided to include a crematory simply because of what we had seen happening in our 40,000 population county.  […]

Cemetery Cremation

Columbarium conundrum

The realization that  57% of cremated remains are not accounted for by means whereas the deceased can be memorialized into the future has caused some church communities to wonder if their ministry can help address the needs of the community that would lower this number.  According to this article in the Rancho Santa Fe Review, 35% of cremated remains are buried at a cemetery and about 8% are placed in columbariums.  The remaining 57% are returned to the family or […]

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Cape Town appeals for cremations

On Monday we brought you an article featuring the Church of Greece telling its parishioners that they would be denied a church service if they choose cremation over the long traditional custom of earth burial.  Today, we bring you this article which deals with the topic of the City of Cape Town, South Africa, appealing for its residents to choose cremation over the traditional earth burial custom. As you might expect, the Cape Town appeal comes from a virtual lack […]